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Dive Review of AquaDives/AquaMarina Suites in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Joe Cadigan, Ma, USA
Report Number 2910
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Grand Cayman, Bermuda, Bonaire, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth of dives largely determined by bottom at 108', but for Blue Hole
max 135'.      
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Ambergris was overall a great vacation spot, very laid back, the locals
were very friendly.  Street vendors were reasonable in their approach for
the most part, the only problem we had was with an aggressive (and I
believe drunk) young local hawking timeshares in the street.  The food was
good, I suppose very good relative to the price.  Must eats include Elvies
Kitchen, Blue Water Grill,  Caliente.  The Palmilla at the Victoria House
resort was the most expensive meal of the week, and the most disappointing
at any price.   
We stayed at Aquamarina Suites, which was fairly inexpensive, and adequate.
 We stayed in the main part of the building with an ocean view, people that
we spoke to that stayed in the north end of the building seemed less happy
with accommodations.  The desk and cleaning and maintenance staff were
great, bartenders and waitstaff at the mediocre on-site restaurant less
We dove with AquaDives, which is 3 minutes walk from the Suites.  They were
by and large ok, Id give them a 3.5 out of 5.  The boats were ok, some
divemasters were very good (Carlos and Michael in particular) some were
indifferent to somewhat rude.  The one major complaint was the trip to the
Blue Hole/ Lighthouse Reef  trip.  The trip can be, and was, very rough,
but I can deal with that (many couldnt, nothing else in nature replicates
that color of green on a seasick face).  The two reef dives were excellent,
the Blue Hole is a must dive that I wish Id skipped for the alternate
three- reef trip.  I dont see the point of diving to 135 just to dive to
135.  The bulk of pictures taken were of computers showing the depth.  The
real source of  my complaint had to do with the speed at which our skipper
navigated certain sections of very narrow channels through very shallow
reefs.  I thought he was going way too fast, but I figured hes probably
done this a million times.  I  didnt want to be the wimp that said
something.  Then I saw the petrified look on one of the divemasters face. 

Were going back in Feb 07, this time were trying The Palms, which seems
to get high marks on, and diving with Ramons next door.   
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