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Dive Review of Bigfish/Frenchie's/Ignazio Beach Cabins in
Belize/Caye Caulker

Bigfish/Frenchie's/Ignazio Beach Cabins, Mar, 2008,

by Robert J Britton, Ct, United States ( 1 report). Report 4032.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Mexico, Florida, Ed's Brownstone Quarry, Connecticut and Glouster , Mass
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 0 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions DM profile with some flexibility
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I visted Caye Caulker (Belize) for one week and stayed at Ignazio's beach cabins for $24 US per night. Caulker is very laid back, no cars, food is somewhat expensive, beer ( $2.50 US). The two best local dive operators are Bigfish and Frenchie's. I dove with each of them twice. The Caulker local dives are okay but nothing spectacular. The best local dive is probably the Marine park where you see some bigger fish and spotted eagle rays. The Blue Hole Lighthouse Reef trip is about a 2 1/2 hour boat ride depending on weather. March - April can be windy here (and also along Yucatan Penn in Mexico). The wall dives off lighthouse reef and Turneffe Islands are well worth the trip, spectacular coral formations. Part of the lighthouse reef area is no fishing so you see some bigger fish ( ie Grouper).

Beware ! There are many vendors soliciting dive business. Most are brokers and the operators come from Belize City or Ambergis who stop at Caulker to fill dive boats. My friends had a very bad experience booking a dive this way. I would stick with Bigfish or Frenchie's.
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