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

Bottom Time/Villas at Banyan Bay, Jul, 2003,

by William Walton, Tx, USA . Report 576.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cozumel, Puerto Rico, St. Eustatius, Panama, Florida Panhandle
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Vary relaxed. Fun, yet safe.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 Ambergris Caye has the most hospitable natives that I have met in the Caribbean. The Villa at Banyan Bay was only $175 per nite (low season special rate, normally $275), with impeccable ammenities: two bedroom condo, with all the extras (jacuzzi, cable TV, tile floor, everything new and well kept). We looked all over, from Banyan Bay (one mile south of town) through San Pedro and nothing compared with this place to stay. Dont worry about trying to get an ocean front room. The pool side rooms are fine. We ate at four great restaurants: Elvi's; Blue Water Cafe; Ricos (at Banyan Bay), and Caliente. San Pedro is a really interesting town. Went to a local night time soccer game ($1.00 Belize admission) and the stands were packed, with the announcer speaking both English and Spanish... Dive off the reef with Rudy Duran of Bottom Time.. he's the best diver master that I've been with.. he'll take you to the greatest spots with nurse sharks, turtles, caves (if you want) will point out everything that you would have otherwise missed... Ambergris Caye's reef is not the best diving that I've had, (thats Bonaire, for me) but the overall experience was..

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Bring as much food from home as you can. The grocery store is really expensive.
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