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October 28- November 4, 2017
Sea State: Light
Captain - Jerome
Chef – Anna
Engineer - Fermin
Stewardess – Vanessa
Dive Master- Monique
Dive Master- Conway
Saturday September 2, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:00 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:00 PM – Food time!
Sunday October 22, 2017
Dive Sites: Black Beauty & Johnny’s Wrench
We Departed Belize City early Sunday morning, ready for a new week of diving with our new guests. For our first dives, we made a day stop at Turneffe Atoll. The site called Black Beauty offers a beautiful shallow reef, which is great for the check-out dive since it has beautiful coral and sponge formations. Today we made sure that everyone was aware that the white spotted toad fish is only found on this atoll. We saw a couple during the day dive and sure enough, on the night dive as well. We also found lettuce slugs all over the reef. Meanwhile, green moray eels just hung on the edge of the wall.
Monday October 23, 2017
Dive Sites: Shark Point & Half Moon Caye Wall
Another day on the Belize Aggressor III brought us to the explore a few sites in the Half Moon Caye reserve. Our day was filled with life as friendly Nassau groupers escorted us up and down the reef. Since the area in this beautiful piece of the reef, has smooth sandy bottoms and massive individual coral heads, it made an awesome site to explore each rock eagerly to see what was hiding in the dark cracks. On the sand bed, we saw schools of Garden Eels that looked as though they were dancing while and we swam overhead. And as we got closer to the razor fish, it darted into the sand to hide from our inquisitive eyes. Stingrays stirred up the bottom as usual during their active search for their days meal. We were happy to see a Caribbean reef shark quietly minding its own business as it patrolled the reef, funnily ignoring the bunch of divers that were invading its abode
Tuesday October 24, 2017
Dive Site: Bluehole & Long Caye Wall
It was time for some deep exploration so we danced through the patch reef of the atoll heading to the famous Blue Hole of Belize. Of all our divers, 16 dove deep to explore the stalactite formations, while 2 stayed shallow in the blue sea.
After the adrenalin rush, we decided to ease it down by visiting one of the most chilled islands in Belize. We had time to venture in the little walk toward the littoral forest of mostly Zericote trees that houses a unique colony of red-footed boobie birds. As we stepped on the viewing platform, we were awed by all the beauty we saw. The stern difference from the dense tree canopies with boobies and great frigate birds living together in its branches, and the back drop of the marvelous Caribbean Sea made for some pretty scenic pictures.
On our next dive at Long Caye Wall, we pulled out the macro lenses as their were plenty of small creatures to shoot. We found some jaw fish, neck crab, Peterson shrimp, banded coral shrimp and skeleton shrimp amongst others.
Wednesday November 1, 2017
Dive Site: Silver Caves & Quebrada
We started the morning eager to explore the swim-throughs of Silver Caves. Eventually, our dive led us off the wall to a very colourful area filled with gorgonians and tons of juvenile fish. Soon enough, we met a reef shark that made a couple of circles before disappearing in the blue. Amongst other highlights, we found a smooth trunk fish, a Jaw fish , channel clinging crab and lobsters.
In the afternoon, all crew was vying to for the dive as we had not been to Quebrada in a long time. Thankfully, time away from this site passed by like nothing. Since the richness in flora and fauna was not disappointing at all. A reef shark found us and continuously checked on us the entire dive. We also found tons of lobsters and channel clinging crabs.
Thursday November 2, 2017
Dive Sites: Tarpon Caves, Grand Bouge & Front Porch
With our last full day of dives on this charter, we wanted to end on a high note, so we headed to the Half Moon Caye area. Since this is an area known as a shark hangout, we immediately found 2 sharks, or did they find us?! Those two stayed around through the whole dive, coming and going as they pleased. Stingrays laid in their sand hole until we made them uncomfortable and them swam off. We found a hog fish actively feeding on something from the sand. It was an interesting sight watching the hog fish filtering the sand from their gills to keep just food in their mouths. The garden eel from the sand bed hurriedly took shelter as we swam by while the queen conchs covered the ocean bottom like a mine field.
We said our goodbyes to Lighthouse Reef Atoll after that great dive and set off to Turneffe for the afternoon and night dives. Again we found the white spotted toad fish in one of the last three dives on Turneffe. We also found several juvenile smooth trunk fish, lettuce slugs, 3 octopuses and a couple of arrow squid. All in all, it was a great aftermoon on Turneffe Atoll.
Friday November 3, 2017
Dive Sites: Amber Head North
For the last dives of the week, we went across to the west side of Turneffe Atoll to dive the site called Amber Head North. This site that is commonly known for its sponges really made it a great way to end the week
We are very thankful that you chose to dive Belize aboard the Belize Aggressor III, and warmly welcome you to plan your future trips aboard our fleets. Congrats to our iron diver William.