Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log 19th-26th November 2016
Air Temp: 88 Fahrenheit / 31 Celsius
Water Temp: 85 Fahrenheit / 29 Celsius
9 Guests: Beth, Ethan & David, Jim, Ron & Kanami, Evans, Amanda & Andrew,
Sunday- Black Beauty & Front Porch
Monday- Lighthouse Wall, Chain Wall & Eel Town
Tuesday- Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye Wall
Wednesday- Silver Caves & Julies Jungle
Thursday- Long Caye Ridge & Long Caye Wall
Guests boarded and were shown to their cabins. Guest and crew introductions plus a vessel Safety briefing. Refreshments on arrival and dinner served onboard.
An early morning departure from Belize Tourist Village. Initial passage eastward from the Belize mainland across to the Atoll fringing reefs, situated south of Turneffe Island. The initial check dive was made at Black Beauty dive site. Plenty to see and all the divers were happy with their dive equipment. Divers found several large Barracuda, Neck Crabs and Moray eels.
After lunch, Aggressor III travelled northwards. A further two dives completed at Front Porch dive site, situated also on the southern tip of Turneffe island. The endemic Toadfish was found plus squid, lobsters, moray eels and much more seen by the divers.
Aggressor crew welcomed onboard the delayed arrival of guest Evans. After the afternoon dives, Aggressor III headed East to stay at the night mooring at Lighthouse reef atoll.
After breakfast, a short journey was made from the night mooring in the lagoon to Lighthouse Wall dive site, to the south of Half Moon Caye. Two dives completed here and Divers found schools of silverside fish, large blue parrotfish, large yellow fin groupers, spiny lobsters and lettuce sea slugs. During lunch, Aggressor travelled to Chain Wall dive site, situated further down the same reef wall system, South of Half Moon Caye. Divers were visited by numerous Caribbean reef sharks, some friendly groupers, two swimming moray eels and a hawksbill turtle.
After the afternoon dive at Chain Wall dive site, Belize Aggressor headed to its night mooring. A night dive was completed at the night mooring “Eel town” dive site. Divers found many crabs, spiny lobsters, feather and brittle stars, southern sting rays. Shrimp, Comb jellies and squid were found in the mid-water column. After the dive, guests enjoyed the Jacuzzi hot tub on the top deck.
After breakfast, Belize Aggressor travelled north, meandering through lighthouse inner reefs, to the Blue Hole dive site. Calm conditions and a north Easterly breeze for this single dive. The divers viewed its natural circular form and underwater stalagtites. A mantis shrimp was found in the shallow waters.
After the dive, Belize Aggressor traveled back south to Half Moon Caye where all the guests departed for an island excursion. Frigate birds, red breasted boobie birds viewed at this marine sanctuary. Guests wandered along the beach and relaxed in the shade of the palm trees.
Guests returned onboard from the island for lunch onboard.
After lunch Belize Aggressor headed to Half Moon Caye wall dive site. Two afternoon dives here. Divers found hundreds of garden eels, conch, schools of creole wrasse, large marble and yellow fin groupers, tarpon, many barracuda, blue tangs plus much more. The night dive was also completed at this dive site. Divers heard reef toadfish. Divers found many basket stars, tarpon plus both slipper and spiny lobsters.
After the night dive, Belize Aggressor headed to its night mooring in Lighthouse reef lagoon.
In the morning after breakfast, Aggressor III moved from the sheltered night mooring to the North West tip of Long Island. Two dives completed at Silver Caves dive site. Divers enjoyed the caverns filled with silverside fish. Photographers enjoyed finding a seahorse on the reef wall. Other highlights included schools of Creole wrasse, barracuda and groupers. While guests enjoyed lunch onboard, Belize Aggressor moved to Julies Jungle dive site. Divers found juvenile Caribbean reef shark, many southern stingrays and the macro photographers found lettuce sea slugs. The night dive was also completed at Julies jungle dive site. Many basket stars and feathers stars were found on the crest of the reef wall. Divers also found many crabs and spiny lobsters as well as squid found directly underneath the Belize Aggressor. After the night dive, the Aggressor moved to its night mooring in Lighthouse atoll lagoon.
After breakfast, Aggressor moved to Long Caye Ridge dive site, a wall site running parallel to the West of Long Caye. Divers enjoyed good visibility. Two morning dives at this site. Divers found a number of scorpion fish, pairs of blue tangs, mantis shrimp, large yellow fin groupers and a pair of purple crowned sea goddesses.
After lunch, Belize Aggressor moved north to Long Caye Wall dive site. Advanced visibility enabled divers to sight several sharks, barracudas, large schools of creole wrasse on the reef crest. Divers also found decorator neck crabs, large numbers of schooling horse eyed jacks, chubb and tarpon fish. After the two afternoon dives, Belize aggressor headed back to its night mooring. Evening entertainment was the showing of the charter video filmed by Captain Chris.
Belize Aggressor headed to Half Moon Caye Wall. An early dawn dive before breakfast plus another morning dive at this site. Macro photographers were pleased to find a Goatee Blenny. Other aquatic life was hundreds of garden eels. Midnight parrotfish, a pair of purple crowned sea goddesses, razor fish and stingrays.
After the dive, Belize Aggressor headed west and back to Belize Tourist Village dock.
In the evening, guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers during the photo slideshow compiled by both crew and guests.
Award presentations for the following divers:
Iron Diver Awards: Dave, Ron & Kanami, Jim
Advanced Open Water: Ethan
…Well that’s the week over and at 08:00 AM on Saturday, the crew said their farewells to the guests departing the Beautiful Belize Aggressor III.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!
Captain Matt Rutledge