Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log- 18th- 25th February 2017
Water Temp: 79 Fahrenheit / 26 Celsius
18 Guests: Neil, Alexander, Damon, Lou & Susan, Chris, Alex, Martin, Michael, Hayley, Christina, Daniel, Ben, Jarrod & Kathryn, Keith, Matt
Sunday – Sandy Slope & Julies Jungle
Monday- Long Caye Ridge & Site “X”
Tuesday- Long Caye Wall & Painted Wall
Wednesday – Two of a kind, Half Moon Caye Wall & Eagle Ray Pass
Thursday- Blue Hole & Lighthouse Wall
Friday- Black Beauty
Saturday February 18th
All guests boarded in the afternoon. Refreshments on arrival, passenger safety briefing and dinner served onboard. Late evening departure and Eastward travel to the reefs on the western side of Turneffe Atoll
Sunday February 19th
Guests awoke with the Aggressor already at the dive site. The initial check dives were made at Sandy Slope Dive Site. Plenty was seen underwater including southern sting- rays, a large whiptail ray, and both white spotted and gold spotted 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. An afternoon dive plus a night dive completed at Julies Jungle dive site. Tarpons, sharp tail eels, horse eyed jacks, schooling Chubb, flamingo tongue cowries and numerous basket stars, lobsters and crabs. The Belize Aggressor stayed at the dive site overnight.
Monday February 20th
With South – Easterly winds, two morning dives were completed at Long Caye Ridge dive site. Divers found many moray eels, eagle rays plus schooling big-eyed jacks. During lunch, the Aggressor moved south to Site X, on the Western side of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives at this site. Divers found numerous scorpion fish, camouflaged neck crabs and a large nurse shark resting underneath the mooring. The night dive was complete at the same site and the divers found basket stars, squid, octopus, and dozens of lettuce sea slugs. Congratulations to Chris on completing his 400th dive. Congratulations to Keith & Matthew who both completed their 100th dives. After the night dive, the Aggressor headed to its night mooring within the lagoon of lighthouse reef.
Tuesday February 21st
Two morning dives were completed at Long Caye Wall on the west of Long Caye. Divers saw numerous eagle rays plus barracudas, schooling horse eyed jacks plus white spotted moray eels.
While lunch was served onboard and with reduced wind, the Aggressor headed to the North- west of Long Caye for two afternoon dives at Painted Wall dive site. This shallow reef crest plus steep walls was excellent for snorkeling also. Dives found hundreds of scissortail sergeant major fish, teams of creole wrasse, numerous free-swimming moray eels. Schooling Chubb fish, snapper and jacks. The night dive was also completed at the same site and divers found several basket stars, large crabs, spiny lobsters and tarpon fish.
After the night dive, the Aggressor again headed to its night mooring within the lagoon of lighthouse reef.
Wednesday February 22nd
With Westerly winds, the Belize Aggressor headed from lighthouse reef lagoon to leeward of Long Caye. Two morning dives at ‘Two of a kind’ dive site. Increased underwater visibility for this dive. The divers found hawksbill turtles, lettuce sea slugs, southern stingrays and many barracuda. After the dives, the Aggressor headed to the reefs south of Half Moon Caye. One dive was completed at Half Moon Caye Wall. Divers found numerous southern stingrays plus Nassau groupers, barracuda, creole wrasse and horse-eyed jacks. After this dive and a short journey from Half Moon Caye to the North of Long Caye for another dive plus a night dive at Eagle Ray Pass dive site. Divers were happy to find a huge loggerhead turtle plus squid, octopus, nudibranch and a nurse shark. The night was spent at a mooring within lighthouse reef lagoon.
Thursday February 23rd
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 Belizean national monument.
A single deep group dive was completed. After the dive, Belize Aggressor III retraced its path meandering southwards. Aggressor III moved through the cut of lighthouse reef and onto the reef walls of Half Moon Caye. Staying at Half Moon Caye Wall mooring for lunch and for guests to enjoy snorkeling in the shallow waters of this protected land and sea park. Two afternoon dives were completed at Lighthouse Wall dive site situated on the south of Half Moon Caye. Calm sea conditions for divers who found numerous southern sting rays, Caribbean reef sharks, eagle rays, octopus, free swimming moray eels, many trigger fish species and friendly Nassau groupers. The night dive was completed at the same site and divers found many basket stars on the reef crest, feeding southern stingrays, tarpon fish, slipper and spiny lobsters, octopus, squid and burr fish.
After the night dive and after dinner served onboard, the guests enjoyed the presentation of the charters’ weekly movie. It was filmed and compiled throughout the week by Instructor Daniel. A late evening departure from this dive site, westward to Turneffe atoll. The Aggressor stayed at Black Beauty dive site overnight, situated on the Southern tip of Turneffe atoll.
Friday February 24th
Two morning dives were completed at Black Beauty dive site. Several endemic bearded toadfish were found plus divers also found many southern stingrays and moray eels. Divers also found huge barrel sponges, spiny lobsters and nudibranch.
After all divers were back on board, the Belize Aggressor III travelled back westward to Belize City port. Anchoring close to shore near Belize City. Aggressor arrived back into port before sunset. Guests relaxed in the afternoon. Wine and cheese preceded the evening’s entertainment of a photography slideshow of all the guests collated throughout the week by Instructor Daniel. An award presentation was given to the following divers who completed dive courses onboard throughout the week.
Enriched Air Divers– Ben, Kathryn & Jarrod
Advanced Open Water Diver- Ben
Milestone Awards for Martin, Matt & Keith on exceeding 100 dives.
Milestone award for Chris on completing his 400th dive onboard.
Plus for completing all available dives in the week, Iron Diver Awards were presented to
Keith, Matt, Christina, Damon, Lou
…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.
Captain Matt Rutledge