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Dive Review of Splash Dive/Colbri House in

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Dan Fazekas, VA, USA
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Report Number 4120
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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

Water Temp
82   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Whale Shark diving profile is 80 feet maximum, average 50 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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