ambergris caye dive shops?

ambergris caye dive shops?

Post by Kathleen Levi » Thu, 15 Dec 1994 23:59:10


Does anyone have any recommendations for a dive shop on
ambergris caye, belize? We already have a condo rented,
but have no idea which dive shops are good and which
ones arent. Our group consists of intermediate/advanced
divers. So we are not looking for a big beginner boat.

Thanks in advance!

 
 
 

ambergris caye dive shops?

Post by jdz1 » Sat, 17 Dec 1994 02:27:50

I am also going to be on ambergris caye in belize and would appreciate
any information on local dive outfits.  we are all intermediate and
advanced divers.


thanks a whole bunch

 
 
 

ambergris caye dive shops?

Post by Chri » Sat, 17 Dec 1994 12:17:14


Quote:

> Does anyone have any recommendations for a dive shop on
> ambergris caye, belize? We already have a condo rented,
> but have no idea which dive shops are good and which
> ones arent. Our group consists of intermediate/advanced
> divers. So we are not looking for a big beginner boat.

We have had good luck with the dive shop located at Ramons resort on the
south end of town. They use 4 or 5 small 6-7 person boats. We were
particularly pleased with a guide there whose name I can't recall at the
moment, but he had a bad limp on one leg (didn't slow him down in the
water thought). If you are really interested I couild dig out a log book
and look up his name.

Sincerely, Chris

 
 
 

ambergris caye dive shops?

Post by James C. Lind » Sat, 17 Dec 1994 06:46:59

Quote:


>Subject: ambergris caye dive shops?
>Date: Wed, 14 Dec 1994 14:59:10 GMT
>Does anyone have any recommendations for a dive shop on
>ambergris caye, belize? We already have a condo rented,
>but have no idea which dive shops are good and which
>ones arent. Our group consists of intermediate/advanced
>divers. So we are not looking for a big beginner boat.
>Thanks in advance!

I'd stay away from Ramon's - they tend to charge too much and they are a lot
shadier than some of the other shops (unless you are staying there and its
just that much more convenient). I think the best outfit is the "San Pedro
Dive Shop" or something creative like that, located right in front of the
"Sun Breeze" hotel (It's been a couple of years and I don't have access to my
Belize Gouge File, so I'm not sure about the name). (Its the hotel at the end
of the main street in San Pedro, between Ramon's and the main part of the town
- You can't miss it.) Last I was there, they charged $20 a dive, including
tanks, and had a "basic" boat and an "advanced" boat. The advanced boat
follows no set schedule, but will go out every time there's at least 3
advanced divers that want to go. The basic boat follows a more set schedule,
hits the shallow reefs, and is your standard large boat. The advanced boat was
just a big Whaler - not room for more than about 6 divers. The dives were
great, and totally laid back. My scheme was to lie on the lawn chairs in front
of the Sun Breeze until I saw a couple of serious-looking divers poking
around, then hook up with them and go out. Because the boat ride is only about
5 minutes, even to the outer reefs, you can make 5-6 dives a day.

The Turneffe Islands/"Blue Hole" trip is also great, but takes a while, is
expensive, and the service on the various charters varies. The diving is
really good, though, and different enough from the upper Cays to make it
worthwhile if you get a good deal.

   In general, on diving in Belize and Ambergris Cay, the best gouge is to
stay away from the big resort dive shops and go with the independent operators
- the resorts are a lot more touristy, cater to the novices, and charge too
much.

   Good luck and have fun (I'm jealous  - I've been trying to get back since I
left...) -JCL

 
 
 

ambergris caye dive shops?

Post by Robert V. Clar » Sun, 18 Dec 1994 02:05:39


Quote:
> Does anyone have any recommendations for a dive shop on
> ambergris caye, belize? We already have a condo rented,
> but have no idea which dive shops are good and which
> ones arent. Our group consists of intermediate/advanced
> divers. So we are not looking for a big beginner boat.

> Thanks in advance!

You should give Amigos Del Mar a try.  We dove with them for a week and
were very satisfied.  Rene is one of 3 local brothers who run the operation.
--
Robert V. Clarke
Nepean, Ontario

 
 
 

ambergris caye dive shops?

Post by Robert V. Clar » Sun, 18 Dec 1994 02:25:45


Quote:

>>Thanks in advance!

> I'd stay away from Ramon's - they tend to charge too much and they are a lot
> shadier than some of the other shops (unless you are staying there and its
> just that much more convenient). I think the best outfit is the "San Pedro
> Dive Shop" or something creative like that, located right in front of the
> "Sun Breeze" hotel (It's been a couple of years and I don't have access to my
> Belize Gouge File, so I'm not sure about the name). (Its the hotel at the end
> of the main street in San Pedro, between Ramon's and the main part of the town
> - You can't miss it.) Last I was there, they charged $20 a dive, including
> tanks, and had a "basic" boat and an "advanced" boat. The advanced boat
> follows no set schedule, but will go out every time there's at least 3
> advanced divers that want to go. The basic boat follows a more set schedule,
> hits the shallow reefs, and is your standard large boat. The advanced boat was
> just a big Whaler - not room for more than about 6 divers. The dives were
> great, and totally laid back. My scheme was to lie on the lawn chairs in front
> of the Sun Breeze until I saw a couple of serious-looking divers poking
> around, then hook up with them and go out. Because the boat ride is only about
> 5 minutes, even to the outer reefs, you can make 5-6 dives a day.

> The Turneffe Islands/"Blue Hole" trip is also great, but takes a while, is
> expensive, and the service on the various charters varies. The diving is
> really good, though, and different enough from the upper Cays to make it
> worthwhile if you get a good deal.

>    In general, on diving in Belize and Ambergris Cay, the best gouge is to
> stay away from the big resort dive shops and go with the independent operators
> - the resorts are a lot more touristy, cater to the novices, and charge too
> much.

>    Good luck and have fun (I'm jealous  - I've been trying to get back since I
> left...) -JCL

The sun breeze ok hotel and their dive operation one of the better, but
not quite as good as Amigos Del Mar who would pick us up at the Sunbreeze
for $10 a 2tank less.  Was not impressed with Outisland Divers and their
trip to Turneffe.  We dove in 10ft swell, they forgot the lunch, could not
decided best place to dive considering the water.  As for the Blue Hole
avoid the one in the ocean and visit the Blue Hole on the road south out
of Belmopan.>

--
Robert V. Clarke
Nepean, Ontario

 
 
 

ambergris caye dive shops?

Post by Yvonne Salaz » Mon, 19 Dec 1994 04:08:15

Hi You'all,
the last 3 times that I've dove in Ambergris Caye, Belize
I've used Rene (pronounced like renay, the e is short, and
the a is long) Paz. Rene and his brothers (I remember Carlos,
but I can't think of the others names).  Rene is based out
of Tomas Hotel (Tomas is Rene's dad), his phone number is
     011-501-26-2061  (hopefully it's still current, it's
been about 3 yrs. since I was diving in Ambergris Caye.)

I thoroughly enjoy diving with Rene and all his family are
very friendly and helpful.  His dad will take snorklers out
to Holchan Reserve, in case there are any non-divers in
your group.  Rene will tailor the diving to match your
skills and desires.  If you get the chance to dive with
Rene, tell him that I said "Hi".
Have a Wonderful time!
/Yvonne

 
 
 

ambergris caye dive shops?

Post by ICBC D » Wed, 21 Dec 1994 07:00:36

I've just returned from a trip that included 6 dives with Out Island Divers
on Ambergis Caye and my wife and I had a great trip.  We did an overnight
trip to Lighthouse reef (which included diving the Blue Hole) and it was
great.  The divemaster gave us lots of space to do our thing, was very good
at spotting rare stuff and pointing it out.  They fed us very well
(including an excellent (and very fresh) fish dinner.)  The accomodations
on Long Caye (in Lighthouse Reef) were great.  It's a smallish Caye and
they've got a bunch of tents with beds inside set up on wooden platforms
all along the beach.  There is no electricity so everyone hung out on the
boat once it got dark and crashed early but we also started at 6 am the
next day so it worked out well.

I would suggest at least talking to them about the trip if you're at all
interested in an overnighter.

Gary

PS.  The Blue Hole is an interesting dive.  I'm glad I did it but I
wouldn't make a point of going again.

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ambergris caye dive shops?

Post by Michael Goldste » Thu, 22 Dec 1994 10:19:20

We stayed at Journeys End on Ambergris a few years ago, and the dive
operation there was excellent. . .  if you have a group of 6 or so, you
can charter one of their boats and divemasters to take you out.  We were
with a guide named Billy, a local who got us to some great spots.  I
can't help much with operators in San Pedro or elsewhere on Ambergris.  
These guys were so good, we didn't want to try anyone else!  Have a great
trip!
 
 
 

ambergris caye dive shops?

Post by R.D. Jord » Fri, 23 Dec 1994 01:52:33

.....

Dive shops:

The best IMHO (after spending the best part of a year in Belize) is to contact:

Chris Allnatt
San Pedro Dive & Snorkel Center
San Pedro Town
Ambergris Caye
Belize
Tel.:  011-501-26-2982
Fax:  011-501-26-2981

He will be able to  tailor a dive or number of dives to your needs, wants and
budget.  I don't know of anyone who has been unsatisfied after dealing with
him.  He organises dives to absolutely everywhere in the waters around Belize;
all of the cayes, Blue hole, dive with dolphin, etc.

p.s. it'd be nice if you were to tell him that Richard Jordan reccommended you
(and then laugh at me when he says 'who?' :-)  )

Oh! and another thing, a better place to stay than Ramons village IMHO is the
Hotel Playador.  (I can supply more info if you want)

Richard Jordan


remember: better a diamond with a flaw
                   than a pebble without

Of course, anything that I may be foolish enough to say
is completely my own view. As they say, a fool and his
words are soon parted, a man of genius and his money.