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This is a collection of my blog entries and experiences with diving.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for recountings of my more recent trips:

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2010/05/29 Trip to Belize and Diving off Belize in the Aggressor III
π 2010-05-29 00:00 in Diving, Trips
My friend Arturo proposed a diving trip somewhere you don't have to make sure you come back out the same hole in the ice you made to get in the water (i.e. not Monterey :) ), and we ended up in Belize.

Most of the time was spent on the aggressor diving, but we also visited things around Belize a little bit.

Here is the GPS track of our trip including the dives and flights, showing a good visual overview of the trip:

Nice view over Miami
Nice view over Miami


Belize City

Ok, so Belize City isn't great to visit, but there were a few nice activities not too far from it.

Belize is where cars go to die, they're stripped for parts and left where they were
Belize is where cars go to die, they're stripped for parts and left where they were

want fruit?
want fruit?

oui!
oui!


Cave Tubing

Cave tubing was nice, we got to hike through a forest with our tubes and come back down going through caves. Nice, relaxing, and pretty. Thankfully insect bats did a good job of eating most of the mosquitoes.



nice caves
nice caves

fruit and insect bats
fruit and insect bats




Lamanai Mayan Ruins

Those were a bit farther and included a 1h boat ride down a river to a place where driving would have likely taken longer. The boat ride was actually pretty fun, including the monkey visit, and the ruins that are only very partially excavated due to lack of funds, were pretty impressive (the guide also did a good job of describing the Mayan culture and history). The mosquitoes in the forest were however very numerous and fierce...








natural glue
natural glue







Diving off the Belize Aggressor III

Oh yeah, right, we were there for diving originally :)



'I fell'
'I fell'

keeping track of where we went and our dive sites (used to make the map above)
keeping track of where we went and our dive sites (used to make the map above)


It was gatesfest where we got to try Gates housings and equipment
It was gatesfest where we got to try Gates housings and equipment



Between the dives, we got to visit Half Moon Caye, which was a nice little excursion:


juicy hermit crabs there too
juicy hermit crabs there too


But back to diving: Belize was not the best place we've been to so far, but it was still enjoyable to dive and the water was a nice 29C. They did have very juicy sizeable lobsters and crabs though :)

lionfish are pest with no predators there
lionfish are pest with no predators there

juicy crab
juicy crab



nicely sized groupers
nicely sized groupers


very juicy lobsters :)
very juicy lobsters :)






we got to try DPVs
we got to try DPVs





that turtle was very bright, it went straight into those weeds
that turtle was very bright, it went straight into those weeds



the famous blue hole
the famous blue hole

stalactites in the blue hole
stalactites in the blue hole

cleaning shrimp
cleaning shrimp



nice eagle rays
nice eagle rays




did I mention lobster? :)
did I mention lobster? :)

gates equipment at work
gates equipment at work


All good things...

Come to an end...


Nice dinner the day before leaving
Nice dinner the day before leaving

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