Belize Aggressor III

In October 1997, the 18-passenger Belize Aggressor III ushered in a new era for Caribbean dive yachts. Spacious staterooms with en suite baths, TV/VCRs and individual climate controls are just a few of the personal amenities this floating dive resort offers. Every week this 120-foot yacht speeds 30-60 miles offshore, far out of day operators' reach, exploring the world's second largest barrier reef.

If you arrive on Saturday, a crew member will greet you at the Belize City airport and drive you to the boat. Guests may board the Belize Aggressor III Saturday afternoon after 2:00 p.m., then unpack, relax and enjoy a delicious dinner served by the onboard chef. Sunday morning the Aggressor moves to the first of many excellent dives sites. Divers are awakened by the smells of coffee and a home-cooked breakfast. After a dive briefing, the pool is open-no boat rides, no hassles.

Throughout the week, the Belize Aggressor III explores the reefs and walls along Turneffe Islands, Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole. Some of the marine life divers may encounter include eagle rays, nurse sharks, grouper, stingrays, eels and tarpon-especially on the night dives. You may want to capture some of Belize's colorful sponges, gorgonian or macro critters on film with one of the onboard rental cameras. There is a full line of rental camera equipment and dive gear available throughout the week, as well as certification and specialty courses. With the on board E-6 photo lab, divers may view their slides just hours after they were shot. Weather permitting, guests are shuttled ashore to Half Moon Caye for a walk on the beach and a hike through the bird sanctuary.

Friday afternoon, the Belize Aggressor III returns to Belize City. Guests may take a tour of the Belize Zoo, explore Mayan ruins or just relax onboard until the evening cocktail party hosted by the crew. (The tours are not included in the charter price.) After the party, everyone will dine at a local restaurant. This is the only meal not included in the charter. Check-out is 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. If you are flying out Saturday morning, the crew will arrange your transportation to the Belize City airport.

The Vessel

The Belize Aggressor III is a 120-foot, all aluminum yacht built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is diesel-powered, cruises at 15 knots and has 110-volt power on board. Accommodations include 9 double staterooms, 7 of which have a double and single berths and one cabin (Cabin #1) with 2 single berths. All staterooms, except Cabin #9, are located on lower level. Cabin #9, or the "Honeymoon Suite," is on the upper level and it has one double bed. All staterooms offer private heads and showers, individual climate controls and TV/VCRs.

The dive deck, salon, galley and dining room are on the main level. The air-conditioned salon is attractively furnished and designed for comfort and relaxation. It includes an entertainment center with TV, VCR and stereo with compact disc player. A slide projector, screen and built-in light table make slide view easy. Meals are prepared by a trained chef and served on the buffet counter in the galley. The dining room is in the bow of the boat. There is a TV and VCR so guests may watch a movie or video while they dine.

Exiting the salon and traveling toward the stern of the boat, guests enter the large dive deck. This is the area where divers suit up and prepare their gear. Each diver has his own personal dive station complete with seat and locker. All tanks are filled in place with either air or nitrox. There are several 80-cubic-foot cylinders on board and two 60-cubic-foot cylinders. After donning their gear, divers take a few steps down the ladders to the dive platform. Entries are made easily with a giant stride and exiting is simple with the aid of two ladders extending underwater. Two freshwater rinse showers and a fin rack are conveniently located on the dive platform. A dive briefing area, three-tiered camera table with low-pressure air hoses, camera rinse tank, head and E-6 photo lab are all part of the roomy dive deck.

A few steps up from the dive deck is everyone's favorite spot, the sun deck. This partially shaded deck features a wet bar, gas grill, hot tub, chaise lounges and deck chairs. Lunches and between-dive snacks are often served on the sun deck. But, there's even more to the Belize Aggressor III! A stairway near the wet bar leads to the fourth level, the fly bridge. Guests may sun bath up here or just relax and take in the beautiful panoramic view.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the charter?

Accommodations aboard the vessel, diving, compressed air tanks, weights and weight belts, airport transfers on day of arrival and departure, meals and snacks, non-alcoholic and local alcoholic beverages are include in the charter rate.

How many days is the charter and how many dives can I make?

The Belize Aggressor III charter is seven days, Saturday afternoon to Saturday morning with five and one-half days of diving. Most guests make up to 5 dives a day. Diving begins on Sunday morning and finishes about midday on Friday when we return to the dock.

When should I arrive in Belize City?

You should plan to arrive in Belize City on the day of your charter, Saturday.

Are there any taxes or fees not included in the charter price?

Yes, each guest must pay a $45.00 US port fee which includes the Government cruising tax, the Half Moon Caye park fee and the recompression chamber fee. The port fee is collected at the end of the week when you settle your tab. A departure tax of $20.00 US will be collected at the airport. *These fees are levied by the Belize Government and are subject to change without notice.*

Do I need a passport?

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport for entry into Belize. Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. visa for traversing the United States via Miami, New Orleans or Houston.

How do I meet the Belize Aggressor III on the day of departure?

If you arrive in Belize City on the day of your charter, you will be met at the airport by a uniformed crew member and taken to the boat. If you are already in Belize, you will need to make your way to the boat anytime after 2:00 p.m.

Where does the Belize Aggressor III dock?

The Belize Aggressor III docks at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City.

Is there dinghy diving?

No, most of the diving is done directly from the dive platform of the Belize Aggressor III. We have a dinghy, but seldom use it for diving.

Is there night diving?

Absolutely. The night diving is terrific.

What is planned for Friday afternoon and evening after we return to port?

This your opportunity to tour a Mayan Ruin, visit the Belize Zoo or just relax on board. (The tours are not included in the charter price.) The Belize Aggressor III crew hosts a farewell sunset cocktail party Friday evening. Dinner is not served on board. The crew can recommend a local restaurant and arrange transportation. This meal is not included in the charter price.

When is check-out time on the vessel?

Check-out is between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.
17. Where is the nearest recompression chamber? The nearest recompression chamber is on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

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