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Dive Review of Casa Playa Blanca in
Belize/Ambergris Cay

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Linda Briggs, Tx, USA
Report Number 2099
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti, Cozumel, Bahamas, St Lucia, Curacao, BVI, USVI, Turks
& Caicos, Honduras Bay Islands, Little Cayman, Puerto Rico, Jamaica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth and time was restricted, although time restrictions were not really
adhered to.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Cameras were not handled with care by boat staff.  No camera table on boat.
 Rinse bucket was 5 gallon bucket in which some cameras didn't fit all the
way into.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
1 stars    
I don't think owner Gaz Cooper knows how rude and unaccommodating his staff
is. All of my dealings with Gaz prior to the trip were great. His office
person is also very service oriented. However, once on the boat, it's a
totally different story. Boat captain drove the boat wrecklessly including
going way too fast at night in choppy seas. We had to tell him more than
once to slow down. He made rude comments about the weight of some of our
female divers. On dives there were very few attempts to show us any
critters. The divemaster was obviously embarrassed by the actions of the
boat captain. He was fairly new as resort staff but was the most friendly
and helpful of anyone.
The so-so food at the resort was $20 and no menu. You ate what was there.
However, you could take a $10 water taxi into San Pedro and buy food at the
grocers or just eat in town. No cooking as the only air conditioning was in
the bedrooms. A/C in my room didn't cool much.
We asked to set up our own equipment but boat captain didn't like this as
it cut into his off time. Guests who were leaving as we arrived told us the
crew had smashed their computer faces due to tanks being thrown about the
boat. Crew denied it but we also witnessed a lack of care when crew moved
equipment around the boat.
I took a group of 14 people and not one was satisfied with the service we
received. We had 2 divers who only got to make 1 dive due to ear problems.
They asked if they could be charged for only the dives they made but they
were denied and had to pay the full diver package for the week. 
I will never go back there and would not recommend it to anyone.
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