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

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis Lewis, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5120
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Moorea, Hawaii, Roatan, Cayman, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Hard max of 50 minutes per dive so we came up with 1200 to 1500 lbs in the
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
A small bucket on the boat is all there was. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
2 stars    
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

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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