Belize Aggressor III
Black Beauty: Known for sightings
of turtles and eagle rays, this area features long mounds of coral
with sandy bottom channels. The wall begins around 50 ft. Elbow:
This advanced dive boasts one of the best opportunities to see large
pelagics such as eagle rays and reef and hammerhead sharks. Strong
currents are often present.
This site is home to the elusive white spotted, white lined and
Wreck of the Sayonara: Remains of a 50 ft. boat with coral growth
around the wreck and numerous barrel sponges, along with many other
1 & 2: 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 ft. of water. Loads of black
coral and deep water gorgonian 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.
Three anchors are very well hidden on a beautiful
reef in 45 ft. of water. Look for big barrel sponges, eagle rays
and a cleaning station.
Eagle Ray Wall:
More arrow blennies that you will probably see anywhere
else, plus loads of decorator crabs.
There are many clusters of small painted tunicates,
within the depths of 40 - 70 ft. These walls have shallows inhabited
by species of parrot fish, black durgeon, queen trigger fish, and
many more. The sheer walls begin around 25 ft. and are overhung
in many places with black coral trees and rope sponges covered with
light bulb tunicates.
A sheer drop-off begins around 30 ft., with an abundance
of fish life at the top. About 40-60 ft. deep along the wall are
large baffel sponges, giant deep water sea fans, and the richest
collection of deep water gorgonian 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
The large swim through is frequently inhabited by
thousands of silver sides, and the vertical wall starts in only
35 ft. 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.
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.
Long Caye Wall: Named for a protruding ridge of reef 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.
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.
Half Moon Caye Wall: 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.
Wall: Many friendly
grey angel fish give this site its name. The top of the wall teems
with small fish. Eagle rays and an occasional shark cruise the wall.
Elk Horn Forest:
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.
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 ft. 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.
A tall reef buttress rises straight up from the whitest powder
sand to within 30-35 ft. 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.
Half Moon Caye:
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
Dive sites are selected by the Captain and
may vary due to weather conditions and logistics.
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