Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
March 2-9, 2019
Sea State: Choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 60-80ft
Avg Wind Speed: 13- 20 knots
Dive Instructor -Rocke
Dive Master- Jadiel
Sunday February 24, 2019
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Zip Line
After a restful night at our mooring, we tackled on to a great adventure at Sandy Slope and Zip Line to start our dive week on the western side of Turneffe Atoll. We were greeted on our first day of diving by a couple stingrays, yellow stingray, lobsters, channel clinging crabs, green moray eels, spotted moray eel, with the highlight of the day being a fever of 4 eagle rays coming toward us and then zipping away and disappearing in the blue.
On our first night dive, we were thrilled to find the first octopus of the week along with scorpion fish and longhorn nudibranchs. Overall, it was a great day of diving for us all.
Monday February 25, 2019,
Dive sites: Julie’s Jungle & Painted Wall
After a night of transit, we arose to the clear skies and blue waters of Lighthouse Reef Atoll and immediately jumped in the water at Julie’s Jungle. Visibility was great and allowed us to enjoy the beautiful scenery with the massive coral mounts of the site and a very colorful variety of sponges. Amongst the beauty of the site, we found green moray, spotted morays, ocean triggerfish and creole wrasse. There was a very cool school of squid that just highlighted all the perfection of this place.
For the afternoon night dive, we went to Painted Wall that harbored juvenile and adult spotted drum, scrawled filefish, southern stingrays, porcupine puffer, channel clinging crab, tarpons, a school of yellow tail snappers, and guess what? It’s loggerhead season, so we spotted our first one for the week!
Tuesday February 26, 2019
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Angel Fish Wall
As our usual schedule goes, we zigzagged our way toward the Magnificent Bluehole of Belize. The thrill of diving amongst the stalactites of this sunken cave was enough to keep us on our toes ready to capture as much of the beauty and mystery of the site with our minds and our cameras. And after that nice cool deep dive, we headed for a nice walk on the beach at Halfmoon Caye Natural Monument where its mating season for the magnificent frigate birds and the colorful display is quite a tourist attraction.
To keep up with an awesome day, we spent the afternoon at Angelfish Wall where we were righteously met by couples of angelfish, along with lobsters, green turtles, hog fish, goat fish, queen trigger, octopus, squids, and at the top of our excitement, our first sharks of the week!!!
Wednesday February 27, 2019
Dive Sites: Chain Wall & Long Caye Wall
Keeping up with the shark theme, we couldn’t think of a better site than Chain Wall, where we were certainly not disappointed. As soon as the first divers jumped in the water, we heard the magic words, “SHARK BELOW!”. Everyone was ecstatic as they experienced as many as three sharks swimming around and amongst us giving everyone plenty time to take as many photos and videos as desired. As if the sharks weren’t enough, a bunch of lobsters, green turtle, stingrays, Nassau groupers and a huge spotted eagle ray delighted our dive fever even more.
In the afternoon, we headed to Long Caye Wall and we happy to find a school of 12 tarpons just hanging out below the boat and toward the edge of the wall. There were also schools of horse-eyed jacks gently swaying with the surf looking as if there were following the boat. On the night dive, we found more squids, a large-eyed toadfish and more octopus.
Thursday February 28, 2019
Dives Sites: Halfmoon Caye Wall, Quebrada & Triple Anchor
To make and unforgettable Thursday come alive, Halfmoon Caye Wall greeted us with beautiful clear waters and razor fish, a huge area of the grass beds covered with queen conch, and to top it off more, more sharks, loggerheads, and hawksbill turtle. Plus, we enjoyed some playtime observing some sailfin blennies, headshield slugs, and flapping dingbats.
Later on at Quebrada, the divers and crew on the boat got to enjoy a dolphin show as if they had practiced to perform. Sadly, the ones below missed it but they saw other interesting things. As the divers surfaced, the chat heated up with the recount of a rare sighting of a frog fish. For this captain, seasoned in the seas of Belize for many years, this was the very first time I was on a boat with divers that found this frog fish while on a dive, sadly, that I missed. Hence, some of us were in disbelief until we were shown the photos of this amazing wonder. I would give up sighting of rays, sharks, turtles and dolphins to be able to find one of this very fine and very rare specimens. I’ve got a challenge now for the future charters!
At Triple Anchor for the night dive, we were hit again with another very fantastic sighting of a white spotted toadfish.
Friday March 1, 2019
Dive Site: Amber Head South
To close off our amazing week of diving, we headed back to Turneffe Atoll and explored Amber Head. We found scorpion fish, peacock flounder, and another hawksbill turtle.
It was indeed, one of the many great weeks of diving we do on the Belize Aggressor III. We cannot thank you enough for having been a huge part of this experience. We hope that your stay drives you to keep Belize on your future dive destinations. We must congratulate our Iron Divers Tom, Ann, Randy, Liz and Jay for enduring and enjoying as much of our reef as you could.
Captain and Crew