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

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Snyder, TN, USA
Report Number 336
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
  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. ( 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, 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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