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

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Wallace, IN, USA
Report Number 1996
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cancun, Cayman, Cuba, Florida, Greece,
Guadeloupe, Saba, St. Barths, St. Maarten, Turkey, USVI
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with your buddy and back on board with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Typical separate tub for "Cameras Only".  No shore facilities for
film or digital.  This is an UWP "heaven" - it's all there for
the taking!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Playa Blanca Resort is 5.5K from town (San Pedro) - water taxi is only way
to town.  Buy groceries when you arrive with resort pickup (Andy or Oscar).
 All rooms are suites with full kitchen.  Resort has kitchen and 3 meals
each day (inclusive available, but expensive).  Several great restaurants
within 5 minute walk from resort.  But we came here to dive and that's what
it is all about in Belize.

This was our 2nd 8day/7 night trip to Ambergris and Playa Blanca/Gaz
Cooper.  It was everything the first one was, but better.  The barrier reef
just off-shore from the resort is a 5 minute boat ride to the best diving
in the Caribbean.  Want sharks?  They are all over the place.  Want rays? 
Mantas and southerns are everywhere.  Name the pelagic or other large fish,
especially very friendly grouper, and you can swim with them all every
dive.  Reef fish abound in every imaginable color and size.

Special photos and video of juvenile spotted drums was worth the whole
trip.  Wife made friends with a very tame nurse shark who
"played" with her for over 30 minutes - shark loved having her
tummy rubbed with hand fulls of sand.  Shark Ray Alley is to be dived once
in everyone's life for pure excitement and joy of playing with these
wonderful creatures.

Gaz Cooper runs the best small operator dive operation.  Andy, Oscar and
the rest of the staff is excellent, very professional and caring for each
guest as through they were family.  If you want casinos and night life,
Ambergris/Playa Blanca is not your place.  If you want to lay in a hammock
and see the stars, relax, read, and dive, dive, dive - then Playa Blance is
your resort and Gaz Cooper's is your dive operator.
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