Belize Aggressor IV
November 19-26, 2016
Water Temp: 81F
Vis: 80-100 ft;
Weather: Partly sunny. Winds NNE 10-15 kts.
Crew: Captain Alex, First Mate John, Divemaster William, Divemaster Conway, Chef Carlos, Assistant Chef Jean, Stewardess Elia
Sunday: Angelfish Wall & Elkhorn
Monday: Inspiration & Half Moon Cay Wall
Tuesday: Long Cay Ridge & Julie’s Jungle
Wednesday: Blue Hole & Long Cay Wall
Thursday: Chain Wall & Silver Caves
Friday: Black Beauty
We started our trip with an overnight crossing of 50 miles out to Lighthouse Reef. We started our dives at Angelfish Wall, where a newly installed mooring allowed us to dive for the first time in over a year. The dive turned out to be the highlight of the trip for many with some fantastic encounters with Spotted Eagle Rays and friendly Reef Sharks, along with a bounty of colorful reef fish along the top of the wall.
As the winds stayed strong from the North, we began with a few dives down at Inspiration on the Western side of Long Cay. A slightly deeper site, we found a very friendly free swimming green moray cruising along over the undulating coral bottom. For the afternoon and evening, we shifted North to Half Moon Cay wall. A fantastic site that never disappoints, Half Moon starts with a broad sandy plateau home to numerous stingrays and hermit crabs, the sand then abruptly transitions into a huge line of coral filled with swimthroughs and all manner of nooks and crannies for interesting reef critters to hide in.
The winds slowly began shifting to the East, so today we made our first dives over on the Western side of long cay at Long Cay Ridge in the morning and Julie’s Jungle in the evening. Both sites have an excellent array of canyons and cuthroughs all along the top of the wall, and the shallows are full of Stingrays, Jawfish, and other sand-dwelling critters. The highlight of the day was divemaster William finding a pair of Nurse Sharks sleeping under a ledge just underneath the boat!
The winds continued to abate, and we were treated a nice bit of sunshine as we made our way up to explore the Great Blue Hole at the center of Lighthouse Reef. At 1000 feet across and 400 feet deep, the Blue Hole is an awe-inspiring feature of the Lighthouse Reef system and is a must-see for visiting divers. The hole is the result of a ancient cave collapse, and between 110 and 130 feet, divers can swim amongst the massive stalactites that used to the line the ceiling of the cave. After the Blue Hole, we had time for a brief jaunt ashore at Half Moon Cay, where you can get up close and personal with nesting frigates and red-footed boobies.
For the afternoon, we got in a few fantastic dives at Silver Caves, a site that draws its name from several swimthroughs and caves that often attract large schools of silversides. The rest of the site is pretty stunning as well, the shallows are full of rich, healthy soft corals and the wall is home to a few big, friendly Black Grouper. Of course, the real highlight of the dive was getting to hang out with our friendly, resident seahorse.
Our final morning was spent on the Eastern side of Turneffe Atoll, at a site called Black Beauty. A pair of very friendly resident Green Morays accompanied our divers through both dives making for an excellent finish to an excellent week.
Once again, we bid farewell to another group of new friends that we hope to see again soon. Thanks to all for a wonderful week!