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Dive Review of Amigos Del Mar/Blue Tang Inn in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Maureen C. Carnevale, VA, US
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 5385
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Cozumel, Channel Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Typically first dive was max of 80 ft., second dive was max of 60 feet. 
Most dives lasted 50 minutes.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
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
I am not a photographer.  They did have a fresh water bucket exclusively
for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
I was part of a dive group of 19 divers.  We took over two dive boats at
Amigos del Mar and nearly the entire Blue Tang Inn.

DIVING

Like others have posted, the reef life at Ambergris Caye is disappointing. 
The diving here is just OK.

We booked a package deal and were able to get discounted 2-tank dives for
$77 US with Nitrox.  The total package was for 5 2-tank dives.

It is common practice for the dive operators to chum to attract nurse
sharks, groupers and eels.  While this is not the most environmentally
friendly practice, I don't see it stopping in Ambergris Caye anytime soon.

One one dive there were twelve nurse sharks and several huge groupers.

Spotted eagle rays and turtles were a spotted on nearly every dive.

Amigos took really good care of our group.  They were attentive, friendly,
fun to be around and mindful of safety.

The dive boat picked us up at the pier at the Blue Tang Inn.  It was a
quick walk to the dive shop from the hotel for those who preferred to
walk.

Coffee and fresh fruit was provided between dives back at the dive shop.  

The staff would rinse and store our gear each day.

I would rate the diving at Turneffe Reef, Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole
much higher.  The reefs were much healthier, with more fish life.

Turneffe is $185 US for a three tank dive.
Blue Hole/Lighthouse Reef is $250 US for a three tank dive.

Pick up at 5:30 am.  Drop off between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm.
Breakfast (pastry, fresh fruit, cheese), Lunch (chicken, beans and rice,
potato salad, coconut cream pie), soft drinks, and rum drinks (post diving)
included.

It is a long day for three dives, but worth it.  

BLUE TANG INN

We had a great package with the Blue Tang Inn.  The staff was very friendly
and attentive.

All rooms have a kitchen.  There are two grocery stores within walking
distance.

Each room is different and have recently gone through a mini makeover...new
decor.  Rooms on the third floor are preferred.

The continental breakfast is very basic:  coffee, juice, fresh fruit,
cereal, toast and sometimes waffles.

Package reflects discounted room rates based on 2009 pricing (not 2010) 
9 day/8 night accommodation & hotel tax; daily continental breakfast
incl. 
5 days of local 2-tank dives = 10 dives (with tanks, weights and belt)
Complimentary nitrox on the 10 local dives ($100 value)
RT air from Belize Intl Airport to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye ($120
value)
Roundtrip taxi transfer from San Pedro Airport to Blue Tang Inn ($10
value)
Complimentary use of tandem kayak
Free wireless access from lobby/pool area
Group Package includes all taxes (does not inc. gratuity for hotel
staff/dive shop)
$1,155 US per person based on double occupancy
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