DIVING WITH AIW |
Diving remains to be the largest attraction to Belize. The coral reef runs
parallel from the northern tip of Ambergris Caye, south to Honduras and
is the longest living reef in the Western Hemisphere. Belize is also home
to three of the
four atolls located in all of the Caribbean. Whether enjoying
local reef diving or underwater adventures at the atolls, Belize boasts
an environmental awareness and maintains the natural beauty present during
the Mayan age.
Very simply, Adventures in Watersports specialty is diving. We really
can boast about our diving instruction, trips and special rate packages,
where you'll find
that our service and safe diving practices are second
to none. We even retail PADI resouces and a variety of scuba accessories
to help make your diving experience complete.
Adventures in Watersports staff are highly trained with the enthusiasm
and professionalism of people who truly love what they do. Our diving style
allows you to enjoy your diving experience from the word INHALE!
Adventures in Watersports houses two 29 foot 150 hp diving boats ideal
for any of the local reef diving. The boats come equipped with top rate
oxygen kits, first aid kits and marine radios. Our well experienced boat
captains and divemasters accompany you on every dive and plan maximum bottom
time and depth limits allowing you the most pleasure and safety on every
LOCAL DIVE TRIPS
We travel up to six miles (10 km) north and four miles (6.5 km) south on
the outside of the reef. The reef is 1/2 mile (1.5 km) off-shore making
any local dive easy to get to and in minimal time.
It is said that Belize has more marine life per square foot than any place
on earth. The living proof is in the miles of living, colorful coral. The
water temperature ranges from 79 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (25-28 C) during
the winter months and 81 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (27-29 C) in the summer.
The visibility rarely drops to 60 feet (18 m) but can be as much as 150
feet (45 m), averaging between 80 to 100 feet (24-30 m). The average depth
for local reef diving is between 60 and 80 feet (18-24 m). Canyons and caverns
can also be explored for the more advanced diver with depths from 100 to
130 feet (30-39 m).
One of the most popular local dive sites is Hol Chan Marine Reserve, ideal
for snorkelers and divers alike. The reserve is only moments away by boat,
approximately four miles (6.5 km) southeast of San Pedro. The central feature
of the reserve is a natural break or cut in the reef. The cut is famous
for it's schools of exotic fish, coves with moray eels, swaying seafans,
an abundance of large groupers, snappers and of course, nurse sharks. The
reserve itself encompasses more than five square miles (8 sq km) of ecologically
linked coral reef, sea grass meadows and coastal swamp habitats.
The need for protection in this area has stemmed primarily from an increase
in tourism along with a history of stress from being overcollected, overfished
and anchor damage. With the protection offered to the area by "reserve
status" it is hoped that the area will be restored to that of it's
ancestral age. In an effort to contribute to its preservation, Park Rangers
collect a $2.50US fee from all divers and snorkelers who take advantage
of this waterworld. As one of the most popular dive locations, it offers
a variety of dive sites that range in depth. The most popular is the Hol
Chan Cut, just inside the reef where the coral rises to the surface in a
long snaking ridge. With a maximum depth of 32 feet and during opportune
diving conditions, this dive is gentle with the insurance of seeing some
of the best of Belize. Hol Chan also enjoys a healthy nightlife where a
look in the dark will enhance your appreciation of the lives led by our
We try to visit the sea twice daily at 9:00am and 2:00pm and only need two
divers to make a local trip. Two tank dives are the most popular with the
surface interval back at Adventures in Watersports. Only a handful
of locations are inside the reef, such as Hol Chan Marine Reserve, but we
like to save those for the windy days. Ambergris Caye can be known for it's
tradewinds and due to the sometimes high wind factor, dives may need to
be postponed or delayed until the swells calm.
Following is our price list for local diving.
2-Tank Dive - $
1-Tank Dive - $
All dives include tank(s) and weights.
Equipment Rental - $
Includes your BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins, mask, snorkel.
Night diving is another adventure not be passed up while on the Caye. The
marine life is abundant and the coral colors under light are magnificent.
Night diving is done at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Night Dive - $
Equipment - $
Night Light - $
OUTER CAYE DIVE TRIPS
From San Pedro, outer Caye dive trips include two of the three atolls located
off the mainland of Belize, Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe Islands. Both have
spectacular diving with the opportunity to wall dive some of the best. Glover's
Reef, the third of the atolls in the Caribbean is located south, making
it a little too far to travel on a day trip.
One of the main attractions to the diving community of Belize and known
world-wide, is the Blue Hole. Made famous by Jacques Cousteau, the Blue
Hole is located in the centre of the most eastern of the atolls in Belizean
waters, Lighthouse Reef. The almost perfectly circular Blue Hole is a 1,000
feet (300 m) across and about 480 feet (144 m) deep. For millions of years
the Blue Hole was a dry cave and for this period huge stalactites and stalagmites
slowly formed. When the last ice age ended thousands of years ago, sea levels
rose about 300 feet (90 m), flooding the cave. At the same time most of
the ceiling collapsed, leaving the hole you see today. At the southeast
corner of Lighthouse Reef is the 45 acre Half Moon Caye Natural Monument,
the country's first national park, established in 1982. It is home to sandy
beaches and close to 4,000 red-footed booby birds, making it the official
Booby Bird Sanctuary.
Turneffe Islands atoll is the largest of Belize's three atolls. Turneffe
is home to pristine little cayes, covered with palms which encircle clear
waters of the central lagoon. An abundance of mangrove surrounding the lagoons,
make it the perfect spot to spawn new marine life. The deep blue, just outside
the atoll drops to 1,000 feet (300 m) making this some of the most spectacular
wall diving in all of Belize
Outer Caye dives should be planned in advance, as bookings are limited.
Adventures in Watersports book one and two day trips to the Blue
Hole at Lighthouse Reef and one day excursions to Turneffe Islands. Both
trips go several times weekly as long as the demand is constant. Following
you'll find details and pricing on these underwater adventures.
BLUE HOLE ONE DAY AT LIGHTHOUSE REEF
On your one day trip to Lighthouse Reef, you begin with your first dive
at the Blue Hole, a two and a half hour boat ride away. You will swim under
what is left of the old ceiling to view the remaining stalactites and stalagmites.
This dive is to 130 feet (39 m). The second dive is at Long Caye Wall. This
wall crests at 25 feet (7.5 m) and drops off sheer to 2000 feet (600 m).
Here depths range from 25 feet to 60 feet (7.5-18 m). Lunch is then served
on Half Moon Caye where you will visit the Booby Bird Sanctuary. The final
destination is Turneffe Islands where you may even get lucky and spot a
dolphin or two. This last dive is at the north-west wall which starts at
35 feet (11 m) and slopes off to 120 feet (36 m).
Snorkeling can also be enjoyed at Lighthouse Reef. Snorkelers and divers
join on this adventure. The snorkeling is amazing, giving you a different
view from the surface.
Departure is at 6:00am and you will return at sunset.
The one day trip includes transportation, three tanks, equipment, lunch,
snacks and beverages. There is a $5US park fee at the Booby Bird Sanctuary
and a minimum of 8 passengers required.
DIVE PRICE - $ (Lunch is included)
SNORKEL PRICE - $ (Lunch is included)
BLUE HOLE TWO DAY AT LIGHTHOUSE REEF
Leaving at 6:00am and taking about two and a half hours to travel to the
Lighthouse Reef atoll, your journey will be aboard the seaworthy Offshore
Express. On day one you will dive Half Moon Caye Wall, Long Caye Wall and
of course the Blue Hole.
As the sun sets, camp will be set up on Half Moon Caye where you'll enjoy
an evening of peace and quiet. You'll be staying right at the Booby Bird
The next morning it's off to the Turneffe Islands where you will enjoy two
The overnight excursion includes transportation, five tanks, equipment,
meals, snacks and beverages, along with all of your overnight requirements.
There is a $5US park fee at the Booby Bird Sanctuary and a minimum of 8
PRICE - $ (All inclusive)
ELBOW (SOUTH) AT TURNEFFE ISLANDS
Some spectacular diving awaits those who choose to do the Elbow. Here you
will experience the ultimate in wall diving. The Elbow is your first dive
on this trip. There is a complete array of marine life on this dive. Your
second dive is Billy Bob's. This dive is well known for spotted eagle rays
and grouper. Lunch time is spent basking in the sun and enjoying a picnic
while waiting to go on your third dive.
The next stop is Myrtle's Turtles, the last of the dives to complete your
NORTH WALL AT TURNEFFE ISLANDS
Enjoy a panoramic display of crystal clear Caribbean water and island beauty
as you are transported to the Turneffe atoll. Here you will enjoy three
magnificent wall dives.
Your first dive will be on the virgin corals of Vincente Wall. Once you
surface from your underwater exploration, you will head to your second dive
at Rendezvous Wall.
The boat will then take you to Mauger Caye for an enjoyable picnic. After
lunch there is a snorkel stop at Dorey Channel. The last dive is at Gorgonian
Both one day trips include transportation, three tanks, equipment, lunch,
snacks and beverages.
PRICE - $ (Lunch is included)
* Dive sites may change at the atolls given the weather, visibility and
at the judgement of the operator.
Adventures in Watersports is your premier diving facility, able to
accommodate your diving interests. We are the best in customizing your diving
schedule with special package rates that are both flexible and designed
to suit your budget. Let us know how we can help!
We recommend reservations in advance, especially during the high season
and encourage you to send us an e-mail.
Adventures in Watersports & Cannibal Cafe|
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize Phone/Fax 011-501-226-3706 Email firstname.lastname@example.org