Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log- 20th to 27th August, 2016
Air Temp: 88 Fahrenheit / 31 Celsius
Water Temp: 85 Fahrenheit / 29 Celsius
2nd Captain: Matt
17 Guests: Angeline, Pedro, Kenny, Isabelle, Jean, Daniel, John D, Miguel, John M, Chris G, Richard, Paco, Bella, Amit, Linda, Chris S & Maya
Sunday – Sandy Slope & Long Cay Wall
Monday-Long Cay Ridge & Julie’s Jungle
Tuesday-The Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Cay Lagoon & Half Moon Cay Wall
Wednesday – Tarpon Caves & Chain Wall
Thursday- Lighthouse Wall & Grand Bogue
Friday- Front Porch & Black Beauty
Saturday August 20th
All guests boarded in the afternoon. Refreshments on arrival, passenger safety briefing and dinner served onboard. Late evening departure and travel at night to the first dive site.
Sunday August 21st
On the western reefs of the Turneffe Islands. The initial check out dives were made on Sandy Slope Dive Site. Plenty was seen underwater including a pair of eagle rays, Caribbean reef sharks and moray eels. All the divers were happy with their own dive equipment. Congratulations to John D on completing his 500th dive. In the afternoon, eastward travel across to lighthouse reef. Afternoon and night dives at Long Cay Wall. Tarpons, Neck crab, Seahorses, Barracudas and reef sharks. Night diving/ Marine Biological presentation by Dive Instructor Ken
Monday August 22nd
Sharks, 4 x Eagle rays, Eels. Sea Horses and Big Eyed Jacks were amongst the aquatic life seen at Long Cay Ridge and Julie’s jungle dive sites. Diving on the Western reefs of Long Cay and the Night dive at Julie’s jungle; also staying at the dive site overnight.
Tuesday August 23rd
Travel northwards meandering through the lagoon of lighthouse reef to dive “The Great Blue Hole”. A unique dive site with it’s own fascinating stalagmite structures and natural circular form.
After the dive, Aggressor III retraced its path southwards for the guests to enjoy an excursion to half moon cay. Red footed boobie birds and magnificent frigates that nest there, the entire year and guests walked along the deserted beach. Some guests chose to dive the 3m shallow waters instead. . After lunch, Aggressor III moved through the cut of lighthouse reef and onto the reef walls of Half Moon Cay. Friendly large groupers at the Half Moon Cay Wall dives. Stingrays and lesser electric rays found amongst the reefs swim through.
Wednesday August 24th
Guests woke up with Aggressor III already located at the reefs south of Half Moon Cay. Fantastic diving at Tarpon Caves. Sharks and rays. Swim throughs on this wall dive.
In the afternoon. Aggressor headed west and to the north -West long reef dive site of Chain Wall
Thursday August 25th
Extra calm seas allowed for Aggressor III to locate to the dive site called Lighthouse wall on the south of half moon cay. Turtles, rays and pipefish. After 2 great dives, an afternoon travel westward back to Turneffe Island. The East coast dive site was at Grand Bogue.
Friday August 26th
Travelling now south to the southern tip of Turneffe Island. Two dives on Turneffe Islands’ southern reef called Black Beauty. Then slightly south was another site, where the final dive was completed at Front porch. Endemic toadfish were firm favorites for all divers, especially the photographers. In the afternoon, Aggressor III travelled back to port. The evening Barbecue, wine and cheese preceded the evening’s entertainment a photography slideshow of all the guests. Following that show reel of great underwater photos collated throughout the week was an Award presentation to the following divers
Enriched Air Diver– Amit
Iron Diver Awards- Kenny, Linda, John M & Angeline
500 Dives Completed- John
100 Dives - Kenny
…Well that’s the week over and at 8:00AM on Saturday, the crew said their farewells to the guests departing the Beautiful Belize Aggressor III.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!
Captains Chris Taylor & Matt Rutledge