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Dive Review of Amigos del Mar/Xanadu Island Resort in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by David Andel, IL, US (2 reports)
Report Number 3454
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Dominica, Curacao, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Grand Turk and the Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational Dive limits. 50-60 minutes in the water. Up with 500psi.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
Dive boat had a dedicated 'cooler' for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We had a group of six divers.  The dive operator we used was Amigos del
Mar.  It is located right on the beach in San Pedro.  Did four two tank
dives on the reef of Ambergris Caye and a three-tank day trip to Turneffe
Island.  Amigos boat picks you up right from your resorts dock.  Made all
plans over through e-mails to Gilmar at the dive shop.  All prices matched
what he had quoted.  The reef is located less than a half mile from
Ambergris; so all surface intervals were done on shore at the dive shop.
Water, coconut, and watermelon were available for snacks.  The dive master
Rene was with us all week.  He did a good job of pointing out critters. 
Alot of free swimming nurse sharks, grouper and eels.  The reef was in good
shape with an abundance of fish life.  The day trip to Turneffe included
breakfast at the shop in the morning, two-hour boat trip (ran out of
steering fluid 30 minutes out of San Pedro and had to wait for another boat
to bring us the fluid).  1st dive was at the Elbow; great amount of fish
life, sponge and coral was in excellent shape, 2nd dive at Calabash Wall. 
Lunch was at the University of Belize Marine Station on Calabash Caye.  3rd
dive at Tres Amigos.
We stayed at Xanadu Island Resort, it is located about 1 mile south of
town.  Excellent location, quiet and removed from the noise of town.  The
resort is made up of six monolithic domes, built to survive a Cat. 5
hurricane.  There are several different types of suites.  All have a living
room, full kitchen and fridge, large decks (for drying gear out) an daily
maid service.  No restaurant or bar on site, but that wasnt a problem
because you could get anywhere on the island in a golf cart.  Rentals are
available at Xanadu.  The resort has a great pool, right off their sand
beach.  Make sure to bring bug spray, the mosquitoes will carry you away!!!
Check them out on their website www.xanaduresort-belize.com.  For food and
staples Marinas Market is located at the entrance to Xanadu or in town is
the Island Supermarket that has a large selection.  Across from the Island
Supermarket is the Belikin Dist., where you can buy water and beer cheaper
than anywhere on the island.   
You will not go hungry in San Pedro, it has the best assortment of
restaurants and bars in the caribean.  We ate dinners at Casa Picasso, The
Blue Water Grill, Elvis Kitchen, Sweet Basil, El Divino Steak House and
Calientes.   All had great food.  We will dive here again!!!
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