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Dive Review of Ramon's Village in
Belize/Ambergris Cay

Ramon's Village, Jan, 2004,

by Chuck Finberg, NY, US . Report 902.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 45 minutes timed on group dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

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

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Previous critical report on Ramon's Village should be taken with heavy dose of salt. We had a great time! Small group diving on small, responsive boats. We dove all week with excellent divemaster, Luis, who gives most thorough initial orientation, and then respects divers' abilities -- nearby and observant but not intrusive once he knows your abilities; but ready, involved and safety-conscious with less-experienced divers when needed. Knows the reef and canyons, and where to find the fish. Ramon's Village accommodations are good, though not luxurious -- high thatched roof huts with a/c and ceiling fans, older bathroom appliances. All staff, from dining to office, to bar, to pier, are extremely friendly and will help in every way; great service. Meal prices are reasonable. Rooms that adjoin the main road can be noisy at night with a/c off -- if you want a bar that's open late, walk down the beach, as this place sleeps at night. Town of San Pedro is pleasant, not developed -- no high rise hotels, no fast food chains. One good internet cafe. No one hassling you on the streets. Several good (not fancy) restaurants, with sand floors. The pier at Ramon's Village is well suited for divers -- close to the rooms, restaurants, bar and bathrooms. Clean-up and storage areas are handy. Ten minutes to and from several dive sites, which offer "canyon" coral outcroppings, like fingers extending into the Gulf. Numerous spotted eagle rays patrol the canyons. Nurse sharks and hawksbill turtles often seen, along with lobsters, countless grouper, blue chromis, parrot/angel/damselfish, goldenhead jawfish, barracuda, and a resident spotted drum or two. Typically no current or very mild surge, so you can home right in on whatever you want to see. On one day when I was the only member of my group to dive, I was given the option either of joining another group or, as I'd already been to one spot a couple of times, to have a separate boat and divemaster to myself. Ramon's Village serves divers. Day trips to the mainland can be arranged, as can night dives. Near to airport as well. We plan to return and dive with Luis at Ramon's Village again.
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