BAIII Captain’s Log
Mar 11-18, 2017
Sea State: choppy
Air Temp: 78F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft +
Stewardess – Vanessa
Instructors – Jerome & Daniel
Engineer - Fermin
Deck Assts: Jadiel
Saturday Mar 11, 2017
This week we had the Aggressor Fleet President, Capt. Wayne Hasson, on board the Belize Aggressor III for a fun week of diving.
Our guests this week were Barb, Mike, Sarah, Steven, Michelle, Paul, Kit, Brian, Melanie, Lee, Nancy, Bill, Vanessa, Ivan, Katrin, Nic, Eric, and Capt. Wayne.
3:00pm Guests board
5:30pm Safety briefing
6:00 Dinner is served!
Sunday Mar 12, 2017
Dive Sites: Julie’s Jungle & Eagle Ray Pass
We motored out of the Port of Belize at around 8pm on Saturday and arrived at Lighhouse Reef Atoll around 1am after a smooth crossing. Our first dive site on Sunday was Julie’s Jungle for our morning dives and Eagle Ray Pass for the afternoon dives. We had a great first day! After the guests finished their buoyancy checks, we descended down to check out this beautiful dive site. The first thing you will notice at Julie’s Jungle is the amazing sponge life with massive barrel sponges. We were also surrounded by small colourful reef fish, such as blue chromis, Creole wrasse, Sergeant Majors, and hundreds and hundreds of sharpnose puffers…actually, we have been seeing countless sharpnose puffers on every dive for the past few weeks.
Monday Mar 13, 2017
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Painted Wall
Day 2 was another fantastic day, with superb visibility, beautiful weather, and amazing dives! We did our morning dives in the Marine Park at Half Moon Caye wall, and the visibility had to be close to 200ft. There were some awesome sightings today…several loggerhead and Caribbean reef sharks. One Caribbean Reef shark was just cruising along the wall and swam about 5ft below the divers, and just carried on, ignoring us. We saw a pair of Eagle rays, green sea turtle, several stingrays, Nassau and black groupers, barracuda, free-swimming green morays, and scorpion fish. There were also sightings of tiny critters, like neck crabs, skeleton shrimp, head shield slugs, and flapping dingbats. A school of squid were hanging out right below the stern of the boat, so we got to see them as we did our safety stop. On the night dive we saw a hawksbill, lots of tarpon, squid, eels, nudibranch, octopus, and several nurse sharks.
Tuesday Mar 14, 2017
Dive Site: Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, & Cathedral
Tuesday started with a single dive at the Great Blue Hole, and then an island excursion to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. These are both World Heritage Sites in Belize. We explored the stalactite formations down below at the blue hole, which was once a massive cave standing high above. Then to Half Moon Caye to see the nesting grounds for the Red-footed booby birds and magnificent frigate birds. For the afternoon dives, we headed to Cathedral. We had great visibility and saw lots of cool marine life, including Loggerhead turtles, eels, a huge channel clinging crab, schools of barracuda, hawksbill, and black groupers.
Wednesday Mar 15, 2017
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall & 2 of a Kind
Today we saw lots of sharks…Nurse sharks and 6 Caribbean reef sharks. We saw eagle rays gliding by along the wall, several turtles, southern stingrays and groupers. There were also tons of reef fish teeming about on the reef.
Thursday Mar 16, 2017
Dive Sites: Chain Wall, Nurse Shark Ridge, & Long Caye Wall
We had some truly amazing dives today! We started at Chain Wall where we saw Caribbean Reed Sharks, hawksbill turtles, groupers, barracuda, Southern stingrays, and a rare sighting of a Manta Ray! The great dives continued at Nurse Shark Ridge and Long Caye Wall with sightings of Caribbean Reef sharks, free swimming moray eels, Eagle rays, and both hawksbill and loggerhead turtles. A 6ft loggerhead literally bumped into Capt. Chris before going down to feed on the reef. It hung out for about 10 minutes then swam up to greet another massive loggerhead. They swam around each other for a couple minutes then took off into different directions. We also saw a pair of green morays courting and another green moray and a black grouper out hunting together. On the night dive we found slipper lobsters, squid, octopus, nudibranch, a pair of nurse sharks, and a pretty big Caribbean reef shark. Pretty awesome!
Friday Mar 17, 2017
Dive Sites: Silver Caves & Sayonara
Friday we jumped into the water at 6am at Silver Caves…nice way to wake up. Then our final dive of the week was a drift dive at Sayonara on Turneffe Atoll. Both dives were amazing and we had a great send off with sightings of green morays, hawksbill turtles, scorpionfish, Eagle rays, and lots of schooling fish swarming around our divers.
Congrats to Melanie, Lee, Eric, Brian, Kit, and Michelle on becoming our newest Iron Divers!
Congrats to Katrin and Nic on getting Nitrox certified.
Congrats to Ivan and Vanessa on getting a milestone 100th dive, and to Barb on her 350th dive.
Thank you all for a great week and Hope to see you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!