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#115704 - 01/21/06 02:24 PM diving?
michael&jules Offline
staying at exotic caye resort. should i just use dive shop at this resort or any other suggestions? Any recommendations on dive spots?
thanks.

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#115705 - 01/21/06 03:01 PM Re: diving?
michael&jules Offline
Thank you.

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#115706 - 01/21/06 03:13 PM Re: diving?
J DOG Offline
I've only used Amigos Del Mar for diving,they will pick you up at your dock as well as clean & store your gear.
I would recomend a day dive at Hol Chan followed by a nite dive there, the diving is good around San Pedro. For a all day trip I'd try one of the Atoll's-- Light House or Turneffe.
Be there one week from today!!

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#115707 - 01/21/06 06:45 PM Re: diving?
Kra-Z-K Offline
Mikey&Jules, I no longer give my opinion on this question as I stated it too much already...so I am pasting the most recent answers to this question. I have not been diving in a long time so perhaps one day we'll all go...since it sounds like we'll meet up and I'll be painting you then running!

http://ambergriscaye.com/message/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/4/t/011411.html#000000

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#115708 - 01/21/06 06:53 PM Re: diving?
Kra-Z-K Offline
oh, and that shop is a fun bunch over Carnaval, was with them last yr to celebrate.

by the way, what is your favorite color paint? I recommend the last day to keep your mouth and eyes closed as much as possible. Geez, goggles would have been great last year but that would look crazy!

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#115709 - 01/21/06 10:16 PM Re: diving?
Anonymous
Ask the manager of the hotel who he recommends.

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#115710 - 01/21/06 10:30 PM Re: diving?
clover Offline
Excellent advise Pedro2....that's what they are there for!

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#115711 - 01/23/06 05:32 AM Re: diving?
CarribeanSunSeeker Offline
We stayed at Exotic Caye back in August and used their "dive shop" for the first two days. They don't have any boats, guides etc. but just book you with other local guides or shops. They were very pleasant and handled everything for booking dive and fishing trips. Their rental equipment however was sad. Our equipment was delayed for a few days by the airlines so we rented equipment from them. On one day I got a regulator which was so hard to breathe through I had to use the octopus, my wife got a air gauge which read exactly the same pressure when she returned from the dive as when she left and my son got a BC that filled itself with air when connected to the air hose. That could have been disasterous forcing him to the surface if not for his quick thinking, dumping the air as quickly as possible and the attention of a good dive guide who sized up the situation quickly and disconnected the air hose. The staff at the "dive shop" were very kind and apologetic and did not charge us for the use of the equipment. I only have nice things to say about them. However, we decided after that to book the diving directly. Protech has a shop one pier over and they are excellent. We also used Amigos Del Mar and Ambergris Divers and were very pleased with them as well. All within easy walking distance. Any of the shops will pick you up and return you to the dock at Exotic Caye resort and you save a few dollars and have better choices booking it directly. By the way, most of the dive guides still know the resort as Playador. Hope you enjoy the diving as much as we did.

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#115712 - 01/27/06 06:26 PM Re: diving?
Dan Carey Offline
Hi michael&jules,
I've dived with Bottom Time a few times in the past and been satisfied with their operation. They'll come pick you up at your hotel's dock. I've also dived with Gaz\'s operation and had a good time. Other dive shops I've dived with include Blue Hole Dive Center and the Blue Hole Express "live aboard". I'd dive with any of these shops again, no problem.

Dan
_________________________
"Facts are the enemy of Truth"
Don Quixote

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#115713 - 01/27/06 06:43 PM Re: diving?
inthemarket Offline
why would you use the hotels recommendation! If they do not have their own shop, they usually have 'agreements' or arrangements with dive shops and they will set you up with whoever they get commisions. Use who people recommend and have great experiences with.

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