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Dive Review of Aggressor in

Aggressor, Jan, 2008,

by Bradley Bowen, UT, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 3881.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments English is the official language of Belize and is widely spoken, even in outlying areas. Spanish and Mayan also are spoken in small towns and outlying areas. Tap water is potable in Belize City. Aggressor representatives were waiting for us at the airport. We waited for passengers from another flight to arrive and after about an hour headed for the Aggressor. It was very hot with high humidity, and several of us were in the mood for an ice cream, which was not available at the airport. Just asking where we could get an ice cream at the airport resulted in the crew stopping at a supermarket where everyone was able to buy a few forgotten items and some snacks. Very accommodating crew and fabulous service throughout the entire week. Weather was hot and sunny upon arrival with temps in the high 80's and low 90's, but overcast and rainy by the next day. Weather alternated between hot and sunny or stormy all week long, often having both weather conditions the same day. Visibility on the reefs was great when it was calm and sunny, much poorer during storms due to sand being stirred up by the wave action. We were pleased to see that where possible the Aggressor had established new mooring sites a short distance from the reef over sand. We found most dive sites and the surrounding reef in excellent condition about a five minute swim from the boat mooring. Large schools of jack and snapper congregated beneath the boat to feed on lunch leftovers. During the week we saw typical caribbean fish, eels, several turtles, several spotted eagle rays and a pod of dolphins which came close to the boat. No sharks. Water temps were in the mid to high 70's. We were comfortable wearing polarfleece lined dive skins with polarfleece hoods on most dives. The Blue Hole is colder, as are night dives when the wind is blowing, and we donned our 3 mil wetsuits. Most other divers wore 3 or 5 mil wetsuits for all dives. Yogurt, bread and cold cereal available early. Hot breakfast with fresh fruit and juice later. Hot snack after the first dive such as muffins or fresh baked cookies. Lunch after the second dive. Dive deck closed during lunch until 2 pm. Hot snack such as buffalo wings or nachos after third dive. Dinner after fourth dive. Night dive after dinner with hot chocolate after the dive. About half of the lunches and dinners served buffet style. Good breakfast, very good homemade soups for lunch and dinner. Entrees were ok. Cookies and chips available 24/7. Service was outstanding. A request to dive when the dive deck was closed was honored. All crew pitched in to help each other and worked as a team to create a friendly atmosphere and help where it was needed. It was a great vacation for everyone, with many of the divers having been on this trip multiple times. We did the zip line through the canopy and cave tubing at Jaguar Paw Resort Friday afternoon, and the trip to the Mayan ruins Saturday morning before catching our flight home. The cave tubing trip was a lot of fun but too short for us. I would book a longer trip next time--although it was great fun to do BOTH the cave tubing and the zip line the same afternoon. The zip line tour was fabulous and had many more safety features than the Park City, Utah zip line. The Mayan ruins also were enjoyable.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Palau, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Roatan Honduras, Kona HI, Monterrey CA, Catalina Island CA, Coronado Islands CA, Turks & Caicos Islands, Florida Keys, New Providence Island Bahamas, Exumas Islands Bahamas, Komodo and Satonda Islands, Indonesia.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 74-79°F / 23-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 0-0 Ft/ 0-0 M

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dedicated table for photographers with three levels. Charging stations just below camera table with room for storage on a shelf below that one. Table was full, but there was enough room for everyone.
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