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Dive Review of Belize Aggressor in
Belize

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Phil Hampton, FL, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4142
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Over 20 Carribean live-aboards, and 25 visits to Bonaire.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were asked to always buddy dive and not to exceed 130 feet.  The buddy
rule was broken without comment, but our group was very experienced divers  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Good rinse tank and camera table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
I have been on over 20 live-aboards. This trip we were a group of 10 with
ages ranging from 50 to 83, all very experienced divers.  The diving was
great, the crew exceptional and very helpful.  They paid attention to
dietary requirements of 2 of our group, and cheerfully gave assistance to a
couple of us with bad backs. We spent most of the week on lighthouse reef.
We saw all the usual tropical fish,a number of turtles and eagle rays. We
had good weather and calm seas except for the last day when the first
tropical storm resulted in mild wind and lots of rain.  I always worry
about being able to dry the gear before flying out, but this is the first
time it occurred.

The only negative was that over two-thirds of our group of 10 and the 7
other passengers suffered intestinal problems.  The youngest [50] and best
conditioned of our group, who had never missed a single dive on three prior
live-aboard trips, missed 4 dives.  My wife missed 5 dives.  I didn't miss
any dives, but was very uncomfortable for 2 days.

Payment for stay charges including fuel surcharge, port charge and tip cn
be accomplished by credit card.  However, there is a significant cost for
this ease of payment.  My stay charge was $820.  The Aggressor converts
that to $1640 Belize dollars.  Citicard thru some process using a different
conversion than Interbank converts that to $837, a $17 overcharge. 
Citicard further adds a 3% Foriegn Transaction Fee which was $25.  Thus it
cost me $42 to pay stay charges with a credit card.  The Aggressor states
that most credit card companies will remove these superfluous charges with
a phone call.  However that was not true for Citicard.  Next trip I'll take
cash, unless the site will accept Discover Card.

Phil Hampton   Orlando  Florida  
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