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Dive Review of Ramon's Village Resort in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

March, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Matthew M Gayle, NJ, US (1 report, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Healthy reef, lots of sharks and rays"
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Roatan
Closest Airport
San Pedro
Getting There
We took a commuter flight from
Belize International to San
Pedro municipal airport

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Local dives: Must stay within visual range of dive master but otherwise can
dive own profile.  Buddy pairs must ascend for safety stop when one reaches
800 psi, dive master ascends (meaning everyone still in the water ascends
no matter air left) at 45-50 minutes.  
Blue Hole trip: more restricted  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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There was no fresh water rinse bucket for cameras on dive boats (including
boats making day trips).  The boat crew were good about handing cameras
down to divers in the water at the beginning of dives and then taking
cameras from divers exiting ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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2 stars  

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I've broken my thoughts down into three areas: local dives, Hol Chan, and
the Blue Hole day trip.

Local Dives: The dive shop has a number of boats of varying sizes tied to
the pier.  I am not sure how the dive shop manager assigned divers to boats
but we were happy to have been assigned to a boat with dive master Ernest
and boat captain Arnold.  We dove with them the first day and then
continued to dive with them for the duration of our trip excluding a day
trip for the Blue Hole (discussed below) and two afternoon dives for which
Ernest was not available.  We had read mixed reviews of this dive operation
online before arriving so we were prepared to walk away and book dives
elsewhere if our experience on the first dive was disappointing. 
Fortunately, it was not.  Both Ernest and Arnold were extremely
professional and helpful, always gave a thorough pre-dive briefing, always
seemed in control, and always seemed aware of safety issues without
micromanaging the divers.  Local dive sites were 5-10 minutes from the
dock, which made getting to and from them easy, even on two days with 6-8
foot swells.  The boats used for local dives are smaller, with the protocol
for water entry/exit being to walk toward the stern of the boat, sit on the
wide/reinforced gunwales on either side, put on fins and mask, be helped
into your BC by the crew, put your reg in, then roll off the boat.  At the
end of the dive, you remove your BC in the water, hand it up to the crew,
hand up your fins, and then climb a ladder aboard.  I learned to make sure
my gear was turned so the tank was between my BC and the boat before it was
pulled aboard to avoid my BC (and SPG) from being dragged up the side of
the boat.  

Visibility at the local dive sites was around 75 feet on most days even
when overcast.  The reef at most sites seemed to start at about 45 feet,
which made it difficult to keep the third dive of the day as shallow as I
would have preferred.  A typical day would be a first dive to 85-90', a
second dive to 60', and a shorter third dive to 45-60' during the third
dive.  While we went with the current during these local drift dives
rather than against it, the current was generally pretty weak so staying in
place to check something out or swimming back against the current was not a
problem.  On days with higher winds/waves, surge was more of 
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By Trailboss at Mar 21, 2016 15:29 EST  
Great review- Thanks for taking the time!
By deepsix2 at May 05, 2016 16:36 EST  
Thanks a lot. That was all I needed to know.
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