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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
January 27, 2018 – February 3, 2018
Sea State: Choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 75oF
Avg. Water Temp: 78oF
Avg. Visibility: 50ft+
Captain - Jerome
Chef – Yanis
Dive Instructor- Daniel
Dive Master - Monique
Saturday January 27, 2018
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:15 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:15 PM – Dinner is served!
Sunday January 28, 2018
Dive Sites: Triple Anchor & Hat Caye Wall
We departed aboard our vessel, the Belize Aggressor III early in the morning, making a stop on the southern side of the Turneffe Atoll at Triple Anchor site. This turned out to be a great way to start off a great week of diving. This site had many individual coral head colonies and lots of sandy areas, perfect to explore a diversity of habitats before heading on to the bigger sites. We even got the feeling of being in middle of a cliff.
With a successful check-out dive under our belts, with sights of several individual lobsters, schools of permits, Peterson cleaner shrimps, banded coral shrimps, and creole wrasse showing off in mid water, we headed toward Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
We anchored at Hat Caye Wall where we spent the rest of the afternoon and night dives. A little hawksbill turtle kept us company for a while during the afternoon, and the night dive was a busy octopus city and we got to spend most of the dive admiring them. A couple of longhorn nudibranch and lettuce slugs were also part of our dark night repertoire.
Monday January 29, 201
Dive Sites: Long Caye Wall & Silver Caves
As we prepared for a cold front, we aimed for as many dives on the western side of Long Caye. The variation in topography of Long Caye Wall always gives for some amazing sightings of creatures and fish. While descending on the shallows and slowly making our way toward the wall, we could feel such peaceful spirits, just before we encountered several barracudas right along the wall. It seemed as if these long silver fish were smiling on us every time we caught their eyes. Some divers were quite privileged to find and spend some time with an octopus, a rare day sighting, while others made friends with reef sharks.
After a well-prepared lunch from our chef Yanis and assistant Anna, we moved over to Silver Caves for the rest of the day. Exploring both the north and the south of this wall brought some cheerfulness to crew’s hearts, as we found our friend “Patch”, a friendly reef shark with two white patches on its forehead. We had not seen him for over a month, so we were glad to find him well and swimming. We spotted a little hawksbill right off the wall as well as schools of horse eye jack and Bermuda chubs.
The night divers got to spend some time observing some octopuses’ behaviour and moved on to some channel clinging crabs feeding.
Tuesday January 30, 2017
Dive Site: Half Moon Caye Wall & Angel fish Wall
With a hit or miss possibility due to the weather, we took our chances and tried Half Moon Caye Wall and Angel Fish Wall. Some of our divers spent as much time as possible swimming through every possible opening in the reef. Resting and observing the sandy bottom and then moving off to the wall on and off. On both dives we were able to grace our eyes with beautiful reef sharks, a lot of southern stingrays grazing actively on the bottom or just swimming around. We definitely were most excited when two green turtles seemed to play hide and seek with us; we watched them descend to the sandy side of the reef while rushing over to find them on the other side and still not a peek of them. And as we explored the shallows, we again got glimpse of them off the wall, quickly swimming over to get a closer look. The second time we were successful and actually saw them trying to get rid of some remoras attached to them. Closer to the end of the dive and within close proximity to the Belize Aggressor III, we spent some time observing the sand and grass bed, and we were lucky to be joined both dives by paring grey angelfish.
Wednesday January 31, 2017
Dive Site: Lighthouse Wall & Halfmoon Caye Wall
We started the day diving at Lighthouse Wall. We were greeted by the friendliest grouper at the high rise between the channels. Moving off and along the nice steep wall, we saw a Caribbean reef shark graciously cruising along in the deep midst of the blue.
Because of the rough seas causing a pretty good rolling on the boat, we moved to a calmer site, Halfmoon Caye Wall, for the rest of the day. Spending this much time on a dive site made us very familiar with a couple of extra friendly groupers, and also very familiar with a reef shark that kept checking on us throughout the day. The advantage of diving so many dives on one site is that we were able to take our time and slowly explore some of the crevices that lead from the reef to the wall and vice versa. We also got to deeply observe the sand bed, looking for the little well camouflaged creatures and fish that live within its grains and also on the grass. We found some small shrimps on the grass, flapping dingbats, sailfin blennies, conch, stingrays, and garden eels.
Thursday February 1, 2017
Dive Site: Blue Hole & Amber Head South
Having weathered out a very strong front this week, we had been waiting daily for clear skies so we could journey to the Bluehole. And finally, we got the chance to quickly make our way through the patch reef toward the magnificent Bluehole of Belize. Without hesitation, our instructor Daniel got everyone prepared and ready with his thorough briefing. And with that dive in the deep blue, we bid farewell to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
We then cruised over to the west side of Turneffe, looking for calmer and clearer waters. Surely, we were not disappointed by choosing Amber Head, which had beautiful clear waters perfect for great visibility in our dive. We descended and headed into a very mild current and had a friendly green moray eel seemingly escorting us for most of the dive. Our divers were happily playing around the bottom, while watching French grey and queen angelfish pairing, lobsters, channel clinging crabs and spotted eagle rays.
Friday February 2, 2017
Dive Sites: Amber Head North
After a relaxed night on Amber Head South, we moved over to the north early in the morning for the final dives of this charter. This must have been the best morning of the entire week, which was perfect for our last two dives. We saw the reef come to life, watching the different creatures wake as the sunlight got brighter and brighter. It was indeed a great early morning dive, one of the best in a long time. The last two dives were peaceful and relaxing, watching the angelfish and creole wrasse slowly start to assemble in schools.
After the second briefing, we went back to explore some more into the mild current. We playfully dove around and then returned to the boat to start making our way back to Belize City.
We want to say a huge congratulation to our Iron Divers Mike, Sean, Sue and Doug.
From the captain and crew, we thank you all our dear guests for diving aboard our vessel, the Belize Aggressor III. We hope you consider us for your next visit.