Log Date: Saturday, Sep 19, 2015
Entry By: Captain Jay Roberts
Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log September 19 to 26, 2015
Air Temp: 85 fahrenheit / 29 celsius
Water Temp: 85 fahrenheit / 29 celsius
Photos: © Jay Roberts
Robert, James, Michelle, Robert, Trudy, Lisa, James, Jennifer, Timothy, Mary Anna, Richard, Douglas, Lesley, Geriann, Barrett, Linda, Benjamin & Kate
Sunday - Black Beauty & Front Porch
Monday - Chain Wall & Julie’s Jungle
Tuesday - Half Moon Caye Wall & Painted Wall
Wednesday - Blue Hole, Island, & Long Caye Wall
Thursday - Silver Caves & Grand Bogue
Friday - Sandy Slope
Saturday September 19th
18 Tri-State Scuba Divers from the USA joined us for a fun filled week of diving aboard the beautiful Belize Aggressor III. Guests began the boarding process around 3:00PM. Scuba equipment setup and each guest shown to their cabins. We had our welcome aboard briefing and champagne toast at 4:30PM.
Sunday September 20th
We started our week of diving at the Southern point of Turneffe Islands Atoll. The weather was pleasant, light winds and calm seas. A checkout dive was made to ensure all divers were weighted properly and equipment just right. Marine life encounters included the endemic white spotted toad fish, a few graceful eagle-rays, spotted moray eels, green moray eels, several cleaning stations with large and small groupers enjoying the cleaning service. After the night dive we motored to Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
Monday September 21st
A variable wind day allowed us to begin on the East side of the Atoll. After several Caribbean reef shark encounters, friendly Nassau groupers, lots of southern stingrays and magnificent soft coral walls; we motored to the West side of the Atoll for the afternoon and night dives.
Tuesday September 22nd
The day began at Half Moon Caye Wall with a couple spotted eagle rays buzzing the divers bubbles, a caribbean reef shark following along the wall, and great swim thrus to pass the time during the dives. The divers gave into the afternoon sunshine and lounged around the sun deck until the dive bell at 2:00PM. Channel clinging crabs, porcupine puffer fish, neck crabs, midnight parrot fish, scrawled file fish, and free swimming green moray eel were all seen during the afternoon dives.
Wednesday September 23rd
The Great Blue Hole was the first dive of the day. A thorough briefing, then down to the stalactites and back safely on board. After the deep dive the guests went on a shore excursion to the island of Half Moon Caye. 4000 red footed boobie and magnificent frigate birds could be seen from the observation tower. Cheeseburgers in paradise were served up for lunch, then back in the water for more diving. Beautiful wall dives with turtles, horse eye jacks, tarpon, octopus, and squid to name just a few of the encounters by the divers.
Thursday September 24th
The weather was calm with sunny skies. Silver Caves was our morning site, with plenty to see. A gorgeous orange seahorse about 6 inches tall, juvenile slender file fish, groupers, and barracudas near the wall. For the afternoon we motored to the East side of Turneffe Islands Atoll. Splashed in and found an octopus, a couple fun sail-fin bennies, spotted moray, juvenile smooth trunk fish, and a big lettuce sea slug. The night dive was a lot of fun as well, while on this dive we spotted Burrfish, lobster, crabs, octopus, and squid.
Friday September 25th
We finished off the week at Sandy Slope, then motored back to Belize City. A few guests went on a tour - cave tubing. Others stayed on the yacht and enjoyed a cold drink, some just relaxed. Our cocktail party began around 6:00PM.
Congratulations to the following divers:
Iron Divers - Lesley & Douglas
PADI EAN40 - Jennifer & James
Saturday September 26th
8:00AM the crew said their good byes as the guests departed the vessel.
Well, that’s the week folks. On behalf of the crew - keep smiling and keep diving. And remember with Aggressor you always EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!
Captain Jay Roberts