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Dive Review of Amigos del Mar/Xanadu Island Resort in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

Amigos del Mar/Xanadu Island Resort, Jun, 2007,

by David Andel, IL, US ( 2 reports). Report 3454.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Dominica, Curacao, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Grand Turk and the Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational Dive limits. 50-60 minutes in the water. Up with 500psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Dive boat had a dedicated 'cooler' for cameras.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We had a group of six divers. The dive operator we used was Amigos del Mar. It is located right on the beach in San Pedro. Did four two tank dives on the reef of Ambergris Caye and a three-tank day trip to Turneffe Island. Amigos boat picks you up right from your resorts dock. Made all plans over through e-mails to Gilmar at the dive shop. All prices matched what he had quoted. The reef is located less than a half mile from Ambergris; so all surface intervals were done on shore at the dive shop. Water, coconut, and watermelon were available for snacks. The dive master Rene was with us all week. He did a good job of pointing out critters. Alot of free swimming nurse sharks, grouper and eels. The reef was in good shape with an abundance of fish life. The day trip to Turneffe included breakfast at the shop in the morning, two-hour boat trip (ran out of steering fluid 30 minutes out of San Pedro and had to wait for another boat to bring us the fluid). 1st dive was at the Elbow; great amount of fish life, sponge and coral was in excellent shape, 2nd dive at Calabash Wall. Lunch was at the University of Belize Marine Station on Calabash Caye. 3rd dive at Tres Amigos.
We stayed at Xanadu Island Resort, it is located about 1 mile south of town. Excellent location, quiet and removed from the noise of town. The resort is made up of six monolithic domes, built to survive a Cat. 5 hurricane. There are several different types of suites. All have a living room, full kitchen and fridge, large decks (for drying gear out) an daily maid service. No restaurant or bar on site, but that wasnt a problem because you could get anywhere on the island in a golf cart. Rentals are available at Xanadu. The resort has a great pool, right off their sand beach. Make sure to bring bug spray, the mosquitoes will carry you away!!! Check them out on their website www.xanaduresort-belize.com. For food and staples Marinas Market is located at the entrance to Xanadu or in town is the Island Supermarket that has a large selection. Across from the Island Supermarket is the Belikin Dist., where you can buy water and beer cheaper than anywhere on the island.
You will not go hungry in San Pedro, it has the best assortment of restaurants and bars in the caribean. We ate dinners at Casa Picasso, The Blue Water Grill, Elvis Kitchen, Sweet Basil, El Divino Steak House and Calientes. All had great food. We will dive here again!!!
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