Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log- 8th- 15th April 2017
Water Temp: 79 Fahrenheit / 26 Celsius
18 Guests: Steve, Jim, Cindy & Gunther, Dalton, Daniel, Erika, Janleide, Jim, Victor, Guilherme, Roberio, Gisele, Rita, Cally & John, Pat & Barbara
Sunday –Julies Jungle & Eagle Ray Pass
Monday- Half Moon Caye Wall & Long Caye Wall
Tuesday- The “Blue Hole” & Silver Caves
Wednesday – Lighthouse Wall & Cathedral
Thursday- Chain Wall & Long Caye Ridge
Friday- Front Porch
Saturday April 8th
All guests boarded in the afternoon. Refreshments on arrival, passenger safety briefing and dinner served onboard. Glad to see the arrival of Jim on his delayed flight before our late evening departure. An eastward travel towards the reefs of Lighthouse Atoll.
Sunday April 9th
Guests awoke with the Aggressor already at the dive site. All the divers were happy with their own diving equipment. The initial check dives were made at Julies Jungle dive site. Plenty was seen underwater including moray eels, hawksbill turtles, spiny lobsters and many schooling horse-eyed jacks. During lunch, the Belize Aggressor III headed to the reefs situated on the North west of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives at Eagle Ray Pass dive site. Divers found a large loggerhead turtle plus schooling Chubb fish, flamingo tongue cowries and moray eels. The night dive was completed at the same dive site and divers found numerous basket stars, lobsters, crabs, octopus and squid. The Belize Aggressor moved to stay at its night mooring in Lighthouse reef lagoon.
Monday April 10th
From the night mooring, the Belize Aggressor traveled East to the reefs south of Half Moon. Two morning dives at Half Moon Caye Wall. Divers found hundreds of garden eels, numerous conchs; southern sting rays friendly groupers, barracudas, loggerhead turtles and an Eagle Ray.
During lunch, the Aggressor headed west towards Long Caye Island. Two afternoon dives at Long Caye Wall dive site. Divers swam with both loggerhead and hawksbill turtles. Divers also found many moray eels plus an Eagle Ray. The night dive was completed at the same site. The night divers found hundreds of basket stars, squid, octopus, urchins, hunting tarpon fish and Spanish lobsters. Belize Aggressor III headed to stay at its night mooring overnight.
Tuesday April 11th
From the night mooring, the Belize Aggressor traveled northwards, meandering through the lagoon of lighthouse reef to dive in “The Great Blue Hole”. A unique dive site with it’s own fascinating stalagmite structures and natural circular form. A Belizean national monument.
A single deep group dive was completed within the blue hole. Another diver group explored the shallow reefs extending north radiating outwards from the blue hole. That diver group found many rays, large parrotfish, juvenile burr fish and pipefish. After these dives, some guests filmed the fantastic blue hole from above sea level using their drone camera. Belize Aggressor III at mid morning retraced its path meandering southwards.
Guests before lunch enjoyed an island excursion via Water taxi to Half Moon Caye Island. At this protected marine and land reserve, the guests viewed the red-footed boobie birds and magnificent frigate birds that nest the entire year on the island. Guests also enjoyed walking along the idyllic palm tree beach.
Guests returned back onboard and after lunch, the Aggressor moved through the cut of lighthouse reef and onto the reef walls situated North West of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives at Silver Caves dive site. Divers enjoyed the overhang topography and found interesting aquatic life such as decorated neck crabs, trains of creole wrasse, flamingo tongue cowries, spotted and green moray eels, hawksbill turtles and southern stingrays. A night dive was completed at the same site and divers found spiny and slipper lobsters, many basket stars, urchins as well as hunting Chubb and tarpon fish. Aggressor III headed to its night mooring after the dive.
Wednesday 12tH April
After breakfast was served onboard, the Belize Aggressor headed to reefs south of Half Moon Caye. Two morning dives at Lighthouse Wall dive site. Divers found numerous southern sting- rays, Caribbean reef sharks, eagle rays, octopus, free- swimming moray eels; many trigger fish species and friendly Nassau groupers. During lunch, Belize Aggressor moved to the West of Long Caye for two afternoon dives at Cathedral dive site. Divers found hawksbill turtles, many swimming moray eels and scorpion fish. The night dive was completed at the same site and the night divers found numerous tarpon fish, spiny lobsters, squid, octopus and sharp tail rays.
Belize Aggressor stayed at its night mooring after the dive.
Onboard in the evening, birthday celebrations were for Daniel who received a large birthday cake from Chef Anna.
Thursday 13th April
After breakfast, Aggressor headed to the reefs situated South of Half Moon Caye Island. Two morning dives at Chain Wall dive site. On this wall dive, divers interacted with many Caribbean reef sharks plus had close encounters with large loggerhead turtles, southern stingrays, and schools of blue tang, snapper and jack fish. Divers also swam with Eagle Rays and large triggerfish. During lunch, the Aggressor moved through the reef cut towards the West of Long Caye Island. Two afternoon dives at long Caye Ridge dive site. Divers swam with many barracuda fish plus divers enjoyed navigating the interesting topography of overhangs and sand spurs of this dive site maze. A night dive was completed at the same site and divers found lobsters, lettuce sea slugs, Spanish lobsters, ctenophores and planktonic tunicates.
After the night dive and after dinner was served onboard, the guests enjoyed the presentation of the charters’ weekly movie. It was filmed and compiled throughout the week by Instructor Daniel. A late evening departure from this dive site, westward to Turneffe atoll. The Aggressor stayed at Front Porch dive site overnight, situated on the Southern tip of Turneffe atoll.
Friday February 24th
Two morning dives were completed at Front Porch dive site. The early morning dawn dive enabled the divers to hear the croaking and then find several endemic bearded toadfish. Divers on the subsequent dive also found many southern stingrays, moray eels and hawksbill turtles.
After all divers were back on board, the Belize Aggressor III travelled back westward to Belize City. Aggressor arrived back into port at midday. Guests relaxed in the afternoon. Wine and snacks preceded the evening’s entertainment of a photography slideshow of all the guests collated throughout the week by Instructor Daniel. An award presentation was given to the following divers who completed onboard dive courses throughout the week.
Advanced Open Water Divers- Cally & John
Plus for completing all available dives in the week, Iron Diver Awards were presented to
Roberio, Gisele, Guilherme, Janleide.
…Well with the week over at 8:00AM on Saturday, the crew said their farewells to the guests departing the Belize Aggressor III.
Captain Matt Rutledge