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

Belize Dive Connection/Sun Breeze Hotel, Aug, 2011,

by David Bader, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports). Report 6172.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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