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Dive Review of Belize Aggressor in
Belize

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Mel Murray & Tara Chronister, NC, USA
Report Number 3904
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Cayman Is, Bahamas, Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Cozumel,
Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Except for guided dive at the blue hole the only restriction was to dive
with a buddy.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Our 7th liveaboard and 5th Aggressor trip.  This was our 2nd time on the
Belize Aggressor (previously in 1997).  Best service to date!  Great trip.
We were met by an Aggressor dive master at the airport on Saturday and then
transported to the boat by bus.  We arrived about one hour before boarding
so they took our luggage and we had lunch at the Radisson near the dock. 
At 2pm we boarded and were shown to our cabin on the upper deck (worth
paying extra for if it is available).  We left for Lighthouse Reef, about a
3 hr trip, later than usual on Saturday evening due to a late arriving
flight of one of the passengers.  We had a mixed group with a couple from
Canada, a single diver from Germany and a dive group from Mexico.  All were
experienced divers diving NITROX.  Accommodations:  Ours was a larger cabin
on the upper deck with one double bed.  Cabins on the lower deck had a
double and a twin bed.  There were some complaints regarding plumbing
issues but these were dealt with promptly.  Storage was adequate, and
probably better than most liveaboards.  The salon had a TV and DVD player,
which was used for nightly presentations by the crew (fish ID, etc).  DVDs
from the DVD library could be taken to your cabin and watched on your own
TV.  Each cabin had its own climate controls.  The salon also had a
paperback book library, along with fish ID books and books about Belize.
Upper decks had lounge chairs, a hot tub and a BBQ grill that was used for
some meals during the week.  The uppermost deck was good for stargazing.
Crew/Service:  Captain Gordon was Canadian and younger than captains we
have had in the past but highly efficient and personable.  He was also on
many of the dives and took pictures.  Two dive masters Johnny and Juan were
extremely competent and helpful and served as dive buddies when needed. 
Early on the trip they were very helpful to individuals who needed extra
assistance and always seemed to be available to give just the right amount
of guidance.  Cabin/kitchen staff Randy, Lourdes and Anna were always ready
with snacks after every dive, hot chocolate after night dives, well
prepared meals and accommodated requests with a smile. The boat was always
clean.  Food:  Food was always plentiful with cold breakfast available as
early as 0530 to 0600 and then hot breakfast of eggs, pancakes, etc. at
0700.  A hot snack such as cookies or muffins was served after the first
morning dive. Lunch was served after the second dive with soup and
sandwiches, pasta, etc.  Another snack of wings, etc was served after the
first afternoon dive.  Dinner included fish, chicken, turkey etc.  Alcohol
was available all day, but once you imbibed you were finished diving for
the day.  Cookies, chips, microwave popcorn, Kool-Aid, sodas etc were
available 24 hours a day.  Diving: We dove many sites off Lighthouse Reef
and the Turneffe Islands. Each diver had their own locker.  You set up your
gear on your tank when you arrived and then your tank was filled in place
with you not having to do anything else for the remainder of the trip. 
There were separate rinse buckets for masks and cameras plus a large bucket
to wash wetsuits in.  Entry into the water was by giant stride off the dive
platform.  There was a hang bar at 15 feet with an air regulator if needed
by anyone.  A dingy was available to retrieve any divers who couldnt make
it back to the boat.  It wasnt needed.  All divers were checked off
entering and exiting the water by a crew member as well as depth and time
recorded upon return.  A storm came in at the end of the week which made
climbing the ladder and timing your safety stop with the current a
challenge.  The storm was bad enough that a couple of dives were cancelled.
 Most days 5 dives were offered  two each morning on the same sight, then
two each afternoon on a different site then a night dive.  The blue hole
was a guided dive. That day a second morning dive wasnt made.  Instead a
tour of Half Moon Caye with a bird sanctuary was offered and worth the
trip.  Hot fresh water showers are available on the dive deck for after
diving.  Grouper, barracuda, and tarpon were seen on most dives.  Spotted
eagle rays were seen on many dives and turtles on a few dives.  Dolphins
were seen while the boat was in transit but not during diving.  Juvenile
fish were in abundance.  Spotted toad fish endemic to Belize were seen. 
Night dives early in the week were very good with all the usual creatures -
octopus, squid, lobsters, crab, etc.  As the weather turned bad the night
diving was not as good. Fresh towels were provided after every dive and
were hot from the dryer after night dives.  A single dive is offered Friday
morning then you make the trip back to Belize City.  Tours are offered in
the afternoon or you can lounge on the boat.  Transportation arrangements
are made for you back to the airport on Saturday.
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