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Dive Review of Amigos del Mar/Belize Reef Suites in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David Dornbusch, CA, USA
Report Number 3123
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Profile was recommended to keep group together, but dive master very
flexible.  Allowed divers with low air consumption to continue dive at
will.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Amigos del Mar is a first-rate dive operation.  Will was an excellent dive
master, providing detailed briefings, and worked extremely well with divers
having a wide range of experience.  Savas and Mike were fine boat drivers. 
Boats and gear in excellent condition.  Picked up and drop off at dock near
condo, always on time.  Only complaint was that some dives had 10-11 divers
for only one dive master.

Belize Reef Suites were very spacious, attractive, fully-equipped condos,
on beach, with comfortable beds, air conditioning, and very near San Pedro
town.  However, it is only a few hundred yards from the airstrip.  When
there was no wind, or wind was from west, and we didn't use the air
conditioning, planes were very noisy beginning at 6:50 AM for a full hour
then intermittently during the day, until 7 PM.  During two mornings, had
very strong smell of plane engine exhaust.

The Blue Water, Caliente, and Fido's served excellent food.  Elvi's had a
fine Mayan buffet on Friday night.  Ali Baba has pretty good take-out
barbecue chicken and middle eastern dishes, also served in small
restaurant.

We shopped in both the upscale supermarket and the small mom-and-pop
markets.  Recommend the small shops for less expensive groceries.  Fresh
fruits were consistently excellent from the street vendors.
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