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Dive Review of Amigos Del Mar/Mayan Princess in
Belize/San Pedro Ambergris Caye

Amigos Del Mar/Mayan Princess, Aug, 2010,

by Bernard Urbanik, TX, US ( 2 reports). Report 5647.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Turks & Caicos, Grand Bahama, St Croix
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maintain visual contact with dive master and maximum depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Amigos del Mar facilities are immediately adjacent to Mayan Princess, a huge plus, since all we had to do was walk out the front door and get on the boat and go. This also allows for maximum sleep-in time. Amigos del Mar is a first class operation with Nitrox available at $10 per bottle. We dove with Catptain Rene and DM Tony, old regulars, according to previous Chap Book Reports. The skiff is fast and you roll in backward. For getting our they have a suitable ladder. We had a ten dive package and did not choose to go to the Blue Hole mainly due to added cost. Amigos del Mar have a large vessel well suited to the 12 hour Blue Hole Trip, however. Local diving consisted of racing outside of inner harbor and geting in the water all within about 20 minutes. Rene feeds the fish during entry and exit. I am nuetral about this practice as the fish do not seem to mind and it did not add any danger to the dives. We got about 55 minutes out of each dive. Surface interval was taken back at the shop where oranges and watermelon were in abundance. Wind was pretty much steady out of ENE the entire time. Slightly rainy days generated the smoothest surface conditions. All the reef sites vistied were pretty homonegeous. Visbiility was only about 60 feet. We saw numerous nurse shark, very larger grouper, turtles, eels, lobster, spotted eagle rays and not one lion fish. On one safety stop, a 4 pod of dolphin swam around us several times. Mayan Princess is in fine condition. A pool would have been a plus but being in San Pedro has its advantages as there are lots of food choices and few mosquitos or other no-seeums. Our package included hotel accomodations, diving and flights from Belize City on Tropic Air. Save $40 for exit fee. I would go back to do more outer island trips such as Blue Hole.
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