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

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck Finberg, NY, US
Report Number 902
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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