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Dive Review of Big Fish/Private House Rental in
Belize/Caye Caulker

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by John Woolley, WA, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 3786
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Australia, Puget Sound
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depending on the dive, the profile was set by the dive master or
negotiated.  3 minute safety stop was strictly enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
First, a word on Caye Caulker.

As a fifty something, ex Peace Corps volunteer, I look for both comfort and
some authenticity.  Meaning that Im not interested in five star sterility.
 So Caye Caulker is the place for me.  Its a combination of comfort and
just the right level of funky: food on the street for a couple of bucks if
you like, or more expensive if you insist.  A fresh juice stand across the
street where a liter of freshly squeezed orange juice is $2, or a
restaurant a little further up where you can get a $3 espresso.

For our second trip, we rented a house.  There are plenty available.  Ours
was a really nice two bedroom for $700 a week.  You can go a lot cheaper or
more expensive.  Try Caye Caulker Rentals on the Internet: a nicely
designed website.

Now, the diving.  Most folks seem to know about the reef in Belize.  If
not, you are in for a great surprise.  Caye Caulker is about a 15-minute
boat ride to the famous Hol Chan and the marine park.  We spent a lot of
time there, going back many days.  We also dove the must do sights, such
as the Blue Hole.  The best part of the Blue Hole is the other dives,
particularly the Aquarium.  Make certain you also dive the Elbow.

We used Big Fish Divers, a well-established outfit on the island.  Since we
were a party of five, we frequently got one of the smaller boats (200 hp)
to ourselves and developed a lasting friendship with our dive master, Ish. 
He took us where we wanted, which was mostly his recommendations and let us
dive our profile.  For the trips to places such as the Blue Hole, we joined
larger groups on the bigger boat (600 hp).  That too was fine as he stayed
our dive master, but all the other dive masters are knowledgeable and very
friendly.  In the larger group, expect to dive a set profile,  And as
hoped, with 25 dives in two weeks, we got a nice discount. 

Finally, Belize.  Having traveled the world and still enjoying new places,
we keep going back to Belize.  Something about the place that really makes
you think you may have found that special place youve been looking for all
these years.
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