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

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Robert J Britton, Ct, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4032
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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

Water Temp
0   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
DM profile with some flexibility  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
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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