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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Belize Aggressor IV in
Belize

Aggressor Fleet/Belize Aggressor IV: "Aggressor IV: A Great First Liveaboard Experience", Apr, 2017,

by Ryan Black, MI, US ( 2 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9585 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Maui, Kona, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan, Little Cayman
Closest Airport BZE Getting There DTW-ATL, easy peasy on Delta.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nothing enforced (see below).
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 There was a dedicated rinse tank for cameras and a multi-level carpeted table for gear. This setup is on both sides of the boat, so you're ... 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 4 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 Belize Aggressor IV (BAIV) has been reviewed by a number of people before myself. The existing literature on BAIV is quite thorough, so I recommend hoofing over to ScubaBoard and reading the reviews of both drrich2 from May 2015 and also Lavalamp from December 2016.

By way of context, this was my wife and my first liveaboard experience. We started diving seriously in December 2015 and have thus far done Kona, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Little Cayman, and, most recently, two blissful weeks in Bonaire. We booked the trip in early 2017 with a $500/person discount promotion.

Boat/Crew

A number of reports sing praise for Captain Eddy. He apparently is from Honduras and will be taking over at the helm for the Roatan Aggressor that will start sailing in early June 2017. (Though I just glanced at the Aggressor-provided logs and saw that Eddy captained the May 6 cruise) We had Lowell ORourke as our captain. Dive guide duty was divided among Lowell and Monique, John, and William. Jerry had chef duties and was assisted by Jean. Elia was the steward.

As for the ship, take a look at drrich2s great review (on ScubaBoard), which provides a wonderful photo tour of the ship. His photos are still accurate as of April 2017, though I think the carpet in the dining room/salon area has been refreshed. Bathrooms are small, but we only ended up using the in-room shower once -- the morning that we left the boat. All of our other showers took place at the stern, which has one very warm shower on each side (along with big jugs of shampoo and conditioner).

One thing that might be helpful to know is the storage situation in your room. There are two bedside stands in each room with a couple of drawers. The beds also have a single floor-level pullout drawer. There is a cutout at the foot end of the bed for stashing a duffle or something like that. There is a cabinet over the bed but this is difficult to access if youve got the room ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at May 19, 2017 16:15 EST  
Hi Ryan. I submitted a report, too. I was one of the solo divers, but not by choice. Never could find the DM again after the first 10 or 15 minutes, so I tried to stay close to a buddy team. I usually stick with the DM rather than depend on the luck of the draw on buddies, but this wasn't possible on this trip.
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