Belize: Ambergris Caye Diving?

Belize: Ambergris Caye Diving?

Post by Douglas S. Jone » Thu, 16 Jan 1997 04:00:00


My wife and I are going to be in Florida (Orlando) for a convention in
late March. Since my company is paying for us to fly down there and back
we thought it would be a great opportunity to get some diving done in
the Caribbean. (We are PADI certified)

It has been impossible to get four day accommodations on any of the
atoll island due to either no transportation on Tuesdays or it being
very expensive to do so. Two places were willing to have us show up on
Wednesday meaning we would only get to dive on Thursday and half of
Friday. The cost then seemed really high for so little diving.

We did find an affordable hotel, transportation and diving package at
the Sunbreeze Hotel in San Perdo, Ambergris Caye. However I can=92t seem
to find any information on the nature of dives available from that
island. Since what we want is diving is Ambergris Caye worth our time
and money?

Thanks for any information any of you could supply.


Douglas & Elizabeth Jones
Rupert, Idaho

 
 
 

Belize: Ambergris Caye Diving?

Post by Christopher D. Whit » Fri, 17 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> It has been impossible to get four day accommodations on any of the
> atoll island due to either no transportation on Tuesdays or it being
> very expensive to do so. Two places were willing to have us show up on
> Wednesday meaning we would only get to dive on Thursday and half of
> Friday. The cost then seemed really high for so little diving.

Many of the resorts -- expecially Manta and Lighthouse -- are very
remote.  They only run flights to Lighthouse occasionally, and there is
too much open water for the water taxis to cross.  I have seen six foot
waves between the atolls.

Quote:
> =
> We did find an affordable hotel, transportation and diving package at
> the Sunbreeze Hotel in San Perdo, Ambergris Caye. However I can=92t seem
> to find any information on the nature of dives available from that
> island. Since what we want is diving is Ambergris Caye worth our time
> and money?

San Pedro is good spur-and-groove diving.  I've dived with a huge pod of
dolphins there, seen a lot of fish and healthy coral.  It ain't in the
same league as the atolls, but San Pedro is a nice town to unwind in.
And you can consider taking a boat (talk to Chris Alnatt at Blue Hole
Diving, in the Spindrift Hotel) out to Turneffe or Lighthouse (day,
overnight, 2-night).  But it is a long boat-ride over to Turneffe (more
than an hour, even on the fastest boats) and close to 3 hrs to
Lighthouse. If you're interested in the trips to Turneffe, Caye Caulker
is a bit closer, and Frenchy's and Belize Diving both run day trips to
Turneffe and Lighthouse, once or more per week.  Rendezvous Point,
Vincenete Point, and***roach Wall are all good dives on the N of
Turneffe -- I still haven't gotten to the Elbow, drat it.  IMO, the best
dives on Lighthouse are along Half Moon Caye Wall -- S end of the atoll,
the ***y preserve is on Half Moon Caye (great surface interval)! =

-- =

These are *my* opinions.


 
 
 

Belize: Ambergris Caye Diving?

Post by leach.. » Sat, 18 Jan 1997 04:00:00

The diving off of San Pedro is superb....and just as good as the atolls
if not better in many respects...such as diversity of corals. Several good
dive operations are there. I prefer the one at Ramon's village, but all
are professionally run so its hard to go wrong.

 
 
 

Belize: Ambergris Caye Diving?

Post by Jack Acre » Thu, 23 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


> > It has been impossible to get four day accommodations on any of the
> > atoll island due to either no transportation on Tuesdays or it being
> > very expensive to do so. Two places were willing to have us show up on
> > Wednesday meaning we would only get to dive on Thursday and half of
> > Friday. The cost then seemed really high for so little diving.

> Many of the resorts -- expecially Manta and Lighthouse -- are very
> remote.  They only run flights to Lighthouse occasionally, and there is
> too much open water for the water taxis to cross.  I have seen six foot
> waves between the atolls.

> > We did find an affordable hotel, transportation and diving package at
> > the Sunbreeze Hotel in San Perdo, Ambergris Caye. However I cant seem
> > to find any information on the nature of dives available from that
> > island. Since what we want is diving is Ambergris Caye worth our time
> > and money?

> San Pedro is good spur-and-groove diving.  I've dived with a huge pod of
> dolphins there, seen a lot of fish and healthy coral.  It ain't in the
> same league as the atolls, but San Pedro is a nice town to unwind in.
> And you can consider taking a boat (talk to Chris Alnatt at Blue Hole
> Diving, in the Spindrift Hotel) out to Turneffe or Lighthouse (day,
> overnight, 2-night).  But it is a long boat-ride over to Turneffe (more
> than an hour, even on the fastest boats) and close to 3 hrs to
> Lighthouse. If you're interested in the trips to Turneffe, Caye Caulker
> is a bit closer, and Frenchy's and Belize Diving both run day trips to
> Turneffe and Lighthouse, once or more per week.  Rendezvous Point,
> Vincenete Point, and***roach Wall are all good dives on the N of
> Turneffe -- I still haven't gotten to the Elbow, drat it.  IMO, the best
> dives on Lighthouse are along Half Moon Caye Wall -- S end of the atoll,
> the ***y preserve is on Half Moon Caye (great surface interval)!
> --
> These are *my* opinions.


Caye Caulker is great, less "cosmopolitan" than San Pedro.  Shirley's on
Caye Caulker is a wonderful place to stay.  I would recomend Frenchie's
over Belize Diving Service ANY day of the week.  Sandy at Frenchie's is
one of the best DM's I've ever dove with.  He really cares about the
ocean as opposed to the DM at BDS who used tube sponge to defog his mask
and the SLOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW boat to Turneffe.

Jack

 
 
 

Belize: Ambergris Caye Diving?

Post by Christopher D. Whit » Thu, 23 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>  Sandy at Frenchie's (on Caye Caulker) is
> one of the best DM's I've ever dove with.  He really cares about the
> ocean as opposed to the DM at BDS who used tube sponge to defog his mask
> and the SLOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW boat to Turneffe.

Following up Jack's reply to my reply...

I agree 100%.  Sandy is great.  He is the _only_ DM I have ever had
delay the entry on a night dive until conditions were better.  And then
we dove for 90 minutes.  He loves to dive, he loves unusual (Atlantic
Deer Cowrie, all manner of tube-dwelling worms) animals, he knows the
dive sites, and he is a nice guy.  [Though I wish he didn't think a
sharp rap was the best way to stop a freeflowing regulator...I would NOT
rent equipment from Frenchie's!!!]
--
These are *my* opinions.

 
 
 

Belize: Ambergris Caye Diving?

Post by MHDiv » Sun, 26 Jan 1997 04:00:00

If you want a "real" dive vacation, your best bet is Lighthouse Reef
Resort.  Flights are not "infrequently" but run on a regular schedule
every Sat.   Accommodations run from Sat. to Sat. with a total of 17 dives
from Sun. to Fri.  No need for a 3 hr or 4 hr. boat trip to get anywhere.
Great dive sites are within minutes of the resort.  Diving is phenomenal,
accommodations fantastic and dive crew some of the best in the business.
Try it, you love it as I did and will return many times, as I plan to do.

hope you get to stay at Lighthouse.

Regards, Marilyn