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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Belize

Aggressor Fleet, Aug, 2013,

by Michael J Sare, NM, US ( 2 reports). Report 7087.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Belize Aggressor 03-10 August 2013

This was my first Aggressor Live-aboard dive trip and it won't be my last! Captain Jay and crew: Fermin, Chris, Juan, Anna, and Randy were top notch: polite, personable, attentive to diver needs, thorough, safe, and fun. We were met outside at the Belize airport just after immigration and customs by crew members who put us and our dive gear in vans for the short ride to the boat. There were a total of 16 divers on the Belize Aggressor on this trip, a real international crowd ranging from South Africa, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and the USA.

On the spacious dive deck, we were each assigned stations which featured a tank holder, hanging area with hangers for wet suits, and wet locker for gear. Once a diver rigged the BCD, the tank stayed rigged and fills, either Nitrox or air, were done in place. The camera table is also spacious and has "dry area" shelves. Due to the depths and number of repetitive dives, I chose Nitrox (most, if not all, divers used Nitrox). Mix ran between 30% - 31% O2 and the analyzer was readily available. The dive routine was 2 a.m. dives, lunch, 2 p.m. dives, dinner, and the night dive. A total of 26 dives were made available; I passed on diving the Blue Hole (been there done that) and one other for a total of 24 logged dives for me. On Friday, the last day of diving, Captain Jay and crew got us in the water before breakfast so we could get two final dives in, adhere to the 24-hour no fly rule, and make our Saturday scheduled flights. (Read this as: "Eat, Sleep; DIVE!)

Water temps ran a fairly constant 84 deg F. Weather was good; some rain squalls passed through early in the trip, but that did not disrupt the dive schedule. Separate rinse tanks for wetsuits, camera gear, and masks/defog are located just before the ladder off the dive deck to the entry platform. Two hot showers with soap dispensers were available on the dive platform to rinse off and towels were readily available. (I took most of my showers on the dive platform).

Besides a ton of beautiful "aquarium fish," we saw spotted eagle rays, turtles, octopus, stingrays, barracuda, large groupers, crabs, conch, lobsters and macro: a pipe seahorse, banded coral shrimp, nudibranch, and crabs, to name a few. When a pod of dolphins headed our way during a dive interval, many divers jumped in with snorkel gear for dolphin encounters, some as close as 3 feet!

Accommodations were decent, clean, and air conditioned; each had a head/shower. I was diving single and my roommate, John, was a considerate companion and dive buddy who introduced me to taking underwater videos. Meals were very good, varied, and filling. Chef Anna prepared everything from filet mignon to BBQ "cheeseburgers in paradise."

My only "lesson learned" was "don't overpack." T-shirts and 3 bathing suits (so you can rotate dry ones) is all you really need.

If you are looking to maximize your diving, in experience as well as in comfort, the Belize Aggressor is the boat for you. "I'll be back!" :-)
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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
UW Photo Comments [None]
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