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Dive Review of Off the Wall/Slickrock Adventures in
Belize/Glovers Reef, Long Caye

Off the Wall/Slickrock Adventures, Jan, 2003,

by Tom Snyder, TN, USA . Report 336.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Belize law requires that all non liveaboard dives be guided. After one or two check out dives to establish level of competence, Carlos the DM was supportive of all profiles.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments All diving is done from skiffs without camera facilities, but the ride back to shore and a freshwater rinse is only 5 minutes.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Long Caye wall is justly famous - it is spectacular with huge coral heads, deep canyons, a 3000 ft wall and above average large and small sealife. For most divers it's a long 1.5 to 2 hr boat ride across open water; for the few who have learned about the Caye itself it's paradise.
Slickrock Adventures Inc. (www.slickrock.com) operates the Long Caye island resort as well as "Adventure Week" tours. Owner Cully Erdman has been in business for many years and knows the business. Slickrock owns half of the 13 acre caye, providing a tropical getaway with basic cabanas or tent palapas, solar power, excellent Belizean meals and unlimited access to every type of water sport equipment.
The "Off The Wall" dive operation is excellently managed, providing spectacular, personalized reef and wall diving with a boat ride never exceeding 5 minutes. Jim and Kendra Schofield run the operation (email to offthewall@btl.net), which is affiliated with PADI and offers Discover Scuba and refresher courses as well as basic and advanced classes. Dives are usually led by Divemaster Carlos, who has the sharpest eyes -- he showed us a white-lined toad fish, found only in Belize, and then only rarely. Although Belizean law requires that all dives be guided, Carlos is very accommodating. He's ready to dive any time you are, and as many times as you want. He challenged us to wear him out.
All dives were drift dives, with Junior, our boat captain, following bubbles. Groups were small (2-3 people), and the diving the best ever. We usually started with a deep descent on the wall, and worked our way back up with the final 10 minutes frequently spent above 20 feet over gorgeous reefs and an aquarium of reef fish and critters. Lobsters are huge and turtles and nurse sharks frequent visitors. Off the Wall "OWNS" Glover's Reef -- others only visit.
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