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Dive Review of Ramon's Village Resort in
Belize

Ramon's Village Resort, Jun, 2010,

by John Hollingsworth, TX, US ( 1 report). Report 5541.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Purchased accommodation/dive package. Eddie Palma was our Dive Master for 2/3 of the Ramon's dives, Touriano was the Dive Master for the last 2. Touriano was a fabulous well experienced gentleman (older aged) and we definitely recommend him for beginners or someone wanting a extremely well briefed and slower pace. Eddie is an aggressive Dive Master well suited to intermediate and advance levels.

We used Amigos del Mar for the Blue Hole/Half Moon Wall/Aquarium dives on Lighthouse Atoll as well as our 3 dive excursion to Tourneffe Atoll (Elbow/Tarpon/Vincente). Amigo's is on a planet of their own and we plan on using them for the majority of our dives on the next visit. Johnny runs a great boat (?52' twin diesel), and Mike, Alex and George functioned very well as our Dive Masters. Our favorite Dive Master was Mike as he has a keen awareness of sites of interest and he was most helpful above water also. Amigo's do the small things very well from coconut rum drinks on the return to shore and ice cold Snickers Bars and a fabulous fruit table with Johnny Cakes and ice cold drinks and fresh cold water. Amigo's lunch is a fabulous rice n beans with a stewed chicken dish and potato salad, with a flan coconut pie.

We regret taking the 3mm wet suits as we did not need them (even for the Blue Hole). Our Ikelite/Nikon L22 performed flawlessly, which was a blessing as ALL of our companions diving with the new Sealife DC1200 had failures at or below 90 feet with their units. Ramon's accommodations were very nice (Garden View room) and we utilized the prepaid breakfeast package and since the service starts at 07:00 our few 05:30 pickups for Amigo's diving kept us from eating breakfeast we had payed for.

San Pedro is full of great affordable food, and we regret bogging down in the usual restaurants the first few nights, as we were able to find some real great street food for a few bucks per person. Hot find was the new beachfront restaurant called Hurricanes just 3 piers north from Ramon's. Fabulous ceviche, lobster & shrimp creole and wonderful fish fingers!

Ramon's Dive Manager Rick is challenged when it comes to people skills, and he has been written up in this publication before. I worked very hard to establish a good relationship with Rick and he did come out of his shell. Ramon's rental gear is average with a few regulator squawks in our group. Eddie, Michael, Luis, Touriano, and Cha Cha are fabulous people and went out of their ways to make us feel at home. The waiter Jack in the restaurant is Eddie's brother and Jack was a wonderful server with a super personality.

Next trip we will stay at Ramon's but put our dive kit in a locker at Amigo's and dive there.
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