Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
October 11 – October 21, 2017
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 90oF
Avg. Water Temp: 81oF
Avg. Visibility: 70ft+
Captain - Jerome
Chef – Yanis
Engineer - Fermin
Stewardess – Randy
Dive Master- Monique
Dive Master- Tray
Saturday September 30, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:00 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:00 PM – Food time!
Thursday October 12, 2017
Dive Sites: Black Beauty & Front Porch
The Belize Aggressor III started its voyage early Thursday morning heading to the east side of Turneffe Atoll. the guests and crew prepared to dip into the beautiful sites of Black Beauty and French Porch for the day. The guests were happy to find a couple loggerhead turtles that were quite photogenic for the cameras. Meanwhile, barracudas smiled scarily, while some divers were thrilled to explore creatures with their macro lenses. The models of that day were several sea slugs, Pederson and banded coral shrimps amongst others. The elusive toad fish were the memorable creature of that day. Several of these were around to excite divers for the rest of our time at sea.
Friday October 13, 2017
Dive Sites: Grand Bogue & Cathedral
To start off the day, we explored little more of Turneffe and then “sailed” away to Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Sharp tail eel rocked the day as they were spotted on both dives, still and lurking, and also swimming freely. A few curious green moray eels were spotted through the course of the dives. A few lucky divers broke the ice at last when they saw the first reef shark of the week while others just gazed at the little creatures of the reef, such as decorator crab, slugs, goby and even Skeleton Shrimp. The night divers were also enthused to find octopuses, squids, lobsters and tarpons. All in all, a nice second day of dives and grand welcome to Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
Saturday October 14, 2017
Dive Site: Shark Point & Eagle Ray Pass
Almost as if the reef knew the divers of the Belize Aggressor III were looking for excitement, the rightfully called Shark Point delivered on what it is known for. As guest and crew dove in the water, the first shark appeared for its photo and video shoot of the day. It was right on point and nearly posing for the cameras. Awesome! Queen conch, lobsters, and friendly Nassau Groupers added to the great day of diving thus far.
In the afternoon and night, the guests and crew explored Eagle Ray Pass. Sadly, it didn’t honour its name and no eagle rays were spotted. Nonetheless, a couple green turtles, reef shark, green moray eel, and spotted moray eel were amongst the bigger fauna to sight for the day, while the night dive totally rocked as tarpons kept a close eye on the divers while a couple of octopuses and squids making their nightly rounds.
Sunday October 15, 2017
Dive Site: Blue Hole & Long Caye Wall
This was a different kind of day as the vessel zigzagged through the shallow waters leading to the Great Blue Hole of Belize. The divers were ready for some deep diving exploration in this historic sunken cave. Some of the guests that decided to stay shallow were thrill to find a hammerhead shark, while those that went deep were met by a couple of reef sharks. After diving into the deep blue water, the Belize Aggressor III made its way back through the coral heads toward the beautiful and world-renowned Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. The guests were happily surprised by the natural beauty of this little island, and enjoyed taking the short walk to the littoral forest of Zericote trees that house the protected red-footed boobie birds and as well as the magnificent Frigate birds, iguanas, hermit crabs and other creatures.
For the afternoon dive, Long Caye Wall seemed like a great choice. The divers were happy to explore the cracks and crevices where they found eels, lobsters, crabs, squids and octopuses amongst others of course.
Monday October 16, 2017
Dive Site: 2 Of a Kind & Half Moon Caye Wall
Northerly winds forced the boat to move to the east side of Long Caye, to inspect a beautiful area of dense coral formations. Everyone descended nicely over the coral bottoms and juvenile fish rushed to curiously greet and meet the divers. Even the spawning parrot fish joined the welcoming committee. A turtle swam gracefully over the top of the Reef, while other reef critters were spotted within the coral forest. Some of these were a squat anemone shrimp, Pederson shrimp, Spanish lobster and Grass squid were seen.
Tuesday October 17, 2017
Dive Site: Light House Wall & Silver Caves
The day called for some relaxed and leisure diving, hence staff and guests made their way to Lighthouse Wall to explore the shallow reef. It added to the regular day to day expectations that divers already have for the other sites. There were several grass shrimps, pipe horses and a green turtle feeding that hurriedly moved to seek shelter beneath the divers when a reed shark appeared.
The afternoon brought plenty sea life that included free-swimming green eel, lobsters, clown crab, octopus and squids!
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Dive Sites: Inspiration, Chain Wall & Painted Wall
More Northerly winds kept the boat stalled on the east side of Long Caye. We went a little deeper than most days of diving, and found that the abundance in biodiversity is mostly unchanged from the shallower dives. we had great visibility, and lots of excitement as we found several reef sharks and turtles.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Dive Sites: Julie’s Jungle & Johnny’s Wrench
It was set to be a day for discovery and for that, we all headed little farther south on the atoll than we had ever dived. The new site didn’t disappoint, as the water was so clear that we could see the massive living rocks from the surface. The coral structures were so large that we felt so small swimming next to them. We saw spotted eagle rays, turtles, slender file fish, sailfin blennies, octopuses, toad fish, puffer and squids. Altogether, it was a great day of diving in the awesome and unexplored sites.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Dive Sites: Amber Head North
To finish off our ten-day charter, we moved west to Turneffe Atoll, to a beautiful section of the reef filled with varied sponges of different sizes. It was a great scenic dive perfect for photoshoots. We found some toad fish, lobsters, barracudas amongst others. It was a great dive site to close off our time together and for our guests to bid farewell to the beautiful reefs of Belize.
Congratulations to our Iron Divers Jason, Bob, Brian, Deb, Kevin, Pablo, Craig, Rosa Greg and everyone that made this time a most memorable one. The captain and crew of the Belize Aggressor III take great pleasure in serving and diving with all our guests, and extend a warm and friendly invitation for you to come back and do it again bigger and better in the amazing atolls of Belize.