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Dive Review of Ramon's Village + Amigos Del. Mar/Ramon's Village in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Herman Tessman, Va, USA
Report Number 2762
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Cozumel, Tangalooma Island (Australia), Local quarries as Asst
instructor
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
75   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within sight of dive guide, surface with reasonable reserve air
supply.  Those of with computers and cameras were pretty much left alone
while divemaster concentrated on less experienced divers. (Same with both
operations)  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Smaller 30ft boats had no provisions for cameras and minimal safety gear.
This may have been due to dive sites being 15 min from the dock! 
Barrier Reef is in sight of of dock.  I used digital, so had no problems
other than safely stowing camera while in boat.  30 foot boats are open
with sun shade and twin outboards. Dive masters/guides were friendly and
experienced.  Boats not crowded (shoulder season) so no real problems.
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
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Hotel is first rate, if a bit expensive. Food was very good, but not
gourmet fancy.  Non-diver wife wants to go back.  Beach is shaded and
wonderful. San Pedro town is small but safe,friendly, and close by. Ramon's
Dive operation is canted toward "average" diver with decent
rental gear.  Barrier reef is recovering from severe hurricane damage in
earlier years.  Lots of nice smaller soft corals and little critters.
Because it is adjacent to Hol Chan, nurse sharks are plentiful, as are big
grouper and turtles.  Booked trip to the Blue Hole/Lighthouse Reef through
Ramons' but they put me on Amigo Del Mar's big boat, since they had
insufficient registration to use their own 46' Pro Dive. Despite long bumpy
run to Blue Hole, Amigo Del Mar's trip was well run, food was plentiful,
including unlimited Rum and Cokes on the return trip!  Once there, dive
guides were fully occupied with unskilled divers and keeping them safe at
100+ feet where the cave architecture begins.  Again, left me and other
advanced divers to our own profiles.  Did shark feed before getting back on
boat at Blue Hole.  Then did Half Moon Caye Wall...a real stunner of a dive
and the best dive I have ever done!  NYC Diver who I met up with on Blue
Hole trip stayed and did Turneffe trip on Ramon's 46' Pro Dive and said it
was not as well run or as comfortable as Amigo's.
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