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Dive Review of Avadon Divers in
Belize/Plancencia

Avadon Divers, Dec, 2010,

by sharon dickinson, KY, US ( 2 reports). Report 5878.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Micronesia, Thailand, everywhere Caribbean, Galapagos, Hawaiian Islands, Coastal USA (all), Fiji, Tahiti, etc, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Just safe profile for day charter - very well organized, a bit regimented for the experienced, but were very accomodating once they assessed diver's skill level.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Avadon had fresh water rinse and fresh water tanks for cameras, plus also had a camera table. There was one on-site underwater photographer who was very personable and helpful.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Avedon Divers has Newton 45 boat which has plenty of room for divers and snorkellers. Not to worry - snorkellers are dropped off at more practical snorkel sites close to shore. Anne-Marie is amazing, she and her brother Phillipe are from Jamaica, and really run a first class operation. Courteous, accomodating, reasonable, and professional. I am not a huge fan of 'day-boats', but they really assisted each person on an individual basis (we had a diver with a back injury and they were very helpful). They set up, transfer, and breakdown and clean all gear, even your personal gear. Plenty of fresh fruit, water, and great food on board. Philip is a sea lover and a very protective diver, making sure everyone is safe. However,once he assesses a divers skills, he certainly is very respectful of everyone's abilities. Although they are not the cheapest dive operator in Placencia, they are the most professionsl, offer the best service, and have fast and reliable boats, and I would highly recommend them to all experience levels. They do take out snorkellers as well but drop them at shallow sites near islands, which makes it a nice day if you are travelling with non-divers and want to spend time together.

Anne-Marie is super personable and spreads out a nice breakfast in the morning for the dive ride out - coffee, tea, juice, breakfast baked goods. She adds a sunny demeanor even if the clouds are out. Lunch is either sandwiches or for three tank days, a wonderful hot meal with stew chicken and rice and beans and slaw, with Marie Sharp's hot sauce (of course!). Fresh cut fruit is abundant between dives. No one goes hungry.

My only wish was that the weather was sunnier and the boat rides were shorter, but it was nice to dive pristine reefs. If you do not want long (1 hour plus) boat rides, do not choose Placencia for your land destination to stay!

As far as dive sites, there were fewer larger fish due to the lionfish issue, however, we dove Ranguana, Pampion, and Turneffe.

Dives were nice at all three locations, however,Turneffe was fantastic, and still featured large marbled and black grouper, amberjack and horse-eye jack and dog, yellow-tail, and mutton snapper, also mackeral and barracuda. There were hawksbill and green turtles. Also had a great spotting of the very rare and seldom seen white-spotted splendid toadfish which is exclusive to Turneffe - yee-ha! Plenty of shrimp, crabs, flamingo tongues, spotted eagle rays, sting rays, lobsters, and green and spotted eels. Some conchs, and cowries. Awesome coral formations for the caribbean, and nice anemones.
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