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Dive Review of Belize Aggressor III in
Belize

Belize Aggressor III, Mar, 2005,

by Claude Koprowski, MD, Talbot . Report 1648.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, New Guinea, Truk, Fiji, the Caymans, Great Barrier Reef, Galapagos, St. Vincents, Jamaica, Isla Margarita, Grand Turk, Corsica, Florida Keys, Isla Mujeres, Bonaire, BVI, Cape Cod, South Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]none
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 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 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]Excellent. Good crew photographer/instructor

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
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]This Belize Aggressor was fresh out from major mechanical overhaul and redecoration. The crew was phenomenal. Food was varied and good except for the fact that meats tended to be overcooked. On the other hand, I had the best Mexican dinner I have ever had on board. There was variety and a willingness to please.

The Cabins were clean, reasonably spacious with good water pressure in the showers and functioning, clean heads. The bunks, however, I felt were the ship's weakness. There was a large inferior bunk-I would guess about full size, and a superior bunk that was clostrophobic and so narrow that a sleeper could well roll off of it. The space between the two bunks would challenge a honeymooning couple. I would suggest the upper bunks be removed and replaced with a higher storage rack that gives sufficient sitting room for the entire lower bunk.

Many of our divers were seasoned and well-travelled. A group of us informally rated the trip as a 4-5 out of 10 basis. What bothered us most was that we went to the same 10-12 dive sites as the Nekton and Belize Dancer, just shifting from buoy to buoy each day. And the viz was often too cloudy for pristine photography. After all, this is the second largest reef in the world, and it seemed to most of us that they could develop better dive sites at more distant locales that could be used to shift away from local weather factors. Actually one of our best dives was on a site the captain had never been to before and was exploring.
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