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Dive Review of Aqua Dives/Sunbreeze Hotel in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Dean Parrish, WA, United States
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4371
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Cozumel, Honduras, and at home in Seattle
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were usually kept to 50 minute dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Aqua Dives was a good dive shop and they took care of all your gear
everyday.  All you did is get on and off the boat.  They brought it out to
the boat and rinsed it afterward for you.  We didn't have any problem with
the dive shop, but I know a couple people did (they didn't stay at our
resort, they stayed north of our hotel) because they didn't run a special
boat a few days because enough people didn't sign up for it.  Aqua dives
had no way of getting a hold of these divers because their resorts had no
phones or ways to get a hold of these divers.  This just confirmed to us
that you should dive out of your resort.  

Diving was great and ending up seeing lots of nurse sharks.  Sometimes
around 20 at a time.  There were a couple of big moray eels and lots of
other fish to see.     

The food at our hotel was really good and was reasonable.  It was kind of a
higher end restaurant, so we only ate there a few times.  In between boat
dives, because they came in for surface intervals.  The dive shop also did
ran boat dives 4 different times a day, so you could pick which two you
wanted to go on.  Which was really nice if you didn't want to get up early,
you could sleep in and do a later dive.   Our boats were never full and
mostly had up to maybe 10 divers.  Most days it was about 6 divers. One day
it was us two and two divemasters, so we got to go on a special dive they
don't normally take people to.  

The hotel was good, nothing fancy, but was fine for diving.  At first they
put our room next to the main walkway, next to the kitchen.  That lasted
one night and we asked to be moved.  They did move us and the rest of the
time we had no problems. 

Town is only a couple of blocks away from the hotel and is very good and
reasonable.  Next to the hotel on the south side was a little hole in the
wall for breakfast.  Good and cheap.  For other dining, we really enjoyed
Elvi's (restaurant has a tree in the middle of it) and also Carumba's. 
Both of these places were really good and reasonable.  One day we did 4
dives and were really tired, so we ordered pizza from Pirate's Pizza.  They
delivered to the hotel on bicycles.  Pizza was really good.  

We went to a little coffee shop in town every night to get internet access
as it was not available at the hotel.  But the shop was nice and air
conditioned (a plus, compared to other cafe's) and we just got on the
internet  after we had dinner.

Ambergris Caye is really quant and the people there are really nice and
informative.  The means of transportation on the island is by golf cart and
we got a kick out of all the different ones they had and how they were

This was our first dive trip that was not all inclusive.  We enjoyed being
able to go into town and experience the local restaurants.   We do enjoy
the all inclusive because when you are hungry you don't have to go looking
for it, it is right there.  But since the downtown area is right around the
corner (within a 4 block radius), it is not a long walk.

It was a great trip and we will be going back again. 
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