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Dive Review of Roberts grove/Calico Jacks in

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by scott johnson, ca, usa
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports)
Report Number 2461
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Christmas Island, Australia, Truk, Galapagos, Sipadan, Hawaii, Red
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
You had to ask for a bucket everyday.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
I arrived in Belize-Placencia on 5-9 thru 5-16 for WhaleShark diving which
was 3 days before the full moon and dove with Roberts Grove.

Water temps 82 to 84, seas rough to calm.Everything I found on the
internet and people I spoke with said three days before and after the full
moon is when the Cubera Snapper are spawning.Thus WhaleSharks in the
Gladden Spit!....well upon my second day of swimming in the blue for an
hour at a time (prior to the full moon).I asked one of the Dive Masters
what was going on?..she asked where did you hear that 3 days before the
full moon? She said it is usually the 3 days after the full moon for the
WhaleSharks and always has been! Well three dive trips, 6 total dives at
the Gladden Spit, $750 last dive day (a day after the
full moon) there were people who had not dove in a year.They put them in
6-9 plus seas and strong currents!....They had to spend time adjusting
weights, blowing thru air etc.Thus cutting dive times by 25 minutes! I
know nothing is guaranteed (but I was told by more than one person that
seeing WhaleSharks was).but cutting your odds on $225 plus a day diving is
greed on Roberts grove part. 

Besides the WhaleShark diving it was typical Caribbean diving. I dove Silky
and Sapodilla Cays. Some pretty beige soft corals and at Sapodilla some
hard Corals.and some pretty fishies.once in awhilehere and
therejust...OK diving. Roberts put 9 divers plus crew on a boat that
should have had no more than 4 to 5 divers on it.

Belize is very expensive. I found the diving, meals, transportation to be
the most expensive in the world. I can go to Palau for 10 days or more for
what it costs to go to Belize for 5 daysand the diving is not in the same
league.I have seen more in 30 minutes on a bad dive day in Palau,
Christmas Island, Australia, Hawaii, Sipadan and even Costa Rica-Cano
Island area that had visibility at 15 to 20..Than I did in my 10 hours
being underwater in Belize.

Would I go again?...I do not knowPerhaps with an all expense paid
trip.paid by someone else!
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