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

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Watt Hinson, Texas, USA (8 reports)
    Report Number 4574
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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