Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log- 1st- 8th April 2017
Air Temp: 88 Fahrenheit / 31 Celsius
Water Temp: 83 Fahrenheit / 27 Celsius
18 Guests: Romy, Jen, Jim, Hoa, Steve, Peter, Pasquale & Sylvie, Julianne & Evan, Jean & Ed, Ian & Amber, Guy, George, Philippe & Christelle
Sunday – Sandy Slope & Julies Jungle
Monday- Cathedral & Eagle Ray Pass
Tuesday- Blue Hole & HMC Island Excursion & Half Moon Caye Wall
Wednesday – Silver Caves & Long Caye Wall
Thursday- Long Caye Ridge & Painted Wall
Friday- Black Beauty
Saturday April 1st
All guests boarded in the afternoon. Refreshments on arrival, passenger safety briefing and dinner served onboard.
Sunday April 2nd
An early morning departure and travel to the first dive site located within the western reefs of the Turneffe Atoll system. The initial check dives were made at Sandy Slope Dive Site. Plenty was seen underwater including many Burr fish, southern stingrays, moray eels, hawksbill turtles and a large nurse shark. All the divers were happy with their own diving equipment. In the afternoon, an eastward travel was made across to Long Island within the lighthouse reef atoll zone. An afternoon dive plus a night dive completed at Julies Jungle dive site. Tarpons, Barracudas plus large groupers, Caribbean reef shark. At night divers found squadrons of squid, comb jellies, large crabs as well as numerous basket stars and octopus. After the night dive, the Belize Aggressor headed to its night mooring within the lagoon of lighthouse atoll.
Monday April 3rd
In the morning after breakfast, the Belize Aggressor moved back to the reefs west of Long Island. Two dives completed at the Cathedral dive site.
Moray Eels, schooling creole wrasse, Bermuda Chubb fish, barracudas, and flamingo tongue cowries were amongst the aquatic life seen. In the afternoon, a short journey north along the same reef system to Eagle Ray Pass. A wall dive site on the North West tip of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives plus a night dive. Eagle rays, decorator crabs and many barracudas. After the night dive, the Aggressor headed to its night mooring in the lagoon of lighthouse atoll.
Tuesday April 4th
Conditions were ideal for a transit northwards, meandering through the lagoon and inner reefs of lighthouse atoll to dive “The Great Blue Hole”. A unique dive site with it’s own fascinating stalagmite structures and natural circular form. A true Belizean natural monument.
A single deep group dive was completed. After the dive, Belize Aggressor III retraced its path meandering southwards.
Guests before lunch enjoyed an island excursion to Half Moon Caye Island. At this protected reserve, the guests viewed the red footed boobie birds and magnificent frigates that nest the entire year on the island. Guests also enjoyed the idyllic palm tree beach.
Guests returned back onboard and after lunch, the Aggressor III moved through the cut of lighthouse reef and onto the reef wall south of Half Moon Caye Wall. Two afternoon dives and a night dive at Half Moon Caye Wall dive site. Horse eyed jacks, tangs, thousands of garden eels and conch. Eagle rays, southern stingrays and a pair of large remora fish interacted with the divers. Divers enjoyed the topography of this wall dive site. Night divers found the elusive toadfish plus encountered a large loggerhead turtle crunching conch shells as well as tarpon, basket stars, spiny lobsters, squid, octopus and sting- rays. After the night dive, the Aggressor headed to the lagoon night mooring.
Wednesday April 5th
After breakfast, Aggressor III moved through the cut of lighthouse reef and onto the reef walls situated West of Long Caye. Two morning dives at Silver Caves dive site. Many schooling jacks, tangs and Chubb fish plus many barracudas, hawksbill turtle and a Caribbean reef shark
After lunch, Belize Aggressor moved south to Long Caye Wall. Divers enjoyed two afternoon dives and a night dive at this wall dive site. Divers found Eagle rays and a very large loggerhead turtle. The night divers found hundreds of basket stars plus octopus and squid. After the night dive, the Aggressor headed to the lagoon night mooring.
Thursday April 6th
After breakfast, the Aggressor headed to the West of Long Caye and two morning dives at Long Caye Ridge dive site. Divers were happy to interact with numerous Eagle Rays plus a multitude of blue tang reef fish, plus several scorpion fish on the crest top of this wall dive site. Many barracudas and a few hawksbill turtles were also spotted.
Congratulations to Peter, Amber & Ian on completing their final dive of their Advanced Open Water diver course.
After two dives at Long Caye Ridge, the Aggressor headed to the Northern tip of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives at Painted wall dive Site. Divers found two eagle rays again and another large loggerhead turtle. There were many free-swimming moray eel’s plus large schools of scissortail sergeant major fish, Chubb and snapper.
After dinner the guests enjoyed the presentation of the weekly movie. It was filmed and compiled throughout the week by Instructor Daniel.
After the movie presentation, a night dive was also completed at the same dive site. Divers found both spiny and slipper lobsters, moray eels, porcupine fish, octopus, lettuce sea slugs, tarpon and flamingo tongue cowries. After the night dive and dinner onboard. The Aggressor stayed at its night mooring overnight.
Friday January 20th
An early morning departure from the dive site back westward to Turneffe atoll. Two morning dives, with guest breakfast served between dives. Dives were completed at Black Beauty dive site at the southern tip of Turneffe Island. Endemic toadfish were found plus many rays and spotted moray eels. Trains of Creole wrasse were encountered plus photographers found a spotted drum, a hawksbill turtle and a dolphin underwater.
After all divers were back on board, the Belize Aggressor III travelled back westward to Belize City port. An arrival back at shore for midday. Guests relaxed in the afternoon. Snacks and refreshments preceded the evening’s entertainment of a photography slideshow presentation of all the guests. Following that show reel of great underwater photos collated throughout the week was an Award presentation to the following divers who completed dive courses onboard throughout the week.
Enriched Air Divers– Christelle & Philippe
Advanced Open Water Divers- Peter, Amber & Ian
Plus for completing all available dives, Iron Diver Awards were presented to Ed, Jean, Philippe, and Ian.
The crew said their farewells at 8am on Saturday to all the guests departing the Belize Aggressor III.
Captain Matt Rutledge