December 29, 2002 - December 30, 2002 - December 31, 2002 - January 1, 2003 - January 2, 2003
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January 3, 2003: Belize - Nekton Pilot

A D2D New Years 2003: Belize dive
"Two Poles (Turneffe Islands)"
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Last day of diving; I only did two dives this day.
Diving from the Nekton Pilot:
  • Directions from Tampa: The Nekton Pilot is a liveaboard that spends six months out of the year in the waters off of Belize. Their website is at http://www.nektoncruises.com/.
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Overcast, and very cool, windy, nearing cold.

  • Personal Notes: I'm not one to push my limits too much, and my Cobra computer calculates a "Time To Fly" that can be greater than 24 hours. So when at the end of the second dive, my dive computer said "24:48 to fly," I called it a day.

    Two Poles has one of the deepest "pins" (where the mooring line is anchored to the sand/reef) at around 65 feet. Also, it's a famous spot for Spotted Toad Fish, so I spent most of my time below 50 feet on the second dive. As such, I came 4 minutes away from going into deco - the closest I got all trip.

    First dive though, I decided not to take the camera. Wouldn't you know it, free-swimming octopus, out and about for probably a good 10 minutes.

Pictures!

As I did not take the camera on the first dive, and most of what I saw on the second dive wouldn't show up well, there are only two photos.
Two Poles (Turneffe Islands)
A Spotted Trunkfish, I'm guessing, though those four white spots are kind of odd.
A White Spotted Toadfish. We saw two on this dive; but they are very reclusive and I was lucky to have gotten this one on film.


Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
197 Two Poles (Turneffe Islands) 71 feet 52 min. 77 F
198 Two Poles (Turneffe Islands) 81 feet 45 min. 75 F
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