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Dive Review of Ambergris Divers/Xanadu in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Divers/Xanadu, Sep, 2009,

by Dennis Lewis, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 5120.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Palau, Yap, Moorea, Hawaii, Roatan, Cayman, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Hard max of 50 minutes per dive so we came up with 1200 to 1500 lbs in the tank.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A small bucket on the boat is all there was.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments First, loved Xanadu Resort. The staff (and the local population for that matter) were happy and helpful. Much better than the "American" hotels around the Caye. Nice beach and pool. Carts at a good price. You need to get into town. Most of the week with Ambergris Divers on the local reef. Picked this shop since they do not assault the sea life like the others do. Same dive every day, just a different name - Tuffee, Dos Cocos, Esmarelda, etc. The coral is in very bad shape, few fish and all very small except for the nurse sharks. Hol Chan was much better with good sea life and better coral life, but we had to fight to get there. We were the only divers on the boat each day so I sort of understand why the shop wanted to stay close, but after a week you would think that they would want to show us something nice since I had been complaining about how poor the diving had been (and about the short dive times). They gave in only for the last day.

We went with Aqua Dives for a trip to the Blue Hole. Yes, you have to do it once. The diving out around Half Moon Caye was wonderful - healthy coral, big and little fish. Hundreds of schooling fish filled the water. Turtles and Barracuda made my day. However, the DM would not stop feeding and playing with the fish. No diver responded, but that didn't stop him from assaulting everything he saw. If we go again, we will skip Ambergris and go to Hopkins or Turneffe.
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