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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
March 9-16, 2019
Sea State: Choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 60-80ft
Avg Wind Speed: 15- 20 knots
Dive Instructor -Rocke
Sunday March 10, 2019
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope, Nurse Shark Ridge & Julie’s Jungle
As is the usual weather for March in Belize, especially the holiday of the 9th of March, we sailed toward Turneffe Atoll on a very windy but beautiful sunny day. For our first stop, we chose Sandy Slope for the easy sandy incline leading toward the wall. Exploring the shallows, we found some nice anemones, green and spotted moray eels, yellow stingrays and a couple lobsters.
For the afternoon dives, we headed directly to a site called Nurse Shark Ridge at Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Finding an octopus in the daylight freely moving around got all the divers very hyped about what the night dive could bring since this creature was already waving hello. We found some barracudas, channel clinging crabs, a spotted drum. Due to unexpected events, we had to go explore another site for the night dive, but it was equally as exciting since we found more octopuses, filefish, lots of urchins, and scrawled filefish.
Monday March 11, 2019,
Dive sites: Halfmoon Caye Wall, Julie’s Jungle & Hat Caye Wall
With a lighter northeasterly wind blowing, we decided it was the perfect time to hit the Halfmoon Caye Wall area. We enjoyed the views of pairs of gray angelfish, southern stingrays, some divers enjoyed the big cracks and crevices of the wall swimming up and down from the sand to the wall and vice versa. We couldn’t leave this site without the visit of the curious sharks that reside in this area. A queen triggerfish blowing sand to find its catch captured our sights and our lenses as we carefully observed this behavior.
Later, at Julie’s Jungle, lobsters, neck crabs, banded coral shrimps, four-eyed butterfly fish, indigo hamlet were amongst a few of the highlights before we had to leave due to poor visibility.
Finding clearer waters at Hat Caye, everyone was able to enjoy the amazing scenery created by the large gorgonians and sponges that decorated the water. Amongst the beauty of the site, we found a couple of porcupine puffer, stingrays, slipper lobsters, squids and octopus.
Tuesday March 12, 2019
Dive Sites: Chain Wall & Long Caye Wall
Since weather was calling for high winds on Wednesday, we decided to visit Chain Wall before it got too rough. The site was a hit and we spent most of the day here after finding several loggerheads, spotted filefish, queen triggerfish, friendly Nassau groupers, and a stunning spotted eagle ray with its mouth open playfully going through the sand up and down.
To finish the afternoon and night dives, we explored Long Caye Wall. The very curious horse-eyed jacks were below the boat ready to welcome the divers. We enjoyed watching the reef from above and a few tarpons observing from a little distance. On the night dive, we found more octopuses and squids along with longhorn nudibranch.
Wednesday March 13, 2019
Dive Sites: Blue Hole, Aquarium & Painted Wall
Since we had a beautiful day ahead of us and moderate winds, we took the chance to zigzag through the coral heads in a most scenic drive toward the magnificent Bluehole of Belize. We split the group in 2 so that one could explore the deep section and the other could stay in the shallow. Everyone enjoyed in their own terms getting to dive in this “not-so-mysterious anymore” site, but still a wonderful and memorable experience for all.
After the nice cold dip, we headed back to the reef and stop at this fabulous site called Aquarium. We couldn’t get in the water fast enough as we saw three dolphins playing close by, and some of us did get to enjoy them from below the surface. It was indeed an aquarium that day, the visibility was great and the setting with the light and gorgonians and the many different species of fish all over really gave us the feel as if we were caught inside an aquarium perfectly set up. There were princess and stoplight parrotfish, a small school of smooth trunkfish, a loggerhead, an eagle ray, and a hawksbill and green moray seemingly swimming together.
To close off the day, Painted Wall greeted us with a welcoming party of Bermuda chubs and sergeant majors.
Thursday March 14, 2019
Dives Sites: Quebrada & Long Caye Wall
On the last day of diving at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, we dove at Quebrada and Long Caye Wall. The strong winds blowing made us more cautious on our last dives, but we still enjoyed and were thrilled to see hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, nurse shark, eagle rays, amongst a whole lot of other species of fish and creatures.
Friday March 15, 2019
Dive Site: Amber Head South
Back at Turneffe Atoll, our final dive site was Amber Head South.
Thank you all for having been such great sports even in the face of the choppy seas. And thank you Kamala from Singledivers.com for choosing Belize as your dive destination, and even more for choosing to do it aboard the Belize Aggressor III. We must congratulate our Iron Divers Susan, Kamala and Madeline for enduring and enjoying as much of our reef as you could.
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