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Dive Review of Ramon's Village Resort in
Belize

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by John Hollingsworth, TX, US (1 report)
Report Number 5541
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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