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Dive Review of aqua dives/sunbreeze hotel in
Belize/ambergris caye

October, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by glen kitchens, nm, usa
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 826
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
florida, numerous carribean locations, mexico, fiji, papua new guinea,
australia, micronesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
86   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives are guided by divemaster, start @ one point & end at another.
Only restriction was depth.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Aqua Dive boats are large & roomy w/ fresh water containers for camera
equipment. Divemasters always prompted new divers not to use the camera
tanks for mask rinse, etc. As a photog, I appreciated the accomodations.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
My photographer friend & I had been here nine years earlier. The town
of San Pedro (right next door to the hotel)has changed little in that time.
Estel's Dine by the Sea still makes the best conch fritters in the
Carribean, & there is still a talented wood carver on every corner.
Sunbreeze Hotel is very good setup for divers w/ tile floors & lots of
room to spread gear. Hotel has a restaurant, pool & bar on-site. We did
not do the hotel meal package because there are lots of good restaurants in
San Pedro (esp. Estel's).

The Belize dollar is fixed at 2:1 to US dollar & prices on everything
from Belikin beer to fine wood carvings are quite reasonable.

Aqua Dive is located on the grounds of the Hotel. Their operation is much
improved over nine years earlier, w/ several large well-accomodated boats
& very well-trained divemasters, esp. Carlos & Donovan - these guys
are very professional. All boats carry oxygen, first aid & cell phones
& divemasters give good briefings.

When here before, the day trip to the Blue Hole was just that - boat ride
over, one dive & boat ride back. Now the package is much-improved w/
130' Blue Hole dive, lunch on Half Moon Caye where you can observe nesting
Booby birds from an observation tower, & two very pristine wall dives -
Half Moon & Eagle Ray walls. Cost for this day trip is $185 US. When
winds & waves are not bad, boat ride is 2.5 hrs. each way. On a rough
day, it can be an hour longer each way.

The Blue Hole is an unforgettable dive - stalagmites / stalagtites @ 130'
w/ numerous reef sharks & even bull sharks constantly circling in the
open water. This is the most sharks I've seen outside of Palau. One of our
divers became somewhat narc'd on this deep dive & credits an excellent
pre-dive briefing w/ not freaking out @ depth. 

The only negative comment I can make on the whole operation is the fact
that dive management will allow any paying diver to dive the Blue Hole. On
our boat, we had 4 inexperienced divers that should not have been allowed
to do the dive, in my opinion. Over Belikin beer later, the divemaster
Donovan agreed w/ this, as it's his ass on the line if a diver doesn't stop
@ 130' & he indicated he's chased more than one into the depths &
dragged them back to reality.

Overall, I would go back to Belize tomorrow.
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