Belize is home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, ancient Mayan Ruins, spectacular rivers, rainforests and wildlife. It has three of the only four true coral atolls found in the hemisphere. The marine life that inhabits the barrier reef is extraordinary and diverse.
It includes everything from schools of tarpon, turtles and stingrays to a wide variety of tropical species, and of course, the famous Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is a collapsed freshwater cave system that is approximately 1000 feet across and over 400 feet deep. It was made world famous by ocean pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Throughout the week you will dive at Turneffe and Lighthouse Reef. Sheer walls like Painted Wall, Half Moon Caye Wall and Quebrada are adorned with huge crimson gorgonians and wandering, lilac rope sponges. Weather permitting; divers explore the mystical Blue Hole, a collapsed freshwater cave system. With all dives from the mother ship, five dives a day are the norm. Diving begins Sunday morning and ends Friday before lunch when the
yachts return to port. The crew hosts a sunset cocktail party at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner ashore. Saturday morning at 8:00 am, guests are transferred to the Belize Airport or a local hotel. Throughout the week there will be opportunities to go ashore for swimming, snorkeling and beach combing.
Visitors must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your period of stay, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket to travel to Belize. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper documentation to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country.
ARRIVAL (Saturday to Saturday)
The Belize AggressorIII and Sun Dancer II operate out of Belize City, Central America. Guests arriving in Belize on Saturday are greeted at the airport by a crewmember in uniform or a Discovery Expeditions agent who will have a “Belize Aggressor III” sign. Our agent cannot enter Customs but will be just outside the door. Baggage handlers may aggressively offer to help with your luggage those few feet for a mandated per bag fee. Guests will be transported in an air-conditioned van to the yacht. If
Languages spoken: English
Facilities and services: Nitrox
Free cancellation if cancellation is made 90 days before depart date, prepayment if any will be returned.
5% for 4 or more guests
10% for 6 or more guests
15% for 8 or more guests
20% for 10 or more guests
25% for 15 or more guests
30% for 20 or more guests
Belize Aggressor III description
Belize Aggressor III basic informations
The belize aggressor comfortably accommodates 18 divers in 9 double or twin en-suite cabins, each with its own tv and dvd player. boat facilities include a saloon with full entertainment system, and a sundeck with hot tub jacuzzi and wet bar. beer and wine are free of charge onboard.
boat technical data
Lenght: 34 m
Width: 7 m
Cruising speed: 10 knots
Boat features and services
Air conditioned saloon
240V/110V recharge facilities
Food & Drinks
Selection of wines
Boat navigation and safety
E.P.I.R.B. distress system
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Deluxe Twin Cabin
Deluxe Twin Cabin
You can stay in cabin by yourself (surcharge 0%)
Cabin facilities/amenties: Shared bathroom, Fan, Slippers, Free toiletries, Wardrobe/closet, Flat-screen TV, Without sea view, Jjgkgkg, Zuiuzuiz and Uizuzuizu.
The large swim through is frequently inhabited by thousands of silver sides, and the vertical wall starts in only 35’ of water. Lots of big black groupers collect under the boat, as do the ubiquitous school of horse-eyed jacks, yellow tailed snappers, and Creole wrasses.
A tall reef buttress rises straight up from the whitest powder sand to within 30’-35’ of the surface and is honeycombed with caves and cuts. This vertical wall is covered with huge yellow tube sponges, black coral trees and monster barrel sponges projecting from the many small ledges. The sand areas are rich in garden eels, midnight parrot fish, razor fish and southern stingrays. Tarpon patrol the inside edge of the reef. This dive site features several tunnels and chimneys in which tarpon and grouper like to hide.
Marked by tunnels and grooves which slope down toward the open water, several different species of grouper and snapper can be seen in the tunnels. Just off the wall, one can spot eagle rays, sharks and turtles.
Colorful formations resembling cathedral steeples with sandy cuts in between signify this site. This site is home to many black groupers and jacks, as well as three species of angel fish, scorpion fish, several varieties of eels and silver sides. Spanish dancers are sometimes sighted on the night dives.
The visibility at these sites is highly dependent upon winds and tides, but the labyrinth of reef buttresses makes this site great even when visibility is down. The walls are very vertical and start in only 20’ - 25’ of water. Loads of black coral and deep water gorgonians abound, as do giant barrel sponges and red finger sponges. You are likely to see mangrove tunicates here. The shallow sandy area is alive with garden eels, peacock flounders, and southern stingrays. In the sandy areas, blue throated pike blennies can be found.
There are many clusters of small painted tunicates, within the depths of 40 - 70’. These walls have shallows inhabited by species of parrot fish, black durgeon, queen trigger fish, and many more. The sheer walls begin around 25’ and are overhung in many places with black coral trees and rope sponges covered with light bulb tunicates.
Located on the east side of Long Caye, the shallows grow large mounds of lettuce leaf coral that projects towards the depths. In the shallows are elk horn corals inhabited by numerous species of juvenile fish.
Named for a cut in the reef (the wall and shallows), this is an extremely sheer and active stretch of wall. Because it projects out into the current, the extra flow of plankton around it supports an incredibly rich diversity of marine animals. Green moray eels, spotted drum, lobster, crabs, and tarpon on the night dives.
Weather Permitting, the BELIZE AGGRESSOR III™anchors just off the caye. Guests are shuttled to the island and enjoy a relaxing walk along the beach to the bird sanctuary. Here you can observe red footed booby birds and frigate birds from observation deck built at the canopy level. Located on the east end of the island is an historic light house built in 1848, which by the way is the lighthouse for which the atoll is named. The guests may have the opportunity to snorkel with several nurse sharks around the docks of this tropical island.
A sheer drop-off begins around 30’, with an abundance of fish life at the top. About 40’-60’ deep along the wall are large baffel sponges, giant deep water sea fans, and the richest collection of deep water gorgonians almost anywhere in the world. Giant elephant ear sponges, yellow tube sponges and azure vase sponges make this a very colorful area. Comical groupings of spotted truck fish are often seen on top of the wall, and the very corner of this reef is a very good place to see reef sharks, big black groupers, swirling schools of horse eyed jacks and hawksbill or green sea turtles.
Named for a protruding ridge of reefs and numerous swim throughs with grooves which cut the wall running directly to the open sea. Interesting soft corals and sponges are abundant here, and many eels are found here, as well.
The world’s largest blue hole, it was made famous by Jacques Cousteau in the 1970’s. The first shelf of this collapsed underground cavern begins at 110’. Here stalactites descend from the ceiling. A healthy reef exists around the edge of the blue hole and is home to an abundance of juvenile sea life, as well as schools of parrot fish, squid, flaming scallops and several varieties of angel fish. These shallows are great for diving or snorkeling.