Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log- 27th August to September 3rd, 2016
Air Temp: 88 Fahrenheit / 31 Celsius
Water Temp: 85 Fahrenheit / 29 Celsius
2nd Captain: Matt
18 Guests: Juan, Dennis, Dianne M, April, Dianne S, George, Sally, Tracy, Pat, Mark, Kathy, Luann, Ed, Liz, Wesley, Larry, Bob & Diane S
Sunday – Black Beauty & Front Porch
Monday- Grand Bogue & Chain Wall
Tuesday- Lighthouse Wall & Eagle Ray Pass
Wednesday – Painted Wall & Half Moon Cay Wall
Thursday- Blue Hole, Tarpon Caves & Long Cay Wall
Friday- Sandy Slope
Saturday August 27th
Most guests boarded in the afternoon. Happy to see Dennis arriving at 9pm. Refreshments on arrival, passenger safety briefing and dinner served onboard. Staying at the dock overnight.
Sunday August 28th
On the Southern reefs of the Turneffe Islands for the first diving day. The initial equipment check dives were made at the Black Beauty Dive Site. Plenty was seen underwater and all the divers were happy with their own dive equipment. Great weather and calm seas made for great visibility. The afternoon and night dives at Front Porch dive site. Divers found large barracudas, groupers, lobsters, spotted eagle rays, 5 lobsters, spotted moray eels, a Nurse shark and a hawksbill turtle. After the night dive Aggressor III headed North towards the Reefs on the East coast of Turneffe Island. Overnight mooring at Grand Bogue.
Monday August 29th
Divers woke up already at the dive site of Grand Bogue. Two morning dives here. Interesting fishlife closeby to the mangrove tributaries. Toadfish, Eels and Crabs
After the second dive. Divers enjoyed lunch as Aggressor ventured eastward across to Lighthouse reef. Dolphins were seen surfing on Aggressor III boat waves. The afternoon dives were made at Chain wall. Perfect conditions and no wind allowed for 100ft + visibility. Many reef sharks inhabit this site within the protected Marine Park. Divers swam close with sharks often and also with hawksbill turtles and horse -eyed jacks. The sand patches between the reefs littered with Conch. Lobsters were found hiding in giant sponges.
The calm sea conditions allowed for a night dive at the same location. Divers watched squid hunting and found rock lobsters and rays. Basket stars were awake and feeding. After the night dive, the Aggressor III headed to its’ protected night mooring in the lagoon positioned North of half Moon Cay.
Tuesday August 30th
Leaving the night mooring and heading to the south of Half moon cay. A westerly breeze at Tuesday mornings’ dive site of Lighthouse wall. The frigate birds from the nearby Cay dived into the sea nearby as divers descended onto the reef wall.
Great visibility, calm seas and lots of marine life was seen. Caribbean reef sharks swimming along the top of the reef wall. Schools of Horseeyed jacks and turtles.
Congratulations to Kathy on her 50th Dive.
At lunchtime, Aggressor III moved westward and to the north-West tip of Long Cay. Zero winds in the afternoon and dives completed at Eagle Ray Pass. Eagle Rays, sharks and Rays met the divers. A night dive was also completed at the same site.
Leaving the night mooring and headed through the cut of lighthouse reef and to the dive site of Painted Wall. Known for painted tunicates. Shools of creole wrasse, chubb and tarpon.
After the dives Aggressor III retraced its path through lighthouse reef cut and back to the reef wall, south of half moon cay. On the wall, divers found Eagle Rays, Sharks and schools of creole wrasse and jacks. In the sand and grass beds, divers found shrimps, thousands of garden eels, razor fish and a huge Southern Ray. At night the rays were founds again along with basket stars, large crabs, beautiful molluscs and more rays.
Thursday September 1st
With a light breeze from the South and calm seas, Aggressor III travelled northwards meandering through the lagoon of lighthouse reef to the dive site “Blue Hole”. A unique dive site with it’s own fascinating stalagmite structures and natural circular form.
Those diving wishing not to dive into the blue hole, chose a shallow dive on the reefs surrounding.
After the dive, Aggressor III retraced its path southwards and back towards half moon cay. Tarpon caves dive site for diving both before and after lunch. This pinnacles/ wall dive had an array of overhangs and cuts through the reef for the divers to swim through and explore. Sharks met the divers and also schools of creole wrasse. Eagle rays and southern rays beneath the mooring.
Aggressor III headed West to Long Cay Wall. A broken wall dive where divers found sharks and rays. The favorite animal for all the divers, especially the photographers was the Seahorse.
The night dive was completed at the same dive site and octopus and squid were found feeding. The seahorse was also found again by the divers. Aggressor III travelled west across to the Turneffe Islands, while the divers slept.
Friday September 2nd
After a night time travel westward from Long Cay to the Turneffe Islands Atoll. The Aggressor III last dives of the trip were completed at Sandy Slope dive site. An early 06:30 dawn dive where divers founds eels, crabs and turtles.
After the dive and breakfast. Guests viewed the weeks underwater video filmed by Instructor Andre.
Final dive of the trip.
Congratulations to April on completing her 100th dive on the last dive of the trip.
After Friday’s morning dives, Aggressor III headed back to port. The evening Barbecue, wine and cheese preceded the evening’s entertainment a photography slideshow of all the guests. Following that show reel of great underwater photos collated throughout the week was an Award presentation to the following divers
Enriched Air Diver– Tracy
Iron Diver Awards- April, Juan & Dianne
100 Dives - April
…Well that’s the week over and at 8:00AM on Saturday, the crew said their farewells to the guests departing the Beautiful Belize Aggressor III.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!
Captains Chris Taylor & Matt Rutledge