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Dive Review of Amigos Del Mar/Ramon's in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Craig Condron, Wa., U.S.A.
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3844
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
South, Eastern and Central Pacific, Carribbean, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Little or no restriction, Stay with the group, return to boat with 500psi  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
      I have great memories of Belize and Ambergris Caye. Feb. 1993, I was
certified at Journeys End. Returned to Ambergris Caye in 1995 and Turneffe
Is. in 2000. When a neighbor got certified this summer in a cold lake in
North Idaho, He said, "I am never doing that again". So I took
him to Belize in September 2007 for one more try. 
     We arrivied at Ramon's Resort, San Pedro just after a hurricane had
brushed by. Roman's is little changed in all these years. Rooms and food
are exceptable. There was damage to their broadwalk, but were working hard
to do the repairs without bothering the guest.
     We choose to dive with Amigos Del Mar and had made arrangements ahead
of time. They are well organized group. The boat briefings served the
purpose. The boats are typical for San Pedro and work great. On our first
dive the briefing was for a DRIFT DIVE, however I noticed no current. We
ascended in calm clear water. I was showing my new diver friend some
cleaner shrimp when we become surrounded by a cloud. FISH FEEDING. Nurse
Sharks(don't they feed at night), Groupers,and Yellowtail Snappers were
going crasy. Then the divemaster (Tony) grabs the nurse shark and hangs on.
My buddy looks at me like WHAT THE H---.
     That done, Tony starts the DRIFT DIVE. 10' above the bottom and
kicking hard, looked like a SWIM DIVE to me. I stopped to show my friend
and others little critters. The divemaster returned wondering why we
weren't keeping up. Sorry, just wanted to take a look. 
     The next day after the dock briefing I ask for the divemaster to slow
down and take his time. And he did, and the other divers thanked me later.
But the feeding continued, usually on the first dive each day, at any site.
Oh yes, he blew-up a Puffer fish for us. Golly thanks. 
     We did encounter many great sightings. Juvenile Spotted Drum, Juv.
Angelfish and Juv. Rock Beauty, Spotted Eagle Rays (if we could only swim
like them), Indigo Hamlets, and  Groupers of all sizes.
Watched a small Hogfish cleaning station with a big school of Creole Wrasse
lined up like at a carwash. Was able to get my buddy to control his
bouyancy enough, so a Pederson Cleaner Shrimp could climb on his hand and
proceeded cleaning. Should have seen the joy in his eyes. He's a diver
now.
     We did the 3 tank trip to the Blue Hole and Halfmoon Caye. Great day
and perfect weather. Again at Halfmoon Wall (still one of the great dives
of Belize), the divemaster was in a hurry. I knew the location of the boat,
so we just let him go and did our own thing (I am also a divemaster).
     Now for the GOOD NEWS, my freind is hooked. He caught up with my wife
and I in Kauai Jan. 2008 for more diving.
     Now the BAD NEWS. San Pedro and Ambergris Caye will be a MEMORY.
They have lost sight of what diving is all about (SEE MOTHERNATURE, NOT BE
MOTHERNATURE). This is where I was certified 15 years ago and now have had
done my last dive there.
     AND THAT'S SAD
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