Ambergris Caye Belize help needed

Ambergris Caye Belize help needed

Post by G. Michael Siever » Mon, 09 Mar 1998 04:00:00


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.

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
help!

--Mike  

 
 
 

Ambergris Caye Belize help needed

Post by RainMa » Wed, 11 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> 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.

> 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
> help!

> --Mike

Mike-

Check out URL "ambergriscaye.com".  There's actually an ISP on Abergris
Caye Island with a pretty good site describing just about anything you
want to know.  

My wife and I spent two weeks in Belize a couple years ago and spent a
week in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.  There's a hotel in San Pedro that
backs right off the beach with a veiw of the barrier reef (about a mile
offshore) that should be reasonable.

If you mean what I think you do by "upscale" you might find the
accomodations in San Pedro lean towards "quaint" and "charming".  San
Pedro was just a fishing village not too long ago, only has three sand
streets running through town, and has just converted to the tourist/dive
trade just some years back.

The people there all seem gracious and happy.  Activities are relatively
cheap compared to Cancun or Cozumel (e.g. all day catamaran with lunch
and snorkel at "shark/ray alley" was $45 per person;  half day reef
fishing for baracuda, etc, was $50 per person).

There are also a couple of dive operations in San Pedro right off the
water, just a short walk from the back of the hotel in town.

Check out the Ambergris site as all of this is detailed there.  Happy
diving and vacation.

-Ray

 
 
 

Ambergris Caye Belize help needed

Post by RosalieAnn Figge Beasl » Mon, 16 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>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,
etc.

I also dove from Caye Caulker and Placencia.

Quote:

>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
>help!

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.

grandma Rosalie

 
 
 

Ambergris Caye Belize help needed

Post by John Bu » Fri, 20 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:


>>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.

See  http://www.ambergriscaye.com

        All the best enjoying our wonderful island and the magnificent
reef

John Bush   Rainbow Landing