Dec 9 - 16, 2017
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 78F
Avg. Water Temp: 82F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft +
Avg Wind Speed: 15-20knots
Steward – Randy
Engineer – Fermin
Instructor – Daniel
Divemaster – Monique
Deck Asst/Night Watch – Jadiel
Welcome Aboard – Jamie, Shannon, Kristi, Sara, Lesa, Alex, Nadine, Marnie, Randy, Bettina, Vania, Wayne, Felicia, Julie, Allen, and Laila
Sunday Dec 10, 2017
Dive Sites: Black Beauty & Front Porch
We spent our first day of charter at the Southern end of Turneffe Atoll diving Black Beauty and Front Porch. Before we even got in the water, we were visited by a huge pod of dolphins that swam alongside the Belize Aggressor III as we motored from Belize City to Turneffe Atoll.
Our very excited divers did their buoyancy checks, then wandered off along the beautiful reefs of Southern Turneffe Atoll. We had some pretty cool sightings and an awesome encounter with a hawksbill turtle. There were lots of fish out and about. We saw a free-swimming green moray, some spotted morays, a huge stingray, black groupers, midnight parrotfish, a huge channel clinging crab inside a barrel sponge, schools of jacks, and as we did our safety stop, a huge Eagle ray swam by below the boat.
Monday Dec 11, 2017
Dive sites: Johnny’s Wrench, Dora, & Black Beauty
Today we managed to fit 3 dive sites in…Johnny’s Wrench, Dora, and Black Beauty. On the dives today, we saw a big hawksbill turtle, 2 nurse sharks, Southern stingrays, flounder, jawfish, lionfish, white spotted toadfish, lobsters, morays, snapping shrimp, a big school of bar jacks, cryptic teardrop crab, spotted cleaner shrimp, neck crab, and tons of Pederson cleaning shrimp.
Tuesday Dec 12, 2017
Dive Sites: Elbow & Grand Bogue
Not long after our divers hopped in on the first dive, a pod of a dozen dolphins came around the boat and hung around for about 15 mins. Unfortunately, the divers were all off, but our guests that skipped the dive got to see them frolicking around. Underwater, we got to see several free-swimming green morays, lots of spotted morays, a huge Eagle ray, schools of red snappers and dog snappers, big Nassau and black groupers, lots of Southern stingrays, a nurse shark, and lettuce sea slugs. There were also a couple sightings of the white spotted toadfish. As we cruised the edge of the wall we saw an Eagle ray down below so we dropped down to take a closer look. After it slowly went on passed us, we looked up and saw another Eagle ray just over the edge of the drop-off. Next, a hawksbill turtle showed up and then went about its way. We finished the dive watching a small peacock flounder gliding along the sand.
Wednesday Dec 13, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye Wall, & Long Caye Wall
For the first dive of the day, we visited one of Belize’s Natural Monuments…the Great Blue Hole. It is known for massive stalactite formations that hang down at the depths below.
Today we saw lots of stingrays and lots of groupers on every dive. There were over a dozen Southern stingrays feeding in the sand at Half Moon Caye Wall, and the groupers tagged along the entire time on the dives. We also saw some sharks a nurse shark, and our first reef shark sightings for the week…2 Caribbean reef sharks. In the sand, we found garden eels, razorfish, sailfin blennies, and a big barracuda. There were also schools of goatfish, several French Angelfish, some Sailor’s choice, and hogfish feeding. Above us, some tarpon hovered near the boat waiting for nightfall to start feeding.
Thursday Dec 14, 2017
Dives Sites: Silver Caves
Today we woke up to flat seas and clear beautiful skies. Visibility on the dives seemed endless in the clear blue water. We saw some sharks today…2 Reef sharks showed up at Silver Caves, and 3 showed up at Quebrada. There were several barracuda stalking us, and a big school of horse-eye jacks stayed around the boat. A hawksbill turtle came by and then left. The fish life was in abundance, and with clear skies and clear viz, all the colours of the reef jumped out at you. We swam amongst beautiful soft corals and giant sponges and were surrounded by many different species of reef fish. We saw several flounder in the sand…one of them was about the size of a quarter. We also found a spotted moray and a golden tale moray eel. Creole wrasse streamed down along the wall, and trumpetfish hunted along the reef.
Friday Dec 15, 2017
Dive Site: Amberhead South
We finished off the week on the West side of Turneffe at Amberhead South. The fantastic visibility continued and we could see for over 150ft underwater. We swam amongst large beautiful sponges and hunderds of colourful fish along the reef. A large free-swimming moray was out and about and several groupers chased each other around. There were schools of jacks, snappers, and Creole wrasse passing through as well. A Southern stingray sat in the sand and several lobsters hid in the reef. It was a nice peaceful and easy way to end the week of diving.
Happy Birthday to Randy, thank you for coming to the Belize Aggressor III to celebrate your birthday.
Congrats to our newest Nitrox divers – Felicia, Marnie, Nadine, and Sara.
Congrats to our Milestone Divers, Sara, who hit her 100th dive and Randy who got his 500th dive this trip.
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!