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Dive Review of Ramon's Village + Amigos Del. Mar/Ramon's Village in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

Ramon's Village + Amigos Del. Mar/Ramon's Village, May, 2006,

by Herman Tessman, Va, USA . Report 2762.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Cozumel, Tangalooma Island (Australia), Local quarries as Asst instructor
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 75 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay within sight of dive guide, surface with reasonable reserve air supply. Those of with computers and cameras were pretty much left alone while divemaster concentrated on less experienced divers. (Same with both operations)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Smaller 30ft boats had no provisions for cameras and minimal safety gear. This may have been due to dive sites being 15 min from the dock!
Barrier Reef is in sight of of dock. I used digital, so had no problems other than safely stowing camera while in boat. 30 foot boats are open with sun shade and twin outboards. Dive masters/guides were friendly and experienced. Boats not crowded (shoulder season) so no real problems.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Hotel is first rate, if a bit expensive. Food was very good, but not gourmet fancy. Non-diver wife wants to go back. Beach is shaded and wonderful. San Pedro town is small but safe,friendly, and close by. Ramon's Dive operation is canted toward "average" diver with decent rental gear. Barrier reef is recovering from severe hurricane damage in earlier years. Lots of nice smaller soft corals and little critters. Because it is adjacent to Hol Chan, nurse sharks are plentiful, as are big grouper and turtles. Booked trip to the Blue Hole/Lighthouse Reef through Ramons' but they put me on Amigo Del Mar's big boat, since they had insufficient registration to use their own 46' Pro Dive. Despite long bumpy run to Blue Hole, Amigo Del Mar's trip was well run, food was plentiful, including unlimited Rum and Cokes on the return trip! Once there, dive guides were fully occupied with unskilled divers and keeping them safe at 100+ feet where the cave architecture begins. Again, left me and other advanced divers to our own profiles. Did shark feed before getting back on boat at Blue Hole. Then did Half Moon Caye Wall...a real stunner of a dive and the best dive I have ever done! NYC Diver who I met up with on Blue Hole trip stayed and did Turneffe trip on Ramon's 46' Pro Dive and said it was not as well run or as comfortable as Amigo's.
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