Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log- 14th-21st January 2017
Air Temp: 88 Fahrenheit / 31 Celsius
Water Temp: 83 Fahrenheit / 27 Celsius
2nd Captain: Matt
13 Guests: Matt, Samuel, Paul, Cole, Kristy & Lance, Aaron & Laura,
Dixie & Charley, Donald, Kathy & Wally
Sunday – Sandy Slope & Eagle Ray Pass
Monday- Long Caye Ridge & Painted Wall
Tuesday- Long Caye Wall & Site X
Wednesday – Blue Hole & Silver Caves
Thursday- Chain Wall & Julies Jungle
Friday- Sandy Slope II & Amber Head North
Saturday January 14th
All guests boarded in the afternoon. Refreshments on arrival, passenger safety briefing and dinner served onboard.
Sunday January 15th
Early morning departure and travel to the first dive site. Site located within the western reefs of the Turneffe Atoll. The initial check dives were made at Sandy Slope Dive Site. Plenty was seen underwater including southern sting- rays and moray eels. All the divers were happy with their own diving equipment. In the afternoon, an eastward travel was made across to Long Island within the lighthouse reef atoll zone. Two afternoon plus a night dive completed at Eagle Ray Pass dive site. Tarpons, Neck crab, Barracudas plus large groupers. After the night dive, the Belize Aggressor headed to its night mooring within the lagoon of lighthouse atoll.
Monday January 16th
In the morning after breakfast, the Belize Aggressor moved to the reefs west of Long Island. Two dives at Long Caye Ridge dive site. Moray Eels, schooling creole wrasse, scissortail sergeant major fish plus Bermuda chubb were amongst the aquatic life seen at Long Cay Ridge and the Painted Wall dive sites. In the afternoon, a short journey north along the same reef system as painted wall dive site. A wall dive site on the North West tip of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives plus a night dive. An Eagle ray, decorator crabs and many barracudas. After the night dive, the Aggressor headed to its night mooring in the lagoon of lighthouse atoll
Tuesday January 17th
Conditions were ideal for a two morning dives at Long Caye Wall dive site, on the West of Long Caye. Nurse shark, hawksbill turtles and many schooling fish such as horse eyed jacks.
After lunch, a journey was made south to Site- X dive site. An interesting topography wall dive site. Divers found scorpion fish, lettuce sea slugs, nudibranch, many spiny lobsters and southern stingrays. The night dive was also completed at this site and divers found ctenophores, hundreds of basket and brittle stars plus tarpon, spiny lobster, Spanish lobster, urchins and shrimp.
After the night dive, The Aggressor headed to its night mooring.
Wednesday January 18th
From the night mooring, the Belize Aggressor traveled northwards, meandering through the lagoon of lighthouse reef to dive “The Great Blue Hole”. A unique dive site with it’s own fascinating stalagmite structures and natural circular form. A true Belize natural monument.
A single deep group dive was completed. After the dive, Belize Aggressor III retraced its path meandering southwards. After lunch, Aggressor III moved through the cut of lighthouse reef and onto the reef walls of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives and a night dive at Silver Caves dive site. Hundreds of schooling jacks, tangs and chubb fish an Eagle ray plus a nurse shark interacted with the divers. Divers enjoyed the caverns and overhanging topography of this wall dive site. Most divers enjoyed locating a seahorse on the reef wall, which was also a firm favorite with the macro photographers. After the night dive, the Aggressor headed to the lagoon night mooring.
Thursday January 19th
After breakfast, the Aggressor used calmer sea conditions to take divers to Chain Wall dive site situated on the south of Half Moon Caye marine reserve. Divers were happy to interact with numerous Caribbean reef sharks, southern sting -rays and a multitude of blue tang reef fish at the crest top of this wall dive site. After two dives, the Aggressor headed back through the reef wall cut in lighthouse reef and westward to Long Caye. Two afternoon dives at Julies jungle dive site. Divers interacted with a cruising nurse shark plus many barracudas. A night dive was also completed at this dive site. Divers found many lobsters, moray eels, porcupine fish, nudibranch, lettuce sea slugs, tarpon and flamingo tongue cowries. After the night dive and dinner onboard. Guests enjoyed the presentation of the charters’ weekly movie. It was filmed and compiled throughout the week by Instructor Jerome. A late evening departure from the dive site back westward to Turneffe atoll. The Aggressor stayed at Sandy slope dive site overnight, situated on the West of Turneffe atoll.
Friday January 20th
A single morning dive was completed at Sandy Slope dive site. Endemic toadfish was heard plus divers found many rays and moray eels. A second morning dive and the final dive of the week was completed as a drift dive at Amber Head North dive site. Divers drifted along this gradual sloping wall across this submerged reef. Divers enjoyed finding huge barrel sponges, spiny lobsters and a pair of large spotted eagle rays.
After all divers were back on board, the Belize Aggressor III travelled back westward to Belize City port. An arrival back at shore for midday. Guests relaxed in the afternoon and wine and cheese preceded the evening’s entertainment of 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 who completed dive courses onboard throughout the week.
Enriched Air Diver– Laura
Advanced Open Water Diver- Laura
Deep Diver Specialty- Kathy & Wally
Night Diver Specialty- Kathy & Wally
Plus for completing all available dives, Iron Diver Awards were presented to Matt, Donald, Aaron, Kathy & Wally.
…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