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Dive Review of Belize Aggressor III/N/A in
Belize/Turneffe and Lighthouse

Belize Aggressor III/N/A: "BELIZE AGGRESSOR III REVIEW", Jul, 2023,

by NEAL LANGERMAN, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 12512.

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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
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Comments The Belize Aggressor III is one of a pair of liveaboard boats operating from Belize City. They dive sites around Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef, including The Great Blue Hole. The diving at both these atolls is excellent, with every site offering a wide variety of corals, fish, and invertebrates. Sharks, stingrays, and eagle rays are common along walls. The Aggressor III has a maximum dive depth of 110 feet (37 meters), except for The Great Blue Hole dive, for which 140 foot (45 meters) excursions were common. Nitrox at 31-32% was used for all dives, except The Great Blue Hole, for which tanks were filled with a 23-25% mix. A “return to the boat with 500 psi” rule was used and generally respected. The water was a comfortable 83-84oF (28.5-29.5oC), but a 2-3mm wetsuit helped with the chill of 20 – 24 dives over the 5-1/2 days of diving.

The two atolls are near the middle of the Mesoamerican Reef. Their rich flora and fauna make them distinct from the southern end of the reef around Roatan and the current-swept northern end off Cozumel. Exploring the entire Mesoamerican Reef requires diving in all three regions.

All dives from the Aggressor III were from the boat and were “out and back” dives. A crew member was in the water and swam a circuitous route usually along a wall at around 80 feet (23 meters) for 25-30 minutes and then meandering back to the boat in 25-35 foot (8 -12 meters) for a total dive time of 45-60 minutes. The crew was clear that they were not your guides or buddies. They dove with cameras and clearly were interested in shooting, not your dive profile or status. I made it clear that I would focus on my photography, not navigation and I would rely on them to g ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Belize Aggressor III   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All of continental USA; Caribbean, Gulf, Sea of Cortez, Eastern & Western Pacific & more
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There Easy connections from most major hubs in US and EU

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 28-30°C / 82-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-50 M / 98-164 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return with >500 psi; maximum depth 110 feet (33.5 meters)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 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 See review. Camera table excellent; Crew handling of cameras very good. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Diane Nash in VA, US at Aug 18, 2023 22:19 EST  
I agree with Mr. Langerman about the maintenance not being addressed enough. We were on Aggressor IV when they lost the compressors and we lost 4 dives. But we commend our crew for the hard work of taking tanks back and forth between the two boats to fill the tanks. We appreciated Aggressor III for making it possible for us to dive.
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