Belize Photo Workshop: April 2022

2022 belize Underwater Photo workshop

Join us on the Belize Aggressor IV and see the amazing cayes that surround Belize, including the Blue Hole that Jacques Cousteau made famous so many years ago. Belize is a wall diver's paradise. Sheer walls like Painted Wall, Half Moon Caye Wall, and Quebrada are adorned with huge crimson gorgonians and giant orange elephant ear sponges. Moray eels, spiny lobsters and tiny arrow crabs hide in every crack, crevice, cave, and tunnels of these beautiful coral formations. These are just a few things you will see at Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Cay, and Turneffe Reef.

April 2 - 9, 2022

Trip leader: TBD

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EARLY BOOKING BONUS:  $500 OFF!

7 Nights for:

Deluxe Cabin - $3,195  $2,695 per person

Master Cabin - $3,395  $2,895 per person 

Why Join This Trip?

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • FREE daily photo workshops 
  • See dolphins, tarpon, eagle rays, walls, and reefs with abundant marine life and multiple macro critters, plus the chance to see whale sharks
  • Complete photo center with a digital video and still photo editing computer on the Belize Aggressor IV
  • Local beer and wine included 

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Why Travel With Bluewater?

  • We book liveaboards that offer the best overall value
  • Fun, engaged trip leaders who care about the guest experience
  • Great support if flight/weather issues occur

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Trip Overview

The Belize Aggressor IV casts off from the Radisson Ft. George dock, located in the heart of downtown Belize City for a week of hassle-free diving to the famous Blue Hole, as well as to Half-Moon Cay and Lighthouse Reef. There is something in Belize that's sure to please everyone from new divers to more seasoned ones, with plentiful and lush coral gardens, sponges, reef sharks, rays, and small reef fish.

Guests will be met by a crew member in uniform at the Belize City (BZE) International Airport (transfers are not provided from the Belize City Municipal Airport) and transferred to the yacht.

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Dive Overview

Most dives are characteristic of easy Caribbean diving, with deeper reefs at 80-100ft, and shallow reefs at 20-40ft. You'll be diving in water temperatures between 72-82ºF (25-28ºC). 

  • The Blue Hole: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is over 400ft deep and 1,000ft wide. There's not a whole lot to see at the Blue Hole, other than a large blue hole and some really cool stalactites. It requires quite a long boat ride to get to and some divers find the dive to be boring. Some people enjoy it simply because of the depth - 140ft, and they may be suffering from narcosis. In the hole you will hit a thermocline, dropping temperatures to around 75-77 degrees, but the change is so sudden that it will feel much colder. At 140ft depth, there are some undercuts, stalactites, and a few fish.
  • Half Moon Caye: You’ll likely stop here for lunch after you dive the Blue Hole. Half Moon Caye is a small tropical island home to many bird species, including the red-footed booby. Even if you are not a bird watcher, you’ll love the white sandy beaches and warm shallow water surrounding the caye. There’s even an opportunity for some great snorkeling right near the dock where the boats park.
  • Ambergris Caye: This area is close to San Pedro, encompasses the northern reefs of Belize, and is home to many resorts and good nightlife. If you want to do a lot of going out in the evening or other top-side activities, this is the area to stay. There is a lot of good diving here, and you can also do some longer full-day dive trips to the Turneffe atoll area.
  • Turneffe Atoll: This is one of the better (if not the best) dive areas in Belize. Turneffe Atoll is a large offshore atoll reef with a wide variety of dive sites. The white-spotted toadfish, eagle rays, tarpon, green morays, groupers, nurse sharks, jacks, snappers, and reef sharks can all be seen here if you are lucky enough. The Elbow is one of the best dive sites at Turneffe Atoll, along with the Lighthouse Reef.
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve: Hol Chan is Belize’s first and oldest marine reserve. There are four zones to the reserve - The Reef, The Mangroves, Shark Ray Alley and The Seagrass Beds. The Reef is a great site for night diving. You’ll see plenty of stingrays, spotted lobster, sleeping parrotfish, hermit crabs and tons of moray eels out hunting.
  • Placencia: Placencia is southern Belize, and offer far less crowds than the Ambergris Caye area, along with some great topside wildlife areas. It is also close to many great Mayan ruins. This is also where Gladden Spit is located, where you have a chance to see a whale shark.

 

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Inclusions

  • Accommodations aboard the yacht
  • Daily photo workshops
  • All meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine
  • Up to 5 dives per day
  • Tanks, weights and weight belts
  • Round trip Belize International Airport (BZE) transfers at set times

 

Exclusions

  • Mandatory: Each guest must pay a $110 port fee (7 nights) includes cruising tax & park fee at the end of the charterAirfare 
  • Dive insurance and travel insurance
  • Equipment rentals
  • Nitrox
  • Dinner on the final evening
  • Crew gratuity 

DAILY PHOTO WORKSHOPS

Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, strobe exposure, and positions, avoiding backscatter and composition.

 

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Sample Itinerary

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, up to five dives a day are offered except on Friday. 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 on board. 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 beachcombing.  

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About the belize Aggressor Iv

The luxurious Belize Aggressor IV (formerly Sun Dancer II) has 8 Deluxe staterooms with two twin beds or one king bed and 2 Master staterooms with one queen bed. All staterooms have climate controls. The Belize Aggressor IV sleeps 20 guests in privacy and comfort.

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Flight Information  

From the U.S.: Luckily, there are direct flights to Belize (BZE) from major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Charlotte.  

If you're coming from outside the United States, you'd likely have to make a stop in a city in the U.S.

 

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Payment Schedule  

Deposit: $400

Payment 2: $500, Due April 1, 2021

Payment 3: $500, Due September 1, 2021

Payment 4: Balance, Due December 15, 2021

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Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

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Underwater photos courtesy of the Belize Aggressor IV

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