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Dive Review of Belize Aggressor in
Belize

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Renter, CO, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4885
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Hawaii, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No diving after alcohol  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Fairly large photo table with dry area for battery charging
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
Belize City itself appeared to be a canker on the behind of the Caribbean. 
Two other divers were accosted by beggars inside the "tourist
area".  The weather for the week was windy and cloudy, which caused my
small group to freeze while attending to our gear after diving.  

The first night's ride from Belize City out to the week's dive areas was
pretty rough, complicated by a struggling A/C in our room.  We had the
upper deck cabin (well worth the price), where the rooms and boat were
comparable to other live-aboards we've taken.  Having said that, we did
have some insects in our room.  The Nitrox fills averaged a bit low
(28-30%) but it wasn't really a problem.

The reefs have decent life on them, but the hard corals are showing signs
of pressure; many were covered with algae and several were showing signs of
disease.  Overall, the diving was good but not great.  Most of the diving
was done off Lighthouse Reef and Long Caye.  The last site of the trip on
Turneffe was terrible; dead coral, little fish life, and a feeling of rough
use caused me to skip the last dive of the trip.  

The crew was outstanding!  Captains Marc and Jay made the trip.  Dive pro
Nadia was quite helpful and pleasant, while the cook and the steward were
pleasant, but not overly friendly.  The food was varied, and vegetarian
options were (as I saw it) accommodated easily and without attitude.

We did have a great time, but we won't be returning to Belize.  If either
Captain moves to a different boat, we would make a point of following them.
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