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

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Fenton, MD, USA
Report Number 2877
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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