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Dive Review of Belize Aggressor III in
Belize

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Steven P. Smith, NY, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6411
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cape Cod, Ft. Lauderdale, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Little Cayman, Grand
Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression or solo diving, 120 ft. maximum  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Not a photographer, but heard no complaints.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Good:  
1. The highlight of the trip was the captain (Piers) and crew (Jody,
Fermin, Francisco, and Anna).  Their attentiveness to our needs and wishes
was outstanding.  Without being overbearing or obtrusive, Piers and Fermin
made themselves available to assist newer divers with shedding unnecessary
weight, better trim and buoyancy control, and new skills (night dives,
deeper dives).  By the end of the week, all newer divers had made
measurable progress, and felt much more at ease and confident in the
water.
2. On Friday afternoon, the crew made a variety of land excursions
available.  Our group went to the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha.  I would
recommend this excursion.
3. The food was very good and plentiful, but shy of great.

Bad:
1. One of the cabins had an atrocious odor from some sort of mechanical
problem. Fortunately, it was not our cabin. Unfortunately, it had to be
someone's cabin, and that someone was a couple of our friends.
2. The Aggressor cabins are cramped, no way around it.  However, if one
does all dives (I did), you spend little time in the cabin other than
dead-to-the-world asleep.
3. The boat had taken on some bad fuel, and the trip was minimally
interrupted for refueling from another liveaboard.  This should actually
switch to the "good" category, as Captain Piers and the crew
handled it very well and no dives were lost.
4. No sharks. None. Not even on the shark feeding dive.  There were a good
number of turtles, but no eagle rays or mantas.  I was a bit disappointed
by the relatively few exotic marine species that we encountered.  All the
dives seemed about the same.
5. More than one of the cylinders had worn O-rings, and the crew reported
that they had difficulty in obtaining satisfactory O-rings.  Huh?
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