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Dive Review of Avadon Divers/Seaspray Hotel in
Belize/Placencia

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Doug Freer, TX, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5601
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
mexico, bahamas, caymans, virgin islands, roatan, gulf coast, keys,
atlantic, catalina island
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
We followed the limits and restrictions of the whale shark protected zone
at Gladden Spit  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
At Gladden Spit I swam 10 feet from a 25 foot whale shark for 6 minutes,
beginning on the surface and continuing down to 80 feet.  I stopped at 80
feet because this is the depth limit imposed at Gladden Spit.  The whale
shark swam along at a slow pace, he almost seemed to enjoy the company.  On
May 1 and 2, at Gladden Spit  only a few people got a one time brief glance
of a whale shark.  But on May 3 we had 3 seperate 25 foot whale sharks come
to our group of 15 divers.  The divemaster did a great job of pointing out
the whale shark that was on the surface right above us. At first glance I
thought it was another small dive boat.  

There were schools of thousands of snapper down at 90 feet or so, they were
exciting to see especially when they started their spawning behavior.  We
also saw a dolphin swimming up and down in a school of snapper.

On another day we made a visit to Glovers Reef with Splash Divers.  It was
a 1 hour boat ride, but it was a pristine reef.  We saw a 10 foot green
moray eel swimming in the open water and then curve with S shaped curves as
he swam through the side of the reef.  
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