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Belize
Turneffe and Lighthouse Reef.

May 31- June 7, 2025 

7- Night Trip Onboard Belize Aggressor IV
 

This is a special trip for First Coast Divers for a couple of reasons. First, this will be our first ever visit to Belize and world class diving at Turneffe and Lighthouse Reef. And second, this is our first ever liveaboard trip with Aggressor Liveaboards.

Even though we schedule several international dive trips a year, I have never been able to do an Aggressor trip for a wide range of reasons. It just never seemed to work out with our busy schedule and our travel plan of destinations. But…because of a late change in our 2025 schedule, this trip actually works out for a lot of reasons. 

First off, let’s talk about the diving we can expect:

The Belize Barrier Reef is a coral reef system located along the eastern coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea. It is the second largest coral reef system in the world (stretches over 190 miles/ 305km in length) after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and is considered one of the most diverse and well-preserved coral reef ecosystems on the planet.

It is home to a wide range of marine life, including colorful tropical fish, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, reef sharks, eagle rays, and more. The reef is also home to several unique and important ecosystems, including over 400 cays, 3 atolls, 7 marine reserve areas, seagrass beds, and mangroves.

The reef is a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers, who come to explore the vibrant coral formations and diverse marine life. The reef is also an important source of income for the local Belizean community, which relies on tourism, scuba diving, fishing, and lobster industries for their livelihoods.

The Belize Barrier Reef is an important and unique ecosystem that plays a vital role in the health of the ocean. It is considered a valuable and treasured natural resource by both the local Belizean community and the global community as a whole and should not be missed.

Scuba diving in Belize offers the chance to observe a variety of marine life, including:

  • Coral Reefs: Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, the Belize Barrier Reef, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Fish: Divers can see hundreds of species of fish, including angelfish, parrotfish, and colorful reef fish. This is not to mention sharks, hammerheads, tigers, white tips, black tips, silver tips, and Galápagos sharks are a possibility.

  • Sea Turtles: Hawksbill and green turtles can often be spotted while diving.

  • Mantas and Rays: Manta rays and eagle rays are frequent visitors to the dive sites in Belize.

  • Holes: Belize has the famous “Blue Hole”, which attracts divers from all over the world.

And as I stated above, for this adventure we have partnered with Aggressor Liveaboards, and we will be doing a 7-night trip on board the Belize Aggressor IV primarily diving around Turneffe & Lighthouse Reefs. Aggressor Liveaboards is certainly one of the world’s premier liveaboard operators. They operate well over a dozen vessels all around the world in all the top dive destinations. They are known for their high service and standards, reliability, safety & great food!! We are sure to be well cared for during our stay with them.



Here is a sample of our dive itinerary:














Angel Fish Wall:  Friendly grey angel fish give this site its name. The top of the wall teems with small fish. Eagle rays and an occasional shark also cruise the wall.

Aquarium:  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 baffle 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 corner of this reef is a good place to see reef sharks, big black groupers, swirling schools of horse eyed jacks and hawksbill or green sea turtles.


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 feet.

Blue Hole:  A collapsed freshwater cave system approximately 1000 feet across and over 400 feet deep, the Blue Hole was made famous by ocean pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau who declared it one of the top ten dive sites in the world. In 1971, he brought his ship, the Calypso, to chart its depths. Once descended into the Blue Hole, guests will see beautiful vertical stalactite formations. The first shelf of this collapsed underground cavern begins at 110 feet. 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 angel fishes. These shallows are great for diving or snorkeling.


Cathedral:  Colorful formations resembling cathedral steeples with sandy cuts in between them signify this site. This site is home to many black groupers and jacks, as well as three species of angel fishes, scorpion fishes, several varieties of eels and silver sides. Spanish dancers are sometimes sighted on the night dives.

Eagle Ray Wall:  This site is known for more arrow blennies than you will probably see anywhere else, plus loads of decorator crabs.

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.

Elk Horn Forest:  Located on the east side of Long Caye, the shallows grow large mounds of lettuce leaf coral that project towards the depths. In the shallows are rare elkhorn corals inhabited by juvenile fishes of many species.

Grand Bogue:  This site is home to the elusive white-spotted, white-lined and large-eyed toadfishes.

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 the observation deck built into the tree-top canopy. Located on the east end of the island is an historic lighthouse built in 1848, which 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.

Half Moon Caye Wall:  Marked by tunnels and grooves that 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.

Long Caye Wall:  This site is named for a protruding ridge of reefs and numerous swim throughs with grooves that 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.

Painted Wall:  Here divers will find many clusters of small painted tunicates between 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.

Que Brada:  Named for a cut in the reef (between 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 are seen on the night dives.

Silver Caves: 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.

Tarpon Caves:  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.

Triple Anchor:  Three anchors are very well hidden on a beautiful reef in 45’ of water. Look for big barrel sponges, eagle rays, and a cleaning station. West Point 1 & 2:  The visibility at these sites is highly dependent on winds and tides, but the labyrinth of reef buttresses makes this site great even when visibility is
diminished. The walls are vertical and start in only 20’ - 25’ of water. 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.

*Sample itineraries and maps are for illustrative purposes only. The exact route and sites visited are subject to change based on local regulations, guest experience,
weather and logistics, and is at the Captain’s discretion.

 

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ITINERARY & TRIP INFORMATION

Quick note about airfare:


All major airlines have daily flights in and out of Belize City (airport code is BZE). American Airlines has 2 flights a day out of Miami so that is probably where I personally will fly out of. And looking at the current prices, you should expect to pay between $500-$600 for a standard economy ticket. But even though this trip does not include airfare, we will be more than happy to assist you in your arrangements and offer some suggestions.


Staterooms & Rates:


There are two types of staterooms onboard the yacht: Master & Deluxe. Staterooms #2 & #3 are classified as the Master Staterooms as they are slightly larger than the others. Stateroom availability is first come first serve.

 

  • Master Stateroom: $3799 per person / double occupancy

  • Deluxe Stateroom: $3599 per person / double occupancy

Payment Terms:

  • $750 per person non-refundable deposit due at booking

  • $1250 per person payment due Sept. 1, 2024

  • ​Balance due Feb 15, 2025

Inclusions:

  • 7-night stay on-board the Belize Aggressor IV in an air-conditioned stateroom w/private ensuite bathroom.

  • Up to 27 guided dives (weather permitting)

  • Use of standard air tanks (AL80) and lead weights

  • All meals to include snacks

  • All non-alcoholic beverages (coffee, tea, water, assorted juices & soft drinks)

  • Beer & wine (limited selections of local beers & wines) (BYOB is permitted)

  • Embarkation / Disembarkation Transfers (restrictions apply) 

Exclusions:

 

  • Airfare. Daily flights Belize City, Belize available daily with American, Delta & United Airlines. Belize City airport code is BZE (First Coast Divers will help arrange the airfare with anyone who needs it)

  • Equipment rental (available for rental onboard)

  • Enriched Air/Nitrox Upgrade. Currently $100 p.p. (payable onboard)

  • Marine Park & Port Fees. Currently $130 p.p. (payable onboard)

  • Merchandise purchased onboard

  • Gratuity for your crew (payable at trip end)

Additional Information

  • The deposit is non-refundable and will not be refunded for any reason. We are making a commitment to our travelers, so we expect our travelers to fulfill their  commitment to us.

  • No additional funds will be returned if canceled within 10 months from the trip.

  • In the event someone needs to cancel, they can certainly transfer their secured booking to a replacement traveler and receive a full refund minus a 10% service fee.

  • Traveler acknowledges these terms and conditions at time of booking.

  • Minimum certification requirement: Open Water certification but we encourage divers to have an Advanced Open Water certification.

  • All trip participants are required to have Divers Supplemental Insurance. We suggest either DAN or DiveAssure.

  • As with all of our trips, we highly encourage participants to purchase their own Travel/Trip Insurance. Again, we suggest either DAN or DiveAssure.

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