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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
January 6, 2018 – January 13, 2018
Sea State: Choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85oF
Avg. Water Temp: 80oF
Avg. Visibility: 60ft+
Captain - Jerome
Chef – Anna
Stewardess – Vanessa
Dive Master- Monique
Deck Assistant- Job
Saturday January 6, 2018
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:00 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:00 PM – Food time!
Sunday January 7, 2018
Dive Sites: Amber Head North & Long Caye Wall
Our early morning venture took us to Amber Head North for our check out dive. After a detailed dive deck and dive site briefing we were itching to be in the water. The clarity was superb, very much unseen in a long time. The reef was like an active aquarium with inquisitive divers’ eyes getting caught in the wonders of the sea, ranging from eagle rays, lobsters, white spotted toad fish, green and spotted eels. We explored both the northern and the southern sides of the mooring since this kind of visibility would be hard to top!
After crossing over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll, we stopped on Long Caye wall and from there the day only got better, as we were welcomed with style on our first dive there. We had wonderful encounters with a couple of eagle rays, a baby hawksbill turtle that seemed unbothered by our presence, and the reef shark encounters started with one, then two sharks swimming around us. Number three showed up just as we ended the dive, we wondered if four, five and six were just around the corner.
Our first night dive was quiet and fun as we saw a couple of spotted and spiny lobsters freely walking around, while some divers had the first octopus encounter of the week.
Monday January 8, 201
Dive Sites: Chain Wall, Painted Wall & Nurse Shark Ridge
With northerly winds on the horizon, we decided to steal a dive at the crew’s favourite site. It seemed, though, that it wasn’t the best day for Chain Wall. Still, we managed to get a glimpse of a reef shark as we got to the top of the wall. With currents speeding off the wall we spent the entire dive on the top of the reef and explored the shallows where a pipe fish being thrown around by current made our dive.
Next up was clear water and no current. Painted Wall dive site might as well be the called the dive of a lifetime for some of us. We explored the reef and were amazed by the topography and the tons of Bermuda chubs, sergeant majors all actively moving in mid water. The wall housed some free swimming green moray eel and a couple of spotted eagle rays, as well as one of the friendliest hawksbill turtle. We spent the last third of the dive following the turtle to different places, and before we knew it, we found a huge spotted eagle ray filled with remoras, all within 3 feet of us. The magical moment seemed unending as it decided to swim around us a couple of times just before bolting up to the surface and breaching out of the water three times. To seal off the breath-taking sight, the ray sped past us and disappeared into the shallows. Speechless!
Tuesday January 9, 2017
Dive Site: Lighthouse Wall & Half Moon Caye Wall
Continuing with our great dives, we got some easier and more fun dives exploring the walls and the top reefs at Lighthouse Wall and Half Moon Caye Wall. Our guests were happy to see many species of the tropical colourful fish and to play with groupers and stingrays.
Half Moon Caye Wall was buzzing with pairs of grey angel fish on the sand bed as well as on the reef top. A few little grass shrimps, a stingray, conchs and lobsters, a hawksbill turtle, grass squid and seahorse were among the creatures we were able to admire in our dive.
Wednesday January 10, 2017
Dive Site: Blue Hole & Silver Caves
After being weathered out on Tuesday, we caught a break with a clear light-wind day and took advantage of it, immediately heading for the Blue Hole. Our divers were mixed as some explored the shallows, while others descended towards the stalactites. The clarity at depth made this dive even more special.
We then headed over to Half Moon Caye Bay to be taken on the island for a tour. We were greeted by resident hermit crabs as we explored the visitor’s area. The nice cool breeze made the walk through the littoral forest toward the observatory platform that much nicer,
We ended the day at Silver Caves for the afternoon and night dive. Again, it was beautiful dive where we explored the reef and found a green eel rummaging through the rocks, a couple of lobsters, and some channel clinging crabs. A reef shark made quite a display as it appeared and then went over to the wall and returned to hover over head, looking quite like an airplane from below.
Night dive was mentioned to be the best so far as up to 4 octopus were seen, bunch of lobsters and couple of channel cling carbs.
Thursday January 11, 2017
Dive Site: Quebrada & Hat Caye Wall
As the week got closer to the end, we made our stops at Quebrada and Hat Caye Wall. These dives were special for the amazing sponges and reef structures of the sites that house juvenile fish filled mid water with schooling creole wrasse, and green eels moving about the place, a couple of neck crabs , lobsters, sharp tail eel, stingray, octopus and squids.
After the night dive, we said our good byes to the Lighthouse Atoll and headed over to the west side of Turneffe Atoll
Friday January 12, 2017
Dive Sites: Amber Head South
An early morning dive into great visibility was the perfect start to our Friday morning. We spotted an elusive white spotted toad fish, lettuce sea slugs, a couple nudibranchs, and lobsters. It was a great way to end our week of diving, a nice peaceful quiet dive.
Congrats to our Iron Diver Sam and 4 time repeaters Rob and Bridget!!!
It has been our pleasure to host you and show you the beauty of Belize’s waters aboard our vessel, the Belize Aggressor III. From the captain and crew, thank you!