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Belize Aggressor IV
Dec 19-26, 2015
Air Temp: 81-83º F,
Water Temp: 80º F
3mm Wetsuit recommended
On a beautifully Belizean day we welcomed 20 charming and enthusiastic guests onboard the Belize Aggressor IV. Everyone was excited to be back or visiting for the first time. Once all were situated on the dive deck and in their cabins we all congregated in the salon area for a formal crew introduction and a fun and informative safety and yacht briefing, followed by the guests introducing themselves. We were joined this week by: David & Valentina, a family of four Catherine, Peter, Carson & Parker, Sonja, Kyle, Martha, Harry Christopher & Matthew, Ellen, Rob Dan & Liz, David & Carol, Sandy & Jack:
When it was all said and done we all knew we were in for a great friendly week of diving, everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Jerry and the Galley staff. And later that evening we departed to Light House Reef.
Sunday morning our first day of diving was eventful and wonderful. We started our first day of diving at Julies Jungle and Long Caye Wall, a friendly turtle greeted the divers as they traversed along the wall of Julies Jungle. Lionfish and trumpet fish were seen relaxing and hanging around upside down and slightly hidden in the reef. The deep blue color of the water and light aqua color against the white sand made for a perfect picture setting to begin the week of diving, at Long Caye wall we had two great afternoon dives and a night dive, there was schools of Horse Eye Jacks under the Yacht mostly hanging out around the hang bar making our safety stop much more enjoyable, the night dive was the highlight of the day as most of the divers got to see their first Octopus for the week.
Monday morning the weather was better than the day before, so we venture over to Half Moon Caye Island, site Half Moon Caye Wall. The topography of the Reef here is completely deferent from the rest of the atoll here on light house Reef thus giving a dramatic view on the wall, swimming through the crevasses that starts at twenty five feet coming out anywhere from thirty to seventy five feet deep is an awesome intro to a dive, here we had some very friendly Groupers, and at least two Reef Sharks that kept their distant on the wall, swimming over the Eel garden was another spectacular view, watching them vanish as you approach, as if it was a magic show, but one of the best magical view was as we swim through a canyon coming out on the wall, there was this big Spotted Eagle Ray slowly gliding by showing its beautiful triangle contour with so many perfectly white dotted spots, a very special moment that was enjoy, we then move on to site Long Caye Ridge where we had two great afternoon dives and a night dive followed by a guest party and games.
Tuesday was a much exciting day we dove at Chain Wall, and here we always encounter very friendly Reef Sharks that will come as close as you will want them to, giving everyone a chance to capture a moment of emphatic power and beauty, swimming over the sandy bottom there was also much to see, we saw a few Southern Stingray and a little baby Pipe Fish among the hundreds of Eel Garden, our next move was to Eagle Ray Wall a very shallow reef that provides the opportunity swim along the beautiful wall at twenty feet and get that long wish bottom time enjoying the beautiful reef structure and all the fish activity around.
Wednesday we made our move to the great Blue Hole, a dive awaited for by all, as we maneuver into the Blue Hole everybody was on the Sun deck enjoying the beautiful view, not only did we get to plunge into the abyss, but also to swim under and around the majestic Stalactites at depth, it was a quick dive but well worth it, the Blue Hole same to be one of the dives that are on the list for many. After the dive we venture over the Half Moon Cay Island for a quick tour and walk on the beautiful white sandy seashore with the hermit Crabs, Iguanas and many red footed Bobbies, and then back onboard for a delicious meal and of course by then everybody was ready to go diving again, so we move over to one of our favorite site Silver Caves, last week we had a very special encounter here with a friend of a friend here, a cute little brown and white Sea Horse, but this week we had our mean celebrity on the show, an Orange color with a few white circle around its beautiful apparel, yes this little Sea Horse is our hero, so cute as he swim from branch to branch, and of course all the fish activity and the soft coral and a few Sharks on the wall made it a wonderful day of diving. On the night dive a huge Logger Head Turtle was found resting on the bottom, among the many other little creatures that was seen,
Thursday morning we dove at site Painted Wall and later site Quebrada,
We saw two Turtles, Spotted Eagle Ray, Golden Tail Moray, big Crabs, two little Neck Crabs very close together on a branch, Many Tarpons, a large Green Moray free swimming giving great opportunity for photos and videos, on our night dive we saw a total of four Octopus, Squids, Scorpion Fish, Spotted Eel and many Lobster out and about toping the day off as a great day of diving again, this all lead to a big tasty thanks giving dinner prepared by Chef Jerry and the galley staff, after dinner a big thank you from the crew for joining us for the week and a briefing for the next two days, followed by a video of the week presentation where all our guest get to be the stars.
Friday morning we made our last two dives for the week off the Island of Turneffe, site Sandy Slope, and of course it was enjoy by all and very happy to know that there was two more dives, this week there was nothing left to see that was not, everybody had a wonderful safe week of diving.
The crew from the Belize Aggressor IV, will like to thank you for choosing us, and want you to know that we love you all, and will love to have you aboard again in the near future, Merry Christmas and SAFE DIVING!!