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Dive Review of Belize Aggressor III in
Belize

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by David Reubush, VA, USA
Top Contributor   (42 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2138
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao,
Dominica, Galapagos, Red Sea, Roatan, Turks and Caicos (Grand Turk &
Provo) 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 ft. max depth on air; depth on nitrox based on measured O2 percentage;
come back with at least 300 psi.  They recorded depth and time for everyone
for every dive, but did not really check tank pressure.  We also recorded
O2 readings for every tank fill.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Large, fresh water rinse tank for cameras only; large camera table for
cameras only; outlets for rechargers on second level of camera table;
dedicated camera towels for drying cameras and housings.  Hard to do much
better for photogs.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was my 4th trip to Belize, but the first in October.  (Others were
March, June, and August.)   In the 5 years since I last went I had
forgotten how good the reefs and fish life were.  (The neatest fish we saw
was a red-lipped bat fish - which is a really strange creature.)  While the
corals were generally healthy and the fish life abundant (although we only
saw a few big fish) the visibility was not as good as it was the other 3
times I had been.  I expect the long, warm summer had resulted in a
significant amount of algae and other stuff in the water.  Other than that
the water was warm and flat and the diving was easy.  (Not quite as easy as
Little Cayman as the reefs tend to start a bit deeper than those of Little
Cayman.)  The sky was generally overcast which we assumed to be a result of
the hurricane which passed North of us, but did not otherwise affect us. 
The only thunderstorms we had were at night so they did not have any effect
on the diving.  The dive deck was great.  In a word, "spacious." 
The warm  showers on the back of the dive deck with shampoo and body wash
followed by warm towels were a great way to end the dives.  While the
temperature in our cabin was always satisfactory there were other cabins
which were either too hot or too cold.  Since the boat was not full the
captain allowed those with temperature problems to move.  The tank fills
were always above 3000 psi.  I really have no complaints about the boat or
dive operation.  The only issue I have with the Aggressor operation is that
the person we dealt with in the reservation office was often very slow to
respond to both phone calls or emails.
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