Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log- Feb 11-18, 2017
Wind: Light Breezes
Water Temp: 86 Fahrenheit
17 Guests: Yana, Tsvetan, Ivan, Tsvetan, Nikolay, Petar, Iveta, Dimitar, Neli, Daniela, Todor, Desislava, Christan, Plamen, Georgi, Gergana, Ivaylo
Sunday – Julies Jungle & Long Caye Wall
Monday- Half Moon Caye Wall & Long Caye Ridge
Tuesday- Blue Hole & Painted Wall
Wednesday – Lighthouse Wall, Eagle Ray Pass, Chain Wall
Thursday - Silver Caves & Front Porch
Friday- Sandy Slope
Saturday Feb 4th
All guests boarded in the afternoon. Refreshments on arrival, passenger safety briefing and dinner served onboard. A late evening departure with travel overnight to Lighthouse Reef.
Sunday Feb 5th
Travel directly overnight from Belize City to Julies Jungle dive site near Long Caye for two check dives. All the divers were happy with their equipment. Divers found schooling creole wrasse, spiny and slipper lobsters, moray eels and barracuda at this wall dive site. After lunch a short journey to Long Caye Wall for two afternoon dives and a night dive. Divers found a hawksbill turtle swimming, camouflaged neck crabs and tarpon. The night divers swam with tarpon fish, squid and found hundreds of crinoids and basket stars feeding. After the night dive and while dinner was served, the Aggressor headed to its night mooring within the lagoon of lighthouse reef.
Monday Feb 13th
After spending the night at the Lagoon. The Aggressor headed to Half Moon Caye Wall dive site. Two morning dives. A pair of spotted Eagle rays, large midnight parrotfish plus friendly groupers greeted divers. Another afternoon dive followed lunch onboard. More Caribbean reef sharks, thousands of garden eels plus southern stingrays and moray eels.
The Aggressor then moved to the west of Long Caye. An afternoon dive at Long Caye Ridge dive site. Divers found schools of big-eyed jacks, barracuda and Bermuda Chubb. A night dive at the same site. The night divers met many squid, octopus, spiny lobsters, basket stars, tarpon fish plus shrimp and crabs. Following the night dive, the Aggressor headed to its night mooring within the lagoon of lighthouse reef.
Tuesday Feb 14th
Another night spent at the mooring within the Lighthouse reef lagoon. After breakfast and with North East breezes, the Belize Aggressor meandered northwards through the reef breaks and arrived at The Great Blue Hole dive site. One group dive at this site, where the divers enjoyed viewing the stalactites, which dropped from the edge of the caverns. A Belizean natural monument. The guests enjoyed filming the Blue Hole from height using their drone camera.
After the dive, The Aggressor retraced its path southwards and towards Half Moon Caye. All the guests chose to board a water taxi and have an island tour of Half Moon Caye with its bird sanctuary. Red breasted Boobie birds and frigate birds nesting.
After the guests returned onboard and during lunch, the Aggressor headed back towards the north of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives plus a night dive at Painted Wall dive site. An excellent site for the guests to enjoy snorkeling in the shallow reefs plus a wall dive with schooling Bermuda Chubb, Wrasse and several free-swimming moray eels. The night divers located basket stars, squid, octopus, several nudibranch, lettuce sea slugs, spiny and slipper lobsters, puffer fish and moray eels.
Wednesday Feb 15th
After staying again at the night mooring, the Belize Aggressor headed to Lighthouse wall dive site within the Half Moon Caye marine park. A single early morning dive here and guests found southern stingrays, large Nassau groupers, eagle rays and barracuda. After this dive and while breakfast was served onboard, the Aggressor headed back to the Northwest of Long Caye to Eagle Ray Pass dive site. No wind and great visibility for the divers who found a large loggerhead turtle, 4 Eagle rays, and two hawksbill turtles. A short journey back to Half Moon Caye Marine Park. A late afternoon dive plus a night dive at Chain Wall dive site where the divers were met by numerous Caribbean reef sharks plus several eagle rays. The night divers found squid, octopus plus spiny and slipper lobsters. Divers enjoyed Snapper Sashimi prepared by Chef Anna which was brought from local fisherman and caught just hours before.
Thursday Feb 16th
A night spent at the Lagoon night mooring. The two morning dives were completed at Silver Caves dive site on the North West reefs at Long Caye. The divers found a hawksbill turtle, flamingo tongue cowries, spotted moray eels and several tarpon. After the dives, the Aggressor headed West to Turneffe Island Atoll and its’ surrounding reefs.
Two afternoon dives and a night dive were completed at Front Porch dive site. Divers found several endemic bearded toadfish and a free- swimming white spotted moray eel plus a squad of squid and octopus.
After the night dive and with calm seas, the Aggressor headed to the West of Turneffe atoll. Bottlenose dolphins escorted the Aggressor to its’ mooring. The Belize Aggressor stayed overnight at the next morning planned dive site of Sandy Slope. The evenings’ entertainment was the showing of the weeks’ charter movie filmed by Instructor Daniel.
Friday Feb 17th
Two morning dives at Sandy Slope dive site. Divers found hawksbill turtles, an eagle ray and many moray eels and lobsters.
During lunch, the Aggressor headed westward and back to Belize City. A few guests enjoyed land tours in the afternoon. The evening cheese and wine preceded the photo slideshow presentation compiled by Instructor Daniel. The following award was presented.
Iron Diver- Nikolay Dimitrov Tashev
Saturday 18th February
At 7am and 8am on Saturday, the crew said their farewells to our guests departing the Beautiful Belize Aggressor III.
Довиждане & Благодаря
Captain Matt Rutledge