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Dive Review of Bottom Time/Villas at Banyan Bay in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Mudrick, KS, U.S.A.
Report Number 1250
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel; Roatan; Grand Cayman; Bonaire; Key Largo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
The Villas at Banyan Bay had spacious, beautiful facilities and friendly
service--top-notch.  Bottom Time divers was safe and dependable, and our
divemaster Rudy was friendly, attentive and safe.  Rudy's the best.  He
pointed out things we never would have noticed, especially on the night
dive.  Visibility was only average or slightly above, but the diving was
outstanding.  We swam with nurse sharks, saw turtles and two large spotted
eagle rays, barracudas, etc.  Visit Shark-Ray Alley, where you can snorkel
with nurse sharks and sting rays.  The people on Ambergris Caye were quite
friendly, and we felt safe.  Some kids did try to sell us necklaces and
other things, but they weren't pushy.  For at least a day or two, rent a
golf cart for transportation.  Our trip to the mainland for the jungle
river cruise was interesting (we saw manatees) but overpriced, and the boat
trip to the mainland was too long and rough.  By the time we arrived, I was
seasick.  The food in Ambergris Caye was decent, and our favorite was a
small place called Papi's Diner.  We loved Amergris Caye, Banyan Bay and
Bottom Time, and hope to try this again.    
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