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Dive Review of Amigos Del Mar/Ruby's Hotel in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

Amigos Del Mar/Ruby's Hotel, Aug, 2004,

by Mike Frayn, FL, USA . Report 1366.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Bay Islands, Curacao, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Catalina, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Amigos Del Mar lived up to their reputation as a really good dive operation. I checked out most of the dive operations along the downtown strip and this appeared to be the best operation. I was on Ambergris Caye during low season so that might change when it was more crowded. They have numerous boats all in excellent condition with sun protection and padded benches. They wash and store your gear every night. They will pick you up and drop you off at your dock. The boat captain or divemaster help with putting on your gear. Entry is done by back roll. You hand up your gear at the end of the dive and climb the ladder. The seas ranged from smooth as a mill pond to 6 foot waves. Ambergris Caye has a fringe reef so boat rides did not last more than 10 minutes. The reefs were fairly healthy but lacked color. There was not a lot of small fish but we saw a fair number of nurse sharks, grouper and one huge Southern Ray. The dives typically lasted about 50 minutes with the requisite safety stop. The dive master kept everyone in sight and pointed out items of interest.

Rubys Hotel has two locations. One is on the beach which is very convenient to downtown San Pedro and Amigos Del Mar. The other location is on the lagoon side and looks like a fire trap. This hotel is for someone who is looking for a bargain and doesnt require amenities. The hotel is well worn but clean. Rooms range from $17.50 to $30 per night depending on size and whether you want A/C.

Restaurants were plentiful with reasonable prices for a Caribbean destination. The locals were friendly and made you feel welcome. Everyone spoke English.
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