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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in

Aggressor Fleet: "Belize Aggressor III, Dec 2014", Dec, 2014,

by Carol D Cox, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8117.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Red Sea, Guam, Palau, Truk, Florida, Roatan, Cozumel
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There Direct flight on Delta via Atlanta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return to boat with 500 psi. Have a buddy. No time limit most of the time.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments We had a large camera table on the dive deck. The top level was for cameras only, and the second level was the charging station. They had a number of charging ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This was our first Aggressor liveaboard in a long time; our trip was in early December. Although the weather wasn’t the best, the trip was a great success due to the captain and crew, and the variety of life on the reefs we visited.

Our first impression of Belize in the airport was not the greatest. One of the Customs workers asked us if we were on the dive boat, and then pointed out a porter and said “he’s your guy”. We loaded up our bags only to walk a few feet out the door and meet our “real” member of the Aggressor crew, complete with an Aggressor/Sun Dancer logo on her shirt and a sign in hand. It was the classic rip-off to get porter tips although the service was not needed for the few feet to our van. But according to a sign posted outside, we were required by law to pay $1 for each piece of luggage that had been loaded by the porter. Future travelers beware!

We were in good hands once on the van and underway to our dive boat. It was a short ride through Belize City to the pier, where the crew took over and loaded all our bags on board, somehow separating the Aggressor bags from the Sun Dancer bags. We were given a quick orientation and then allowed to set up our gear and check out our rooms.

Our captain, Jay, decided we would be more comfortable if we stayed at the pier overnight and headed over to the atolls early in the morning. All through the trip, Captain Jay’s good judgment insured we never missed a dive or a chance to visit the Booby colony on Half Moon Caye. We had some rain and wind at times, but Captain Jay always managed to safely work our schedule around it.

We found our fellow passengers to be an entertaining group of international divers, travelling from Germany, Canada, Great Britain, France, and the U ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By pjbernstin , at Feb 04, 2015 09:11 EST  
Very good report and I enjoyed looking at your shots-what camera/lens were you using? peter bernstein
By report author: Carol D Cox in FL, US at Feb 04, 2015 10:16 EST  
Hi! I'm glad you enjoyed my Undercurrent report on Belize and the photos on my website. I am using a compact setup-- Canon G15 in an Ikelite housing with a single DS161 strobe. I also use the strobe as a focus light since it has a video light mode. Also, I have a Subsea +10 and +5 macro lenses for the really small stuff like the arrow blenny. I like this setup because I can get shots of divers when the water is clear, but can also do close-up and macro. My macro lenses are on an adapter that quickly flip into place when I want to use them, also from Subsea.
By oceandiverin , at Apr 25, 2015 20:15 EST  
Liked your report. We just finished a trip with a stay at Itza resort on Long Caye. I had finished a report with listing lots of fish and lost it as I tried to add a few more things. My report now is shorter. Loved the diving! Glad to see you feel the same way about Blue Hole diving. You were there during lobster season. Did you get to eat any? We saw the Aggressor several times while there. Our dive boat was much smaller!
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