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Dive Review of Gaz Coopers/Playa Blanca Dive Resort in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Wallace, IN, USA
Report Number 1741
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Belize, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cancun, Caymans, Florida Keys, Guadeloupe,
Indiana, Puerto Rico, Red Sea and Vietnam
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Do not empty the tank.  Dive own profile with computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Excellent handling of camera equipment by staff.  Fresh water tub in shade.
 No film processing.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Second trip to Belize and 2nd time with Playa Blanca/Gaz Cooper.  This is a
first class operation - great DM's (especially Andy, Oscar and Elijah). 
Gaz is a real person - great with guests and willing to make arrangements
for whatever is necessary for guest comfort.  Food at resort is great and
there are three excellent ($$$) restaurants within 5 minutes walk along
beach.  Rooms are huge with full kitchen, HOT WATER showers and air
conditioning.  Dive operation is basic with very small groups (no more than
6 total on boat),  Mooring buoys always used.  Dive briefing after one
monitored checkout dive is just that - BRIEF - "You know da rules - no
lotta talkin - suit up once - let's dive!"  The dive sites are
PRISTINE!  You name the fish, it's there.  Chummed for nurse sharks and
groupers - 50 minutes of "hands on" fun and frolic!  The
"alley" had 3kt current - That was not fun - lotsa work.  On
three out of six days, our surface interval was in town (San Pedro) for
lunch and a little shopping than back out for another deep dive (90+) and a
third dive along the reef on the way back to the resort.  Night dive at Hol
Chan - OUTSTANDING (Sharks, groupers, rays, octo's, turtles, lobsters, etc,
etc, etc.)  All dives were acceptable for beginners (pushing edge) all the
way to advanced.  Many swim throughs (some really tight) and accompanied by
nurse sharks (a little unnerving for my wife).  Most dives are multi-level
with max at 110' at bottom of reef cuts up reef walls to 70'.  Reef
dwellers abound and there are always several barracuda and morays hanging
around to make your day exciting.  This is diving!  No crowds, virgin
reefs, tons of fish, outstanding resort, great food, brilliant moonlit
skies, bright stars and great dive operator.  Who could ever ask for more?
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