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

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by William Walton, Tx, USA
Report Number 576
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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