Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
August 5, 2017
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 95oF
Avg. Water Temp: 82oF
Avg. Visibility: 70ft+
Captain - Chris
2nd Captain - Jerome
Chef - Anna
Steward – Vanessa
Dive Instructor- Daniel
Dive Master - Monique
Deck Asst. – Jason
Saturday August 5, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:30PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:15PM – Food time!
Our week started right by welcoming repeat customers father and daughter, Luis and Valeria, as well as Sandra, Natalia, Ryan, Joe, Peter. James, Salvatore, Hayley, Richard, Rebecca, Iris, Alla, Joaine, Steve and Karen.
Sunday August 6, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slopes and Julie’s Jungle
We started our week off at Sandy Slopes, a beautiful nice place rightly described by its name. This site offers a great diversity in both topography as well as wildlife, making it an ideal spot for a fun check out dive. Just for this week, our DM Monique called it “Behaviour Site”, as she had our guest sit and observe what can only be described as a game of hide and seek between yellow tail snappers. Other divers were able to find goby and Peterson shrimp offering their cleaning services. We also spotted pipe fish, conch, stingrays, razor fish, and actively feeding hermit crabs right below in the sandy bottom.
We then headed over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll for the afternoon and night dives. We were warmly welcomed to Julie’s Jungle to start off our time in the beautiful sites of Lighthouse Reef. Our big afternoon sightings were a nurse shark, a hawksbill turtle, a reef shark, Caribbean reef squid, octopus, a hermit crab, a flamingo tongue, a toad fish and feeding spiny tail lobsters.
Monday August 7, 2017
As Tropical Storm Franklin got closer to Belize and nearer to our liveaboard’s location, we had to head back to port to seek shelter. Nonetheless, Mother Nature kept our guests happy as they were treated to see a feeding dolphin that gave us some amazing stunts at the dock.
Tuesday August 8, 2017
Dive Sites: Painted Wall
With a beautiful sunny morning after the storm drifted north, we got the “all clear” to voyage back to continue our adventures out at Lighthouse Reef Atoll. With divers happy to reunite with dried wetsuits, we did our afternoon and night dives at Painted Wall. Some of our divers were delighted and happy to share their stories about their dive with a friendly turtle, while others cruised the wall with a reef shark and turtles. We also had the guys that were happy just staying in close proximity to the boat while enjoying the company of Bermuda chubs, sergeant majors, yellowtail snappers and tarpon.
The night dive was equally exhilarating with sightings of octopus, spotted lobster, spiny lobster, channel clinging crab, and hermit crab amongst others.
Wednesday August 9, 2017
Dive Sites: Cathedral and Silver Caves
Our day started looking very over casted, but thankfully it turned out to be another blissful day in paradise. After both dives, there was NO silence on the dive deck. Our guests were boisterous sharing their experiences with the sightings of a school of seven spotted eagle rays, and sharks circling the divers, while turtles were feeding and escorted them to the crack where a school of tarpons had been feeding on silver sides.
For the afternoon, we headed down to Silver Caves looking for more action and were peacefully welcomed by a sleeping nurse shark, then by a couple of free swimming eels, a small school of smooth trunk fish and couple of neck crabs.
Being a night dive that never disappoints, Silver Caves has all these cracks and crevices that our divers always like to explore. Rightfully, our guests were treated to a sighting of a shoal of squids, a free-swimming spotted eel, octopus, lobsters, crabs and lettuce sea slug.
Thursday August 10, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole and Long Caye Wall
With less windy day and anxious divers, we started the day by heading to the famous Blue Hole and this day would become the day known as “Shark Day”. The pristine and colourful waters of Lighthouse Reef gave the boat ride a marvellous feeling in which the guests found a lot of joy. Once the divers’ exploration of the stalactite was done, we saw a couple of juvenile reef sharks, and French and grey angel fish.
For the rest of day, we went over to Long Caye Wall and the “Shark Day” continued as reef shark curiously circled around our divers several times on all dives. Photographers were in heaven as their cameras lit up capturing those most memorable moments. We were also in for sightings of green moray eels, hawksbill turtle, tons of creole wrasse and sergeant majors actively feeding, angel fish, and lots of tarpons feeding.
To close off a beautiful day, we were treated to the natural beauty of octopus, a mobile channel clinging crab, more tarpons, longhorn nudibranchs, flamingo tongues amongst many more during our night dive.
Friday August 11, 2017
Dive Sites: Julie’s Jungle
As if the fun never stops while diving the beautiful sites of Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the early morning and last dip for our week gave us a view of a small school of horse eyed jacks, nurse shark bustling through divers again, a decorator crab, a slender file fish, and spotted moray eel. A Hawksbill turtle was also out and about getting its early morning bite while we all just enjoyed and let the beauty of the underwater world simmer in our minds one last time before departing one of Belize’s most beautiful reefs and bidding farewell to an exciting week of diving.
We say goodbye to our warm and friendly guests, but as always we extend an invitation to visit again and enjoy another week on board with the Belize Aggressor III crew.
Congrats to Natalia and Sandra on completing their Nitrox Course
Congrats to our Milestone Divers Ryan, Joe, Valeria, and Sandra on each reaching their 100th dive this week
Congrats to our Iron Divers - Luis, Valeria, Salvatore, Rebecca, Rich, Ryan, Joe, and Sandra
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!