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Dive Review of Belize Aggressor in
Belize

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Fred Swerdlin, Texas, usa
Report Number 433
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, St. Lucia' Roatan Honduras' Cozumel Mexico (3 times), Kona
Aggressor Hawaii, 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Since I do not feel comfortable diving more than 110 feet, I stayed Maximum
depth of 90 Feet the entire dive trip.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Belize Aggressor III 08 FEB thru 15 FEB 2003

We arrived without incident and on time in Belize at about 4:00 PM on
Saturday.  We were picked up and taken to the boat with our luggage.  It
appears that the principle Group Charter, of 16 persons luggage, on an
earlier Continental flight did not arrive, 25 pieces total, and would not
arrive for another 24 hours.  
 
Although, we were asked, the Captain decided that the B/A III would stay in
port for another 24 hours until the luggage did arrive.  The Charter Group
Trip Leader did not want to use borrowed equipment for any of the dives and
especially the dive computers.  Since we would be 4 hours to the dive site,
if we had elected to leave on-time, to transit 25 pieces of luggage to the
B/A III would have meant we would have to leave and go back to port and
pick up the luggage ourselves, if arrangements could not be made for
Continental Air Lines to deliver the luggage.

When we finally did leave port, there were some problems on the way with
the steering and exhaust manifold that allowed exhaust to enter the
passenger passageway, setting off the smoke detectors.

We finally arrived at the dive site, but the Captain did not want our first
dive to be a night dive, so we had to wait until morning, before we could
take our first dive.  After our 2nd dive, the O2 meter broke and the crew
had to obtain a spare from another dive boat that was in the area for the
rest of the trip.

The dive sites diving, accommodations, and the diving was great, as they
were on the Kona Aggressor.  The food was great and plenty of it, and the
crew worked well together, although there seem to some conflict between the
Captain and crew.

Tuesday morning after our first dive, the hot water heater broke, and could
not be repaired.  So for the rest of the trip, we had to make do without
hot water.  The crew responded with an innovation by heating up some hot
water in the galley coffee maker, and placing it in a 5 gallon plastic jug,
punching holes in it and pouring it on people while they were showering on
the dive deck with the cold water running, kudos for the crew.  

Wednesday, we were supposed to transit to the Blue Hole, with a checkout
deep dive Tuesday.  The trip was called off for Wednesday because the
visibility was not good.  From my 6.5 years of sea duty on cruisers &
destroyers in the US Navy, it appeared to me that visibility was at least 5
 8 miles.

So we were treated to a sunrise dive Thursday morning that we also had on
the K/A II in Hawaii.  It was great watching the night critters go into
hiding and the day critters adventuring out for the new day.  Friday, our
final 2 dives started at 5:30 AM, then we had breakfast and back into the
water and out by 8:30 AM, then the 4 hour transit back to port.

Upon our arrival, they immediately went about preparing for the next weeks
trip.  The hot water heater was changed out in about 3 hours, and we had
hot water once again by 5:30 PM in time for our dinner on shore.  But
Saturday morning, getting ready to leave the boat, the hot water had been
secured, unknown to us, and we had to take cold showers before departing
the boat.

Some other comparisons follow: The K/A had ice machines & soda wand on
both the dive deck and the sun deck, but the B/A had them only on the sun
deck, but the B/A crew did provide ice at the meals on the main deck in the
dining area.  The menu board on the K/A identified where & what was for
dinner hours before the meal, but on the B/A only identified what.  We were
not greeted at the Baggage claim area by anyone who had Aggressor
identification on him or her, only afterwards outside the baggage area
there was someone from the crew greeted us, but the K/A crew greeted us at
the baggage claim area.  The hot tub & the selection of VHS Tapes on
the B/A were much better than the K/A.  The dive briefings on the B/A were
much more detailed and colorful than the K/A.  The shower in my berthing
compartment #1 was made for someone less than 6, but I had no problem on
the K/A being 62.  The Kona Agressor was Great in every detail.

It is surprising the difficulties this boat had since returning from a yard
period in Louisiana less than 6 months earlier.  Further, I had attempted
calling Aggressor at least 5 times to talk with management over the last 4
weeks, but ended up talking with the Agent that I booked my trip with and
using e-mail once to attempt to communicate with management.  After 4
weeks, a voucher came in the mail for a 10% discount on another Aggressor
trip for the both of us.  We lost a full days of diving for my wife &
me, 18% of the diving, the ½ days diving Friday morning was much
too early for us, and so we sat them out.

I sent a response to the Management by mail for the discount on a future
trip, wanting to discuss the problems on this past trip and received a
response by email 3/26 that someone would get back in-touch with me after
4/1/03, but here it is 4/15/03 and no contact.

This Belize trip, although was quite satisfying, I would not want to do it
again.  And traveling the Aggressor Fleet, gives me pause to consider: what
if the KONA Aggressor was a fluke?
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