Sea State: choppy
Air Temp: 87F
Water Temp: 82F
Stewardess - Vanessa
Instructors - Daniel, Jerome
Engineer - Ken
Deck Asst. - Jadiel
Saturday Apr 29, 2017
5:30PM - Safety briefing & Introductions
6:00PM - Dinner is served!
This week we welcomed back our friends from Skin n Scuba for a fun filled
week of diving! It is always a fantastic time with this group of divers who
have become close friends to us here on the BAIII.
We had several of our regulars including Marty, Jeff, Jim, Carla, Andi,
Jason, Michelle, Tammy, Sheila, Lisa, Dave, and Sam. Also joining us were
Steve, Mariana, Michael, Bill, Dave, and Kelley.
Sunday Apr 30, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Long Caye Wall
Though the conditions were not at their best, we had great dives at Sandy
Slope for the first dives of the day. A pod of a dozen dolphins swam up to
several of our divers to check them out. It is always an awesome experience
to dive with dolphins in the wild. In addition to dolphins, we also saw
several greern & spotted morays and sargassum triggerfish. We also saw 2
turtles and schools of mahogany snappers, creole wrasse, schoolmasters, and
jacks at Sandy Slope. At lunch, we motored over to Lighthouse Reef and went
diving at Long Caye wall for the remainder of the day, where we saw more
turtles, jacks, spotted morays, octopus, slipper lobsters, and tarpon.
Monday May 1, 2017
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Cathedral
Monday the sharks came out! We saw Caribbean reef sharks on every dive. In
addition to sharks, we also saw several Southern stingrays, a huge green
moray out swimming, flounders, midnight parrotfish, hundreds of garden eels,
and razor fish, massive groupers and barracudas, and lots of reef fish
swimming around on the top of the wall. At the end of the dive, an Eagle ray
glided by the drop off.
Tuesday May 2, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Ridge
Our first dive today was at the Great Blue Hole, Belizes most famous dive
site. We dropped down as a group to where the massive stalactite formations
hang down. These stalactites took tens of thousands of years to form when
the blue hole was not a hole that descended to the depths below, but was a
massive cave. After the blue hole, we went over to Half Moon Caye for an
island excursion. We observed the nesting grounds for a colony of over 4000
red-footed booby birds and the magnificent Frigate bird. For the afternoon
dives, we went to Long Caye Ridge, were we hung out with tarpon and a school
of horse eye jacks. We also saw dozens of barracuda, lined toadfish, neck
crabs, and green morays.
Wednesday May 3, 2017
Dive Sites: Silver Caves & Julies Jungle
Almost immediately after entering the water, we saw 3 eagle rays.first one
came by, then a pair followed behind. We also saw several turtles, both
loggerhead and hawksbill turtles. On the reef, there was a free-swimming
moray out looking for a meal. We also found some macro stuff, including
skeleton shrimp, nudibranch, neck crabs, wire coral crabs, dozens of
flamingo tongues, and an array of blennies and gobies.
Thursday May 4, 2017
Dive Sites: Long Caye Wall & Painted Wall
Today we had some fantastic dives at Long Caye Wall and Painted Wall. We
were approached by a hawksbill turtle, got up close and personal with an
Eagle ray, followed a green moray as he hunted along the reef, and swam
amongst schools of Sergeant Majors, horse-eye jacks, bar jacks, and Creole
wrasse. Right before we came up, we found an octopus hanging out next to a
rock in the sand.
Friday May 5, 2017
Dive Sites: Nurse Shark Ridge & Black Beauty
On the last day, we jumped in at Nurse Shark Ridge before motoring over to
Turneffe Atoll to finish the week at Black Beauty. On the dives today, we
saw free-swimming green morays, stingrays, schools of midnight parrotfish,
tarpon, Eagle rays, and a white spotted toadfish. Back at the dock we saw
some dolphins playing in the bay.
Congrats to our Milestone Divers.Bill 100th dive, Sheila 200th dive, and
Lisa 700th dive
Congrats to our Iron Divers.Sheila, Mariana, and Dave!
Happy Birthday to Dave K! Thank you for celebrating with us on the Belize
Thanks to Skin N Scuba for a great week of diving, see you next year!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!