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Dive Review of Belize Aggressor in
Belize

Belize Aggressor, May, 2008,

by Phil Hampton, FL, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4142.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Over 20 Carribean live-aboards, and 25 visits to Bonaire.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We were asked to always buddy dive and not to exceed 130 feet. The buddy rule was broken without comment, but our group was very experienced divers
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good rinse tank and camera table.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I have been on over 20 live-aboards. This trip we were a group of 10 with ages ranging from 50 to 83, all very experienced divers. The diving was great, the crew exceptional and very helpful. They paid attention to dietary requirements of 2 of our group, and cheerfully gave assistance to a couple of us with bad backs. We spent most of the week on lighthouse reef. We saw all the usual tropical fish,a number of turtles and eagle rays. We had good weather and calm seas except for the last day when the first tropical storm resulted in mild wind and lots of rain. I always worry about being able to dry the gear before flying out, but this is the first time it occurred.

The only negative was that over two-thirds of our group of 10 and the 7 other passengers suffered intestinal problems. The youngest [50] and best conditioned of our group, who had never missed a single dive on three prior live-aboard trips, missed 4 dives. My wife missed 5 dives. I didn't miss any dives, but was very uncomfortable for 2 days.

Payment for stay charges including fuel surcharge, port charge and tip cn be accomplished by credit card. However, there is a significant cost for this ease of payment. My stay charge was $820. The Aggressor converts that to $1640 Belize dollars. Citicard thru some process using a different conversion than Interbank converts that to $837, a $17 overcharge. Citicard further adds a 3% Foriegn Transaction Fee which was $25. Thus it cost me $42 to pay stay charges with a credit card. The Aggressor states that most credit card companies will remove these superfluous charges with a phone call. However that was not true for Citicard. Next trip I'll take cash, unless the site will accept Discover Card.

Phil Hampton Orlando Florida
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