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Dive Review of Ramon's Village Resort in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

Ramon's Village Resort: "San Pedro, Ambergris Caye great stay, but mediocre diving", Dec, 2017,

by Rick Bates, ON, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10085 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Our fourth Christmas diving vacation where we put the emphasis on accommodation and variety of restaurants available within walking distance. Diving is a secondary consideration for this trip. In this regard, San Pedro and Ambergris Caye did not disappoint. Ramonís is a beautiful resort, recently completely rebuilt after a fire in 2013 it was modern, clean, and well-appointed with great staff.
Our room, a seaside private cabana was perfect, isolated from everything else but very close to all the facilities. Service from all the staff was 5 stars all the way. I can highly recommend this resort diving or not. The restaurant was very nice, great menu choices, but we chose to eat out every night as per our plan.
The dive shop and boats were only about 100 feet away from our front door which was an added luxury for us, plus lockers on the dock for overnight storage.
They have a variety of boats, and we were on the same one for all four days of our diving, with the same crew and DMís for all dives. They go out for one tank dives at 9am, 11:30am and 2pm. Depending on your package, you can pick and choose whichever departures you want to use up your pre-paid dives. All dive sites were only about 10 mins away. Extended trips to sites like the Blue Hole are available for added charges.
The diving was generally disappointing, with little difference to each site. Visibility was not that good by Caribbean standards, fish life big and small was not nearly as abundant as say Bonaire or Little Cayman. The reefs looked healthy enough, but were bland compared to other destinations we are used to.
Nurse sharks were, however everywhere, and helped make the dives more interesting. We were treated to an incredible, albeit short, encounter at depth by two dolphins who appeared out of nowhere, played around a few minutes within feet of us, and then disappeared. The wind and constant surge made diving a little bit of work, and getting back on the boat was a bit of a challenge, but the crew was always very helpful and made it as easy as it could have been.
We only dove for 3 days, and were happy we did, but we were glad we hadnít spent the money just to go diving here, because we would have been very disappointed.
Over all, resort & dive operation were top notch, but the diving in this part of Belize does not live up to the hype. San Pedro was a fun place to visit, we might even consider a return visit, but wouldnít go for the diving. Before we return to Belize, I will have to research the quality of diving at the other locations first to ensure the diving will be worth it.
Websites Ramon's Village Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (Wakatobi), Papua New Guinea, Australia (Melborne/Sydney/GBR), Fiji, Florida, Bahamas, Curaçao, Roatan, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Cozumel, Great Lakes, St Lawrence River, North Carolina, Tobermory, British Columbia, San Juan Islands WA, Gulf Islands BC, Nova Scotia
Closest Airport San Pedro Getting There Direct to Belize City then to San Pedro

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Group depth & time specified on each dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No facilities for UWP on board or on land, except separate bucket on board.
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