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Dive Review of Splash Dive/Colbri House in
Belize

Splash Dive/Colbri House, May, 2008,

by Dan Fazekas, VA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4120.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Roatan, Honduras, Placencia and Ambergris Caye, Belize)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Whale Shark diving profile is 80 feet maximum, average 50 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Boats are under 40' long, twin outboard, no head, but hard cabin to keep dry and out of the sun. Large freshwater bucket deadicated to camera and video.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Splash Dive near the fishing dock in Placencia, was very organized, even by North American standards. Our arrangements were made well in advance corresponding via email with Patty at Splash and also Placencia-based travel guide Mary Toy. She also knows Punta Gorda and helped us for our stay there. Splash organized a group dinner and provide a detailed dive briefing on whale sharks on Saturday night, a social and educational event. Sunday diving was the barrier reef near Silk Caye, and was outstanding. An ancient leatherback turtle checked us out as soon as we entered the water. Schooling silversides cloaked the reef. Large grouper hovered at cleaning stations. Our divemasters, Louis and Warren, let us dive our own profiles, and served as underwater naturalists, pointing out the small critters. Lots of arrowhead crab, colorful tube sponges, and soft corals. Monday to Wednesday was devoted to whale sharks. Because of our four day stay instead of the usual five, we switched boats on day two and our Divemaster was Prince. He found schools of spawning snapper and we encountered the first of four whale sharks within five minutes and they each made a couple of passes. Tuesday and Wednesday were not as successful, though conditions were ideal, the spawning snapper stayed around 200' deep. We encountered a small 18' whale shark near the surface as we were ending our dive. We also sighted a manta ray about 70' deep. But those dives were mostly an underwater hike, nothing strenuous, but continuous finning to find the snapper schools.
Colibri House (apartment) rents daily and weekly, is clean and quiet, and is right on the beach at the north end of the sidewalk. There is no A/C, but lots of screens and fans kept us cool on the warmer than usual nights. Recommend both the dive operation and the accommodations. Meals at nearby DeTatch were exceptional. Best conch fritter anywhere. Breakfast at Wendy's near the dock is good, and conveniently located. Wendy even opened early to accommodate the Splash divers. Barefoot Bar in town is great hangout, but don't miss Yoli's thatched bar near the Moorings office, which always has a breeze and friendly locals. If you are interested, dinner can be served there by request from Merlene, across the path.
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