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

Amigos del Mar/Belize Reef Suites, Dec, 2006,

by David Dornbusch, CA, USA . Report 3123.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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