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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Belize

Aggressor Fleet, Jan, 2012,

by Allan Freilich, NY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6396.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Belize, Cayman, Turks, Cozumel, Playa Chincerro, Honduras, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500lbs return
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments nothing beats the Agressor's camera platform. Crew very aware about camera gear and treats it with repect. Rinse tank full size-saw the Dancer's rinse tank and clearly it is not made for those with a big rig!

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments For all planning a foreign trip-get trip insurance! Anything can happen--Also: arrive 1 day in advance--anything can happen!
American Airlines cancelled our flight between miami and Belize by calling family after we were in the air from NY to Miami!! They gave out vouchers for overnight stay but we were meeting a liveaboard!!
When we finally reached the Aggressor's emergency person he arranged for a rep to meet us in Belize airport to hire a speed boat to take us to the Aggressor for about 250.00 each. (couldn't return home anyway because October 31 was the early snow storm in the Northeast-everything was cancelled, including rail lines) My buddies dive gear was misplaced during next day trip to Belize, pretty aggravating.
Negotiated with American regarding this 250.00 fee and they finally agreed to not charge us (lost luggage also helped the negotiation, I'm sure) and we finally got to the boat loosing one day of diving.

No one's fault, but we were at the tail end of the hurricane, so weather and vis were awful (gee, i could have stayed in NY and dove there!) but the boat took on bad fuel; we were dead in the water until the Sun Dancer came to rescue and trade fuel with us. Still, generators failed and we lost another day of diving.
Captain and crew kept their cool during this very stressful situation, making them work around the clock to clean out fuel tanks. I was very impressed with the captain and crew and really expected nothing less from the Aggressor fleet. In addition, after i contacted them a month later they agreed to give a generous discount to all on our trip if we travelled with them during the next year. We are going back on the Cayman Aggressor in April to hopefully be able to cross over to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman this time. (weather in November 2010 was too rough despite 2 attempts at crossing)
My comments--no one can blame anyone for bad weather or bad fuel, but the cabins leaking fresh water ruined my Saturday return clothes. I had to wear stinky balled up clothing from my laundary bag. The boat had been serviced in Honduras recently and the Captain mentioned that he wasn't happy with the service done. I'm not sure what service was done but leaking cabins are not pleasant, and the compressed air at the camera tables was gone.
Still, if you are an avid photo person, there just isn't any better way to get in the water faster and easier than a liveaboard boat. At my age I'm tired of dragging 50lbs of photo gear plus scuba equipment back and forth to the boat, not to mention worrying about theft.
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