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Dive Review of Avalon/Chabil Mar in

Avalon/Chabil Mar, May, 2013,

by Catherine R. Mack, DC, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7145.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars 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 3 stars
Comments First of all, Avalon Divers is fabulous. Anne Marie and her brother (boat captain whose name I forget) are the BEST. If you go during Whale Shark time, then they use their regular dive masters (who are first rate!) to do only whale shark dives (which cost a little extra). They bring in locals from Belize City to work the regular dives but they seemed to know the reefs well and were wonderfully helpful. I cannot say enough good things about Avalon Divers. I would go back again outside of Whale Shark time (one week each month during the "season" in the Spring) just to do a little diving again with the regular guys, who really were knowledgeable. The boat rides for all the dives are LONG. We left Chabil Mar around 6 many mornings and didnt get back until around 6 or 7. Thus we ordered food from Chabil Mar, which wasnt terrible but wasnt terrific either. Boat rides are typically one-two hours or more each way. Take a BOOK. I got a little tired of the rides but the boat is comfortable. They provide snacks and lunch, all of which were healthy and good. Chabil Mar was absolutely beautiful. I would definitely stay there again.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving all over caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Well, we did one day of whale shark diving and you go with the group. Otherwise, on the regular dives you could go on your own or with a group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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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By James B. Rogers in WA, US at Sep 20, 2013 18:30 EST  
So if you can't say enough good why all the one stars. One star indicates to me that they really stunk.
By James B. Rogers in WA, US at Sep 20, 2013 18:30 EST  
So if you can't say enough good why all the one stars. One star indicates to me that they really stunk.
By report author: Catherine R. Mack in DC, US at Sep 21, 2013 07:34 EST  
I meant TOP NOTCH so if I need to amend my report, please let me know how. I don't write these reviews often so I need change it. It should be FOUR STARS except I don't do photography so have nothing to say about that.
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