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Dive Review of Belize Aggressor III in
Belize

Belize Aggressor III, Oct, 2004,

by David Reubush, VA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 47 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 2138.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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