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Dive Review of Avadon Divers in
Belize/Plancencia

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by sharon dickinson, KY, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5878
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Micronesia, Thailand, everywhere Caribbean, Galapagos, Hawaiian
Islands, Coastal USA (all), Fiji, Tahiti, etc, etc
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Just safe profile for day charter - very well organized, a bit regimented
for the experienced, but were very accomodating once they assessed diver's
skill level.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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  
5 stars  
Comments
Avadon had fresh water rinse and fresh water tanks for cameras, plus also
had a camera table. There was one on-site underwater photographer who was
very personable and helpful.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Avedon Divers has Newton 45 boat which has plenty of room for divers and
snorkellers. Not to worry - snorkellers are dropped off at more practical
snorkel sites close to shore. Anne-Marie is amazing, she and her brother
Phillipe are from Jamaica, and really run a first class operation.
Courteous, accomodating, reasonable, and professional. I am not a huge fan
of 'day-boats', but they really assisted each person on an individual basis
(we had a diver with a back injury and they were very helpful). They set
up, transfer, and breakdown and clean all gear, even your personal gear.
Plenty of fresh fruit, water, and great food on board. Philip is a sea
lover and a very protective diver, making sure everyone is safe.
However,once he assesses a divers skills, he certainly is very respectful
of everyone's abilities. Although they are not the cheapest dive operator
in Placencia, they are the most professionsl, offer the best service, and
have fast and reliable boats, and I would highly recommend them to all
experience levels. They do take out snorkellers as well but drop them at
shallow sites near islands, which makes it a nice day if you are travelling
with non-divers and want to spend time together. 

Anne-Marie is super personable and spreads out a nice breakfast in the
morning for the dive ride out - coffee, tea, juice, breakfast baked goods.
She adds a sunny demeanor even if the clouds are out. Lunch is either
sandwiches or for three tank days, a wonderful hot meal with stew chicken
and rice and beans and slaw, with Marie Sharp's hot sauce (of course!).
Fresh cut fruit is abundant between dives. No one goes hungry. 

 My only wish was that the weather was sunnier and the boat rides were
shorter, but it was nice to dive pristine reefs. If you do not want long (1
hour plus) boat rides, do not choose Placencia for your land destination to
stay!

As far as dive sites, there were fewer larger fish due to the lionfish
issue, however, we dove Ranguana, Pampion, and Turneffe. 

Dives were nice at all three locations, however,Turneffe was fantastic, and
still featured large marbled and black grouper, amberjack and horse-eye
jack and dog, yellow-tail, and mutton snapper, also mackeral and barracuda.
There were hawksbill and green turtles. Also had a great spotting of the
very rare and seldom seen white-spotted splendid toadfish which is
exclusive to Turneffe - yee-ha! Plenty of shrimp, crabs, flamingo tongues,
spotted eagle rays, sting rays, lobsters, and green and spotted eels. Some
conchs, and cowries. Awesome coral formations for the caribbean, and nice
anemones. 
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