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

Ramon's Village Resort: "Healthy reef, lots of sharks and rays", Mar, 2016,

by Matthew M Gayle, NJ, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8861 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Florida, Roatan
Closest Airport San Pedro Getting There We took a commuter flight from Belize International to San Pedro municipal airport

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Local dives: Must stay within visual range of dive master but otherwise can dive own profile. Buddy pairs must ascend for safety stop when one reaches 800 psi, dive master ascends (meaning everyone still in the water ascends no matter air left) at 45-50 minutes.
Blue Hole trip: more restricted
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There was no fresh water rinse bucket for cameras on dive boats (including boats making day trips). The boat crew were good about handing cameras down to divers in the water at the beginning of dives and then taking cameras from divers exiting ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I've broken my thoughts down into three areas: local dives, Hol Chan, and the Blue Hole day trip.

Local Dives: The dive shop has a number of boats of varying sizes tied to the pier. I am not sure how the dive shop manager assigned divers to boats but we were happy to have been assigned to a boat with dive master Ernest and boat captain Arnold. We dove with them the first day and then continued to dive with them for the duration of our trip excluding a day trip for the Blue Hole (discussed below) and two afternoon dives for which Ernest was not available. We had read mixed reviews of this dive operation online before arriving so we were prepared to walk away and book dives elsewhere if our experience on the first dive was disappointing. Fortunately, it was not. Both Ernest and Arnold were extremely professional and helpful, always gave a thorough pre-dive briefing, always seemed in control, and always seemed aware of safety issues without micromanaging the divers. Local dive sites were 5-10 minutes from the dock, which made getting to and from them easy, even on two days with 6-8 foot swells. The boats used for local dives are smaller, with the protocol for water entry/exit being to walk toward the stern of the boat, sit on the wide/reinforced gunwales on either side, put on fins and mask, be helped into your BC by the crew, put your reg in, then roll off the boat. At the end of the dive, you remove your BC in the water, hand it up to the crew, hand up your fins, and then climb a ladder aboard. I learned to make sure my gear was turned so the tank was between my BC and the boat before it was pulled aboard to avoid my BC (and SPG) from being dragged up the side of the boat.

Visibility at the local dive sites was around 75 feet on most days even when overcast. The reef at most sites seemed to start at about 45 feet, which made it difficult to keep the third dive of the day as shallow as I would have preferred. A typical day would be a first dive to 85-90', a second dive to 60', and a shorter third dive to 45-60' during the third dive. While we went with the current during these local drift dives rather than against it, the current was generally pretty weak so staying in place to check something out or swimming back against the current was not a problem. On days with higher winds/waves, surge was more of ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Gregory Bruce in CA, US at Mar 21, 2016 15:29 EST  
Great review- Thanks for taking the time!
By Michael Anderson in CA, US at May 05, 2016 16:36 EST  
Thanks a lot. That was all I needed to know.
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