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

Aqua Dives/Sunbreeze Hotel, Dec, 2008,

by Watt Hinson, Texas, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 4574.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Local Texas, Truk, Yap
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 34
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Typical dive profiles: 80' for 40 min & 60' for 40 min, although after they were comfortable with the diver more freedom was allowed as to depth.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was a combimation birthday, anniversary and Christmas gift for the family. My wife, two sons and wives spent 12/6 - 12/13 on Ambergris Caye. I booked the hotel and dive package thru Bay Adventures. Everything was as we requested including three adjoing rooms on the second floor of the hotel. Flights were direct from Houston; on time and no missing luggage.

The Sunbreeze is a step up from most dive hotels we stay at. The rooms were large, beds comfortable, and plenty of hot water. Refrigerators and TVs are in each room. Maid service was dependable. The rooms do not have balconies rather they open onto a common outside walkway. As a result our drying wetsuits and gear were open to anyone that walked by, although nothing came up missing. The resturant and bar were excellent, although somewhat expensive.

Aqua Dives provided very good service. We book the standard two tank trips, but upgraded to three tanks per day for six days when we checked in and requested nitrox for three of the divers. Our gear (BCs & regs) were on the boat each day with the correct tanks. The nitrox mix was dead on 32% every tank.

While catering to recreational divers, the DM did allow me freedom to dive my own profile as long as I came up with the group. Eric (our primary DM) was excellent; briefings were thourgh and he went out of his way to id fish life. I heard nothing but excellent comments about him from other divers on the boats.

We did book the Blue Hole trip (three dives plus lunch). I would not have done it, except that my sons had not dove the Hole. Took the whole family (4 divers & 2 snorklers), all had a good time. The dive shop provided a guide for the snorklers, which was a nice plus.

I really can't say anything negative about Aqua Dives, other than I normally prefer to be with more experienced divers and allowed more freedom. I think they offer that, but our group was a mixed bag of experience, so I can't fault them.

Weather could have been better three cloudy days, four windy days and generally high 70s to low 80s. The locals indicated this was their winter. Swells got to 3' to 5' one day.

All in all an excellent trip, which we plan to repeat.
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