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Dive Review of Belize Dive Connection/Sun Breeze Hotel in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by David Bader, NC, US
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Report Number 6172
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All Over
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally 60-90ft for a max of 50 minutes.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Camera bucket was small and barely fit four point and shoot camera. By the
time we got to the dive sites, much of the water had splashed out.  No
dedicated camera table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
Ambergris Caye reefs are severely damaged from hurricanes and town runoff
with little color and large amounts of dead spots.  Guides did their best
to point out interesting fishlife and honored my wishes that they not
interact with the nurse sharks and moreys.  Although it is common practice
here to roll nurse sharks over and make them catatonic and coax green morey
eels out of their holes with treats.  On the plus side, there were nurse
sharks swimming on almost every dive.  Eagle Rays on about half the dives. 
Lots of green morey eels, turtles, black grouper, and yellow-tail snapper. 
Blue Hole is better seen from a helicopter than from a dive boat. 
Certainly not worth a two and a half hour boat trip in 3-5ft seas.  What
did make the trip worthwhile was the side trip to Half Moon Caye and
Aquarium.  Those were the best dives of the week.

Belize Dive Connection made sure all the dives on my must do list were hit
sometime during the week.  Best of Ambergris Caye were:  Eagle Ray Canyons,
Esmeralda, Tackle Box, and Cyprus Gardens. Boat crew were extremely
friendly and made a point of interacting with all the divers onboard.  They
were very open to comments and recommendations about boat procedures.  The
boat will accommodate over 20 divers but most of the week it was just our
group of 10.  At the end of each day, the crew washed the regs and BC's and
stored them overnight.  All we had to worry about was our personal gear.  I
would have liked to have dived nitrox at least for the deeper morning dives
but the analyzer was broken and I won't dive nitrox without analyzing it
first.

Sun Breeze hotel is very clean and well run.  It is right on the water and
next to the dive shop.  We had the deluxe rooms which were spacious and had
good A/C units.  The restaurant is one of the best in San Pedro with food
prices in the range of $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch, and $25 for dinner
(USD).  There are many other restaurants in walking distance of the hotel
but many are small and couldn't accommodate a group of 10 without a
reservation.  Some of my favorites were the Wild Mango, Fidos, and Elvies. 
For some local cuisine try Hurricanes.

This is my second trip to Belize and doubt I will return.  The people are
very friendly, the weather nice, and the businesses very helpful but the
reefs are in too bad of shape to make it a good trip for experienced
divers.
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