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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Belize Aggressor III in
Belize

Aggressor Fleet/Belize Aggressor III: "Better than Expected Diving on the Belize Aggressor III", Oct, 2021,

by Mark Weber, CT, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 11745 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was only our second trip to Belize in ten years and we repeated on the Belize Aggressor III where we were welcomed by engineer / dive master Fermin who we remembered from our prior trip. The diving was better than we expected with sharks and Nassau groupers accompanying divers on most dives, as well as a few eagle rays, massive Barracuda, free swimming morays and a lobster hotel, etc. We particularly liked the topography of the diving on and near Half Moon Caye where you can dive both the wall, the reef and the sand shallows each a few times over the course of a single dive.

The boat has aged fairly well and was comfortable for the ten divers and one snorkeler onboard. The staterooms are very small for two divers, as on many Aggressors, so remember to pack as lightly as possible so you can fit in one drawer in the stateroom. The dive deck on the BAIII is quite well laid out and spacious even if the boat were more fully occupied. Plenty of space and charging on the camera table and enough charging in the camera closet when rain forced the charging indoors.

We did have a mechanical issue with the throttle on the departure day and Aggressor arranged a free cave/river float excursion for those that wanted to join. The check out dive later that day ended up being a late dusk/night dive.

Weather in early October was mixed with high wind and several cold, rainy days. This limited the number of dive sites we could get to, so we repeated several days on Half Moon Caye sites which we were happy to do as we really enjoyed these. Visibility was reasonably good except on the most wind exposed sites and it was dark on cloudy days.

One unusual experience on this trip was that the boat broke free of its mooring during one of our dives. The captain for the week, Ken, was in the water with a student, so it was up to Anna the chef and Fermin to pilot the boat while the captain was being retrieved for a pick up of the divers. In a very professional manner, dive masters Shaun and Andres kept the group together and through a light-hearted demeanor, calm while we waited twenty minutes for the pick up.

Travel to Belize is easy and requires vaccination, pre-arrival PCR or antigen test and end of the trip Covid testing arranged on board. Masks are mandatory pre-boarding and there is a 9:00 pm curfew in Belize City. The airport is now well air-conditioned and efficient moving arrivals and baggage. The boat meets the arriving flights for direct transport to the Fort George hotel and dock for boarding.

Overall, we were pleased with the BAIII. It is not luxurious, but it is comfortable and all the crew were warm, gracious and helpful. The diving on the Lighthouse Atoll compared favorably with our more recent Caribbean trips to Bonaire, Cayman, Cozumel etc. It will be higher on our nearby destination list in the next ten years than in the past ten.
Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Solomon, Fiji, Truk, Sipidan, Palau, Sea of Cortez, Soccoro, Red Sea, Cayman, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Belize
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There easy flights through Atlanta, Houston and other.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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