>Can anyone recommend a good hotel and dive operator on Ambergris Caye? We
>prefer places that are fairly small and quaint, and designed for divers.
>Fairly upscale would be nice. For dive operators, we like SMALL (6-8 max)
>groups and divemasters who guide you when you want them and leave you alone
>when you don't.
We just got back (Friday March 13) from two weeks in Belize. We
stayed at the cheapest places we could so as to save for other
stuff. We stayed at Rubie's Hotel on the beach in San Pedro.
Upscale it is not. There aren't many big places in San Pedro but
there are some that are more expensive.
I went on three dives with the C***Beach Hotel dive shop. It
was just the divemaster and me for all of the dives - you can't
get much smaller than that!! They supplied me with all equipment
except my mask and snorkel (as I wear bifocals). I have a
feeling that C***Beach does not aggressively promote their dive
service. The divemaster was quite good but quiet- a young local
man named George who arrived on his bike.
One of the dives was a night dive at Hol Chan. We got to the
site first, and after us four other boats came with between 4 and
8 divers each. All the operations seem to run about 20-22 foot
outboards. The most aggressive boat was Hustler which had twin
200's and which moored to the orange mooring which marks the edge
of the area.
Most of the diving on the reef is a series of canyons of 100-120
feet deep. I did not think the reef was as colorful as some
places, but there was a lot of it. We were hampered somewhat by
seas and weather, which George apologized for the roughness of
the sea, but it did not bother me unduly. It may have cut down
on the viz a little, but I could still see down to the bottom of
the canyons, and had to be careful not to get too deep. One dive
was a drift dive.
We saw a big sea turtle swimming by, as well as nurse sharks,
I also dove from Caye Caulker and Placencia.
>Also, any description of the diving would be helpful. Is Ambergris Caye as
>good as I have heard? Comparisons to Cozumel, Bonaire, San Salvadore would
I can only compare it to Miami and the *** Islands, as I have
not been to those places. I liked Caye Caulker the best. I dove
with Belize Diver Service there, and recommend them.