Belize Aggressor IV (Sun Dancer II) : Dec 12 - 19,2015
Water Temp: 82-84 F
Vis: 80-100 Ft
Weather: Sunny all week!
Crew: Captain Eddy, First Mate John, Engineer Simon, Ints/Divemaster William, Chef Jerry, Stewardess Elia, Assistant Chef Carlos;
Dive Sites Visited:
Sunday: Long Caye Ridge & Julies Jungle
Monday: Half Moon Caye & Eagle Ray Wall
Tuesday: Site Chain Wall & Long Caye Wall
Wednesday: Blue Hole & Silver Caves
Thursday: East Cut & Painted Wall
Friday: Sandy Slope
Another week of Fun on the Sun Dancer II and a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and dive Lighthouse Reef, the most beautiful diving in Belize! The charter started on Saturday the divers were excited and got to set up their gear on the dive deck and unpack to make themselves feel at home in their staterooms. Upstairs there were snacks and drinks going around and once everyone was comfortably on board and relaxing the safety briefing and introductions were made. Everyone, other than six divers had previously been on a live aboard in the past, after dinner and dessert we set out to Lighthouse reef to begin our week of diving.
The first day of diving began at Long Caye Ridge followed by Julies Jungle, the first dive was all about getting weighted properly and getting familiar with all the diving gear again, but even so there was a lot to see and appreciate, the coral banded shrimp and barracuda cleaning station were exciting to witness. There was a few big lobster, the first sighting of a turtle someone discover some wonderfully decorated crabs that were photogenic with their arms and cute poses and a school of jacks and chubs under the boat made a very dramatic entrance and return to the boat. We also made our first night dive of the week here.
Monday Morning we dove at Half Moon Caye Island at a site by its name, here we had some wonderful friendly Groupers that posed for photos and videos with the divers, a few Southern Stingray’s in the sand with confused Bar jacks acting as if they were partners, Thousands of Eel Garden, two Spotted Eagle Ray on the wall and of course two Reef Shark, we then move over to Eagle Ray Wall, for the next two afternoon and our night dive. Some Pederson shrimp and a bunch of tarpon were discovered under the boat, waiting for the night divers to light up their dinner On the night dive we found basket star, it was fun to use our lights to hold the worms close to the basket stars and they will curl and twist up catching the worms and appreciating the dinner being delivered to them like fast food to their doorstep, there was also two Octopus seen a big one and a little baby one, a big Spotted Eel out and about on a hunt.
Tuesday morning we dove at Chain Wall this site can be consider our Shark dive, there is something very special about this site so we assume it’s a Shark alley, and of course they were there as if they were waiting for the divers, the afternoon dives was made at Long Caye Wall again we had some awesome dives, the highlight of this site was and Octopus feeding on a conch right under the boat.
Wednesday was a much exited day, as we plan for the great Blue hole where divers get a chance to make that deep dive they always wanted to do, but no deeper than a recreational dive, on this dive we have two DM in the water, who will point out the majestic Stalactites that hangs on the overhang of the wall, one more time we heard the same words again, “what a great dive”. For the rest of the day we dove at Silver Caves, here we had a lot of fish activity big groupers hanging out on the wall, thousands of Creole Wrasses all going into one direction on the wall and occasionally stopping in a cleaning station, and of course we had one of our big friend Mr Reef shark made a few close passes on the wall, during the briefing we planned to go search for our little hero Sea Horse but instead we found a new friend of he’s, he was a little smaller but still very cute, the night dive was probably one of the best for the whole week, there was Reef Squids, Spotted Eel out free swimming, two very friendly Octopus and one of them was Huge, there was also many big King Crabs out playing and Lobster everywhere on the reef, over all it was a great day of diving.
Thursday morning we dove at East Cut, to our surprise there was at least three or four Reef Sharks on the wall, a Scorpion Fish, a really friendly Turtle, Spotted Eagle ray on the wall and a few Groupers that just made the dive even more fun as they will hold their ground and go face to face with divers. We then move over to Painted Wall where we dove for the rest of the day and was enjoy by all, this is a very shallow dive with plenty of soft coral and big schools of Bermuda Chubs, Sargent majors, and cute little Blennies just about on every coral head, on the wall we saw branches of Blue Bell and Painted Tunicates, but the highlight of this site was “Bubu” our friendly loggerhead Turtle that same to be at least 100 years old, came by to say hi. Then when all the divers were back onboard it happen, a big school of Dolphin showed up right next to the yacht, and quickly a few divers got in the water and was able to swim with over 20 Dolphins, it was very exciting just to see all this action going on. With the end of a wonderful charter coming to an end, we decided to make our crossing over to Turneffe Island.
And finish this beautiful week of diving at Sandy Slope, the entire charter was incredible, everyone had a wonderful time and on Behalf of the Entire Crew of the Sun Dancer II we would like to THANK YOU for joining us. We hope to dive with you again in the future. THE GOOSE GROUP WAS INCREDIBLY GREAT!!