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