Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Oct 31 - Nov 7, 2015
Avg. Sea State: light chop to choppy
Avg. Winds: 10-15knots
Avg. Water Temp: 84F
Avg. Air Temp: 86F
Avg. Visibility: 80-120ft
Stewardess - Vanessa
Engineer - Fermin
Instructor - Andre
Dive Sites this week:
Half Moon Caye Wall
South East Cut
Long Caye Wall
This week we welcomed Linda, Janae, Brent, Anne, Bronco, Jeff, Larry, Janet, Marilyn, Joe, Tammy, Chuck, Victoria, Jack, Jan, Bill, Ronda, and Roger.
Saturday Oct 31, 2015
Guests boarded at 3pm and got settled in. We then did our introductions and safety briefing, and then toasted to a great week ahead before having a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Anna.
Sun Mar 1, 2015
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Zipline
The week started out with our check out dives at Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll. Our excited divers eagerly hopped in to explore the underwater gardens below. On our first day, we saw a hawksbill turtle, a huge roughtail stingray, sargassum triggerfish, a very large scorpionfish, lobsters, eels, yellow headed jawfish, a school of jacks, lots of grouper and barracuda.
Dive Sites: Julie’s Jungle & Silver Caves
Today we checked one item off our guests’ wish list…a seahorse. We found a large lined seahorse that stood out with its bright orange color. It’s always a great dive when we find a seahorse. We also saw several morays, including a huge green moray swimming along the wall and found a massive channel clinging crab. There were trunk fish, Sergeant majors, Creole wrasse, and jacks everywhere. That night we also had one of the best night dives of the week, with sightings of octopi, squid, eels, lobsters, slipper lobsters, crabs, nudibranch, and basket stars to name a few.
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Wall
We started the morning with an island excursion on Half Moon Caye Natural Monument to see the nesting grounds of the Red-Footed Booby and the Magnificent Frigate birds. After our island tour we headed over to the Great Blue Hole, where we dropped down to the depths to explore the massive stalactite formations.
That afternoon we continued our day of diving at Half Moon Caye wall, where we were visited by several Caribbean reef sharks…another item scratched off our divers’ wish list. We also saw several freindly Nassau groupers, and barracuda. In the shallows over the sand and grass beds, we came across several sting rays, some flounder, and a school of blue parrotfish. There were razorfish and garden eels all around.
Dive Sites: South East Cut & Long Caye Wall
Wednesday we went diving at South East Cut and Long Caye Wall. We saw more sharks, turtles, and finally some Eagle Rays…I was wondering where they were hiding for the first few days. We also swam along with Nassau groupers, saw several eels, and just had fun exploring the reef and watching the reef fish swimming about. At the end of the dive we were surrounded by Horse-eye jacks and tarpon.
Dive Sites: Dos Cocos & Half Moon Caye Wall
Even though we saw tons of reef fish, Caribbean Reef sharks, turtles, free-swimming morays, Eagle Rays, Southern stingrays, a goatee blenny, and groupers…one of the coolest things about today’s dives was swimming amongst the thousands and thousands of silversides on the night dive.
Dive Sites: Grand Bogue & Front Porch
Today we managed to squeeze in 2 dive sites for our final 2 dives of the week. It was a great send off to a fabulous week of diving. We saw free swimming morays, Eagle Rays, spotted toadfish, logger head and hawksbill turtles. On the way back home, we were visited by a pod of dolphins!
Congrats to Ronda on dive #200!
Congrats to Linda, Ronda, and Roger on becoming Nitrox certified!
Congrats to our Iron Divers…Janet, Janae, Jeff, Bronco, and Brent!
Hope to see you all again. Thank you for visiting us on the Belize Aggressor III. EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!