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Dive Review of Aggressor III in
Belize

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Harry O'Neil, VA, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4067
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Most places in Carribean; North Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Buddy system was strongly enforced (a good thing IMHO). Std rec. limits. No
limit on bottom time. No solo diving allowed.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Three tiers on camera table, however only top tier used for cameras. Second
tier was used for changing stations and bottom was for misc. junk. With 6-7
photogs, table was a little crowded. With more is would be a problem. Need
to clear out lower two levels for cameras.

Also need an air source at camera table.

Computer available for backups (CD & USB) and viewing/editing.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
I arrived in Belize City a day early as I typically do on liveaboard trips,
just in case. One passenger was delayed and came out on Sunday by boat
taxi. Quite expensive. I stayed at the Radisson, right at the pier where
the Aggressor docks. Very convenient. Hotel was fine. Dinner at Happy Hour
on Friday night at hotel.

I will not go into detail on the BA III as it's been detailed in many other
reports. I found most everything to be of top quality and had no major
issues. Crew was EXTREMELY competent and service-oriented. Probably the
best liveaboard that I've done and I've done several. Specific comments as
follows:

1. Dive deck was extremely spacious. Plenty of room between divers. We had
a full boat, yet I never felt the least bit crowded. DMs managed air fills
promptly. Once they filled my tank with air vs nitrox. It was obvious when
I analyzed and they promptly bled it down and filled it properly. Nitrox
was advertised at 32%, but ran 29-31% most of the time. They still enforced
the 111' (1.4 ata) limit, except on the Blue Hole dive where we all shifted
to air.

2. Dive briefings were very well done. Safety was always emphasized. Most
dives were typical wall dives. A DM was always in the water on each dive.
Many times two crew members were in the water. Cameras were handled
carefully and always put in a separate rinse tank.

3. Hot water and shampoo was available on the dive deck. Plus a fresh warm
towel after EACH dive. Real nice service.

4. Most diving was on Lighthouse Reef on the leeward sides of Long Caye and
around Half Moon Caye. Weather was excellent; mostly sunny, light to
moderate winds. Viz was good, but not great by Belize standards. On Friday
morning, the last two dives were on the west side of Turneffe Island where
we did find the endemic toadfish.

5. Coral was in as good shape as I've seen in the Carribean. Small fish
were plentiful, but large ones were scarce. A few eagle rays and a couple
sharks.

6. Food was at best, GOOD. Meat was generally overcooked. They tried to
cater to all special requests and were very responsive.

7. There were technical problems with the weekly video that they try to
sell, so they gave each passenger a copy of the 10-12 minutes that was
salvaged. Nice touch since I never buy the video.

8. I'd recommend the new Living Planet Diving and Snorkeling book on
Belize, recently revised. It describes all the sites we dove and provides
reasonably accurate detail.

Overall a very well run operation, decent Carribean diving, and a extremely
responsive crew. I'd do it again without question. Email me for more info.
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