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Dive Review of Protech Dive Centre/NA in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

Protech Dive Centre/NA, Dec, 2004,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, usa . Report 1534.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Palau, Cozumel, Tonga, PNG, Vanuatu, Thailand, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive time would have been limited to 45 minutes had I not made prior arrangements
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We found ourselves on Ambergris Caye for several days and decided to see what the local dive operations were like. We fortunately find this operation located at the Belize Yacht Club. Protech is unusual in this area in that they 1) provide Nitrox, 2) specialize in smaller boats and 3) will allow you to dive your computer and your air consumption. It seemed to us that most operations on the Caye are not used to experienced divers; when I completed my dive at about 70 minutes (still with air but cold), the dive master asked if I was "experienced"...So if you're planning to dive on Ambergris, check with this operation and if you want to dive your computer and your tank instead of an arbitrary limit, go over the details with the manager or before you leave the dock. Once I did discuss my desire to dive longer, the dive master was fine and we had a nice dive. To top it off, they took just the two of us (my snorkeling mate and myself) out for the dive! By the way, if the management at your resort tries to steer you to another dive operation, resist -- they may be getting a commission from the bigger dive operations.
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