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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Belize

Aggressor Fleet, Mar, 2014,

by Shawn McDermott, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 7652.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Aggressor II was my first ever live-aboard. Cabins were cramped (I was a latecomer and had the bow cabin, but regular cabins not much roomier). Terrific staff and very good food. Great dive services. First night crossing was rough--I heard every slap of the water up front there starting around 0330. There was a problem with the heads. I don't get seasick, but the sewer stink almost made me toss my cookies. It got fixed, but a bad opener. The first two days of diving were pretty lousy, water was cold, bad visibility, no color in the water, not much in the way of fish. I came to shoot hi-def video--disappointing to say the least. The diving did get better but in no way did it compare to my old fave Cozumel. We were fortunate not to have to go to the Blue Hole because of weather. I am not interested in going, it looks great in the helicopter shot, but even back in my Jamaica days 35 years ago we knew that it was a bogus dive. These live-aboards are for folks who can only devote a week to diving and want to get a maximum number of dives in. I did 16 dives in 4-1/2 days and it was more strenuous than what I've been used to in Cozumel, where I did 152 dives in 2013. For the same bucks (including airfare) I can spend 4 weeks in Cozumel and do twice as many dives--at my leisure. A couple of things to know about this trip: 1. An overnight at the hotel is $215. Fly in day of sailing if possible to avoid this ripoff charge. 2. Bring much more money than you think you need. The crew works for tips, Friday return dinner is not included, and the Friday afternoon land excursions (very $$$) are not included. 3. Belize City is a slum. Not wise to be anywhere on the streets after dark. The airport is filthy, has only 6 gates, is not air-conditioned, and does not have enough seats for travelers 4. Beer and very good red and white wine is included--BYO Glenmorangie 5. At the end of the dive, don't rush the ladder! You might bubble if you do!
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, Cozumel, Jamaica, Bahamas, Curacao, Costa Rica, San Salvador, Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent, Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 76-79°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25-80 Ft/ 8-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No diving after drinking, minimum 60 minutes between dives (90 preferred)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Freshwater dunk tank and recharging station on the dive deck. Was asked to remove camera from dunk tank during crossings (which were rough) to prevent being banged up in the dunk tank--thanks guys!
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