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Dive Review of Chuck & Robbies in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

Chuck & Robbies, Dec, 2012,

by Alan Pittman, CO, US ( 1 report). Report 6842.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We stayed at a 2 bedroom VRBO condo at Oasis del Caribe. The condo had access to an unheated pool(yes, it was "refreshing"). It also had a full kitchen and we cooked frequently. Small stores are nearby within walking distance. We had Belikan beer, by the case, and 5 gal. water bottles delivered! There are many options available for accommodations, though.
Chuck and Robbies dive shop was clearly the most popular dive shop operating at the north edge of San Pedro close to the bridge. We walked the beach most days and the other shops in the proximity did not appear to have enough customers for regularly scheduled trips. We dove with C & R for 5 days of 2-tank dives. Nitrox is available. Apparently, tanks are filled at a different location. We only used air since the profiles and number of dives we did per day were conservative. Boats return to the dock for S.I.'s. There were several repeat customers that we dove with and looking at comments on other forums indicate that they have a high rate of satisfaction. The boat also frequently dropped divers off at nearby resorts when they were finished diving.
C & R have good rental equipment available so having your own gear is not necessary. The divemasters are attentive and professional without hovering. The boat captain was able to follow our bubbles and pick up divers as they ascended at various times despite a little chop at the surface.
The dives are all on the outside of the reef across spectacular spur and groove(canyon) reef formations. There are always nurse sharks and several groupers accompanying the divers since they occasionally do shark/grouper/eel feeding dives. The reefs don't have many large schools of fish but they do have reasonable diversity and it was good to see a large number of black, nassau, and tiger groupers as well as dog, cubera, and mutton snappers of mature size on many dives. We were very lucky to see 2 manta sightings on 2 dives; 2 mantas on one dive and 3 mantas on a second dive. The highlight of the trip was when 7 bottlenose dolphins swam nearby and circled our group a couple of times. Robbie, the owner and expedition photographer for that dive, graciously gave us a video of the dolphins!
Websites Chuck & Robbies   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean Mexico, Baja, Honduras, Bonaire, Curacao, Cayman Brac, US/ BVI, Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawaii, Philippines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 1st dive: 80ft, 2nd dive: 55 to 70ft. The profiles were mostly square so heavier breathers ascended early but everyone ascends around 50 min. Nitrox was available but everyone was using air during my week's stay.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was a designated bucket for cameras. Boat returns to dive shop during surface interval and chairs and picnic table are available on the dock. Smaller boats are used so there are no tables, etc. available for cameras on the boat.
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