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Dive Review of Ecologic Divers in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jeffrey S. Levine, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5668
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Puerto Rico, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
86   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
These were guided dives.  Divers were asked to follow the dive leader. 
Some minor variation was permitted.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  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
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
A freshwater tank was available for cameras on the boats.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
N/A  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
[None]I dove with Ecologic Divers for a two week period this August and
want to provide some feedback on my experience.   Since this is a slower
part of the year for the Caribbean, I decided not to prebook my dives, but
rather see the shop first and decide how I felt.   I did e-mail Ecologic
beforehand to learn a little more about their shop.   Since the reviews for
them had generally been favorable, I didnt have any concerns.

Ecologic Divers was very flexible with me.   I made my decision to dive on
a day-by-day basis.   I opened up a tab by leaving a credit card imprint
which I then settled at the end of my stay.   I dove mostly two-tank
morning dives.   I was asked to show up at 8:30am so that we could get our
gear set up for the 9am dive.   Ecologics boats are equipped with first
aid kits, oxygen, and camera tanks.   If you have a camera and let them
know, they will fill the camera tank with water for you.    After we
boarded the boat, the divemaster gave a safety briefing about the safety
features of the boat.   We then proceeded to the reef.   Before we passed
through the reef channel, we were asked to get our fins and masks ready.  
One of the assistants on the boat then offered to rinse our masks for us.  
They had defogger on board for those who needed it.    We then went out to
the dive site.

The divemaster then gave a briefing of the dive site.   In general the
dives were 35-40 minutes plus a safety stop.     The divemaster repeatedly
told us to not touch any sea life and to watch our fins.   The emphasis was
on preserving the dive sites for the future.   We then entered the water
via a backroll entry.   We then descended and waited at the mooring line
until everyone was in the water.    We then followed the lead of the
divemaster until the end of the dive.   The divemaster pointed out various
creatures on the way.   There is a lionfish problem in Belize so the
divemaster would carry a spearing kind of device to kill them if they
appeared.   They emphasized that the lionfish is not native to the waters
and it this breed is threatening the survival of the other fish.

At the end of the dive, we surfaced.   Since the dives were drift dives,
the boat would come to pick us up.   The boat captain threw a line into the
water to make it easier to approach the boat in the presence of current.  
After we boarded the boat, the boat captain handed us hot towelsa nice
treat!

We then returned to the dock for the surface interval.   Ecologic provided
fruit, chips, salsa, and lemonade or a similar beverage.   After the
interval, we repeated the process for the second dive.  We were usually
back by 12:30pm.

All of the divemasters and boat captains were extremely friendly.   The
front desk staff was extremely helpful in arranging things.   They even
arranged an all day trip up to the northern part of Ambergris Caye where we
did two dives, had lunch, and a third dive.
The overall diving was good.   Visibility was good (70 feet or so).   The
fish life was the standard Caribbean types of fish with one notable
exception.I saw my first Manta Ray!


Overall, I really enjoyed my time with Ecologic.  The only shortfall from
my perspective is the short dive times.   I believe 35-40 minutes is just
too short.   Ecologic was very upfront about the dive times.   There was no
surprise per se.   They did work with me and got me into the water early so
I could get a few minutes more bottom time.  Nevertheless, I came up with a
lot of air.   When you combine that with a shorter surface interval, the
second dive can be a bit tricky.   I felt I had to really manage my first
dive more aggressively so I could get more bottom time during the second
dive.   Ecologic does offer Nitrox which would have enabled me to stay
deeper for the second dive but 35-40 minutes for a standard dive is still
too short.   I believe the average dive should be at least 50 minutes.   It
is for this reason alone that I did not give them the highest rating
possible.

Would I dive with Ecologic again?   Probably.  Overall they were very fun
to dive with and very environmentally conscious.   The only thing that
would keep me from diving with them again is the short dive times.
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