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

Ramon's Village, Aug, 2006,

by Mark Fenton, MD, USA . Report 2877.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Roatan, St. Vincent, St. Croix, Bahamas, Bonaire, Key Largo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only the usual...recommended max depth, 500 psi minimum, time limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Ramons Village proved to be a great resort, and delivered on all of their web page's promises. Food was good, but not great or particularly generous for the price. Better, more-for-the-money meals found within walking distance in town, especially at Elvi's. Rooms were very clean and adequately cooled. Beach was well maintained and always had lots of available space and lounges. The dive staff was very friendly and accommodating, but the manager at the dive shop could work on his 'people skills'. If you pre-book dives here, expect to use 'em or lose 'em. Reef structure and condition was great, with mostly spur-and-groove formations and a few swim-thrus. Nurse sharks are common, enough so that on some dives you'll stop noticing them, but otherwise the reefs are somewhat fished out. We did see rays and turtles on more than one dive. Dove the Blue Hole with another shop, Ocean Divers, and highly recommend using them for the Blue Hole. It was a great experience, partly because we got lucky and had lots of reef and even some blacktip and bull sharks circling the rim. Staff gave a thorough briefing, and watched closely during the dive, but didn't restrict or nag us. From 130 feet, you get an eery feeling looking up at the silouetted sharks slowly circling above.
Another recommendation...rent a golf cart and drive up to Captain Morgan's for lunch and a swim, and a pina colada.
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