Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
 

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

AquaDives/AquaMarina Suites, Feb, 2006,

by Joe Cadigan, Ma, USA . Report 2910.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Grand Cayman, Bermuda, Bonaire,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth of dives largely determined by bottom at 108', but for Blue Hole max 135'.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 so.
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 Tripadvisor.com, and diving with Ramons next door.
Was this report helpful to you?
Bookmark and Share
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 340 dive reviews of Belize and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share
Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that like to scuba dive. Want to see the Blue Hole, Caves, Mayan ruins and rainforests? Let us plan your adventure to Belize

Want to assemble your own collection of Belize reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!



Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.17 seconds