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Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log- 22nd-29th April 2017
Air Temp: 88 Fahrenheit / 31 Celsius
Water Temp: 85 Fahrenheit / 29 Celsius
Dive Master: Monique
17 Guests: Michele, Paolo, Emanuel & Ana, Tom & Dipali, Jose, Miguel, Jose, Irene & Geoff, Joel, Alex, Mel & Jonathan, Dale & Sylvia.
Sunday – Julies Jungle & Long Caye Ridge
Monday- Half Moon Caye Wall & Lighthouse Wall
Tuesday- Blue Hole & Cathedral
Wednesday – Chain Wall & Painted Wall
Thursday- Silver Caves, Long Caye Wall & Black Beauty
Friday- Sandy Slope
Saturday April 22nd
All guests boarded in the afternoon. Refreshments provided for our guests upon their arrival. A passenger safety briefing and dinner served onboard. A celebration with a birthday cake for Sylvia at the evening’s dinner while the Aggressor is still in port. Late evening departure and travel at night to the first dive site. Eastward travel to the Lighthouse reef system.
Sunday April 23rd
Divers awoke with the Belize Aggressor already at the first dive site. The initial check dives were completed at Julies Jungle Dive Site. Extremely calm seas allowed for plenty to be seen underwater including eagle rays and free-swimming moray eels. All the divers were happy with their own dive equipment. In the afternoon, the Belize Aggressor made a short travel north to Long Caye Ridge dive site, also situated on the west of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives were completed at this site. Divers interacted with hawksbill turtles and hundreds of big-eyed jacks plus divers also found camouflaged neck crabs, barracudas and tarpon. A night dive was completed at the same site and divers found many basket stars, sharp tailed eels, spiny and slipper lobsters plus tarpon feeding. After the night dive, the Aggressor moved north and stayed overnight at its night mooring within the lagoon of lighthouse reef.
Monday April 24th
After breakfast was served, the Aggressor moved to reefs south of Half Moon Caye. Two morning dives at Half Moon Caye Wall dive site. Numerous inquisitive reef sharks and large Nassau groupers approached divers. Divers also found ocean triggerfish, barracudas, southern stingrays, plus hundreds of garden eels and conch. After lunch, the Aggressor moved to the nearby Lighthouse Wall dive site. With calm seas, divers found friendly groupers, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles plus southern stingrays, schooling big eyed jacks, barracudas, moray and garden eels.
A night dive was completed at the same site and divers found extremely camouflaged decorator neck crabs, nudibranchs, basket stars, southern stingrays and a nurse shark. After the night dive, the Aggressor headed to its night mooring within Lighthouse reef lagoon.
Tuesday April 25th
After guests were back onboard, the Aggressor traveled northwards, meandering through the lagoon and reefs of lighthouse atoll to dive in the “The Great Blue Hole” dive site. A unique dive site with it’s own fascinating stalagmite structures and natural circular form. A single group dive was completed at this site.
Congratulations to Emanuel & Ana on both on completing 300 dives onboard the Belize Aggressor III.
After the dive, Aggressor III retraced its path southwards with lunch served onboard whilst travelling south. After lunch, Aggressor III moved through the cut of lighthouse reef and onto the reef walls of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives were completed at Cathedral dive site. Divers found many flamingo tongue cowries, camouflaged neck crabs, spiny lobsters, moray eels and many schooling horse eyed jacks. A night dive was completed at the same site and divers found nudibranch, decorator crabs, neck crabs and lobsters, basket stars and tarpon.
Happy Birthday to Paolo who celebrated his birthday. Birthday cake for everyone at the evening’s dinner.
Wednesday April 26th
After breakfast, the Aggressor headed from its night mooring within the lagoon to reefs south west of Half Moon Caye. With extended visibility underwater, two morning dives were completed at Chain wall dive site. Divers interacted with several Caribbean reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, and southern stingrays. Divers also found hundreds of garden eels and conch. On the top of the reef wall was found schooling snapper, numerous groupers and coral trout plus many blue tangs and moray eels. After the dives, the Aggressor headed back through the reef cut to the North West of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives at Painted Wall dive site. Divers immediately were met by hundreds of sergeant major damselfish, schooling Bermuda chubb and jacks. Two reef sharks swam through the diver group. A night dive was completed at the same site and divers found sharp tail eels, southern stingrays, numerous basket stars, a loggerhead turtle and ctenophore comb jellies. The Aggressor headed to its night mooring after the dive.
Thursday April 27th
During breakfast, the Aggressor headed to the North West of Long Caye. Very low wind and no waves for a dive at Silver Caves. The divers enjoyed the interesting reef topography of arches and overhangs filled with silverside fish. Divers found a large eagle ray plus a plethora of reef fish on the reef rest including snapper, tangs, chubb and jacks. After a single dive, the Aggressor headed south along the same reef to complete a dive at nearby Long Caye Wall dive site. Flat sea conditions for a single dive here. Divers were met by large spotted eagle rays plus many eels as well as schooling snapper, chubb and horse eyed jacks.
After this morning dive, the Aggressor headed west and towards the Turneffe Atoll. Lunch was served whilst underway and upon the Aggressors’ arrival, there were two afternoon dives completed at Black Beauty dive site, situated at the southern tip of Turneffe within the Caye Bokel conservation Area. Divers found southern stingrays, a pair of Eagle Rays, flounders, hawksbill turtles and moray eels. Divers also discovered a few bearded toadfish that are endemic to the atoll.
As the sun dipped under the horizon, an early night dive was completed. Divers heard the croaking and found more bearded toadfish plus numerous basket stars, brittle stars, squadrons of squid and reef octopus.
After the night dive, the Aggressor headed to the western side of Turneffe Island. The evening dinner was served whilst under way.
The evening entertainment was the presentation of the weekly movie, filmed and edited by Dive Master Monique, This featured all the divers underwater, throughout the week.
The Aggressor stayed overnight at the next days dive site.
Friday August 26th
Divers awoke with the Aggressor already at its dive site. An early dawn dive plus another morning dive were completed at Sandy Slope dive site. Divers found hundreds of garden eels, southern stingrays, hawksbill turtles and a pair of eagle rays.
After the two morning dives, the Aggressor headed back to Belize City port for midday arrival.
In the evening, wine and cheese preceded the evening’s entertainment of a photography slideshow of all the guests complied by Dive Master Monique with contribution from guests. Following that show reel of great underwater photos collated throughout the week was an Award presentation to the following divers
Enriched Air Divers– Dale & Sylvia
Deep Diver Specialty- Mel & Jonathan
300 Dives Completed- Emanuel & Ana
Iron Diver Award- Joel
…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!
Captain Matt Rutledge