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Dive Review of FRENCHIES in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by DAVE BENSON, CO, USA
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Report Number 3869
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
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Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
TROPICS HOTEL  - NOT GOOD  - was quoted one price on the Internet web site,
$55.00/night, and my credit card was charged a higher price, $59.99 plus
taxes. When questioned on this via the Internet no response was received.
Cabana poor, shower ran continuously and management could not be bothered
to fix it.  Hot water sometimes.  Toilet loose on the floor, that seal was
broken thus sewage leaked onto the bath floor continuously.  Rooms cleaned
and beds made when they wished to and not every day.  No mirror in the
bath.  Noisy location at night.  Not really a beach front Cabana as it is
across Front Street and the mobile BBQ stand often sets up on the beach
side giving us the aroma of BBQ chicken and pork. We walked away from
several prepaid nights.  On the plus side the food on the island was very
good.  We can recommend Wish Willies even though it looks strange and the
tiny Coffee Shop on Front Street.

Dive operations:  two recommended to us:
	Frenchies  (we dove with them)  very conservative profiles.  Small boats
but ample size for a small group.  They talk of having cover but will not
let anyone sit under it to stay out of the sun.  No lunch with a two-tank
day, we were given a slice of watermelon on one day. They do take good care
of customers equipment and have it ready for the next day washed and
dried.   Abel (a bell) the owner is a good source of information on tours
of the Maya Ruins as he is proud of his Mayan heritage and has visited the
sites himself.  He is bringing in NITROX.  I would recommend his

On several occasions I spoke with the owner of Black Durgon Scuba, Simeon
Young.  He seems to be a very nice and straight
young man who is just getting started.  Has O2 with him  for dives, will
only work with small groups  not more than six.  He is a PADI divemaster.

Dove Spanish Point
	Poor.  Vis about 45 feet.  Water temp about 80°f, spur and groove but
covered in algae.  Largest fish seen were a two-foot grouper and an
eighteen-inch Cuda.  All the usual tropicals, French and Queen Angels,
several Butterflies, Wrass, Ferry Basslets.  Did see one Southern Sting
Ray, Turtle and two Octopus.

Dove the Local Reef  -  nice formation of spur and groove but covered in
algae.  Vis about 35 feet.  Saw a turtle and the usual small tropicals.  
It could be a nice dive if the light had been good and the vis better.  

The islands motto seems to be Go Slow and they do.  It is very laid back
nice friendly island to visit and we did see several nice hotels.  If we go
back we will look at the Seaside Cabanas,

With the quality of diving at $50/tank and the poor hotel we cut our time
on Caye Caulker short and returned to Belize City to see some ruins.

Went to Lamini Ruins with Greenwood Adventures.  Nice day trip.  

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