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Dive Review of Amigos Del Mar/AquaVista in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

Amigos Del Mar/AquaVista: "Ambergris Caye, Amigos del Mar/AquaVista", Nov, 2016,

by Matt A, WA, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9320 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Dove Turneffe Island with Amigos del Mar from San Pedro, a 3-tank dive with meals for US$230, on their big Blue Hole boat, even tho we only had 6 divers. Dive operation was well run and probably the largest on the island. Took about 1.5 hrs to get to Turneffe, big boat was a blessing. Diving was good, not great. We dove 3 sites on the north end with the last site called the Mini-Elbow being the best. Vast array of fish life and pretty healthy corals. 60 to 80 ft vis. (They said it was too far to go to the Elbow on the south tip.) The only challenging part was getting up the ladder in the chop. There was only one other dive boat in the area that I saw. Just a note - the two 'other' dives on the Blue Hole trip are at Long Caye and Half Moon Caye, both excellent dive sites even if the Blue Hole might not excite you. I only dove Hol Chan locally, which is a nice shallow cut dive. I did hear of numerous eagle ray sightings in the canyons outside the reef as well as dolphin dives. I would dive with these guys again.

We stayed at AquaVista hotel, a nice little 6-room place on the north side of town. Friendly staff, clean cool rooms. Next door to Wayos Bar, a happening place (all the time). Very comparable to Paradise Villas just down the beach, which are maybe a little nicer and a little quieter. Next time we think we'll try Caye Casa which, like Paradise, has a pool. AquaVista has a nice beach but no pool. We like to stay within walking distance of town and prefer the north side, from the Phoenix up to Caye Casa. The Sunset Suites and Mayan Princess in town also look nice. There a very nice places further up and down the beach, but factor in a golf cart rental at US$60/day.
Doc's was our favorite place to eat, but there are many good places. And whatever you do, don't miss the Hermit crab races at Crazy Canucks on Tue nights!
Websites Amigos Del Mar   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Worldwide
Closest Airport Getting There Tropic Air

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 76-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay close
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 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]
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We're trying to determine if diving in Belize will be a good experience. We were disappointed in Bonaire...everything was beige and little marine life. Any guidance will be appreciated.
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