The reason so many people go south to dive is that some one told them about a great site “XYZ” and they insist on wanting to dive that.
What I find works best is to find the dive operator who does the kind of diving you are interested in and ask them “where is a good place to find that TODAY. Environment changes day to day.
I don’t want to travel too fast and want to stop and take pictures. If the boat goes to a site that does not have a mooring to tie up to the DM tends to move at a fairly fast pace in order to make the loop they are used to.
Also, some of the guys/gals who are not the owners like to connect up with their buddies running other boats. Think about, captains have to sit there and wait for the 45 minutes you are down there having fun. It’s a lot more fun to be able to joke around with friends.
Many operators are picking up divers down south so going north uses up a lot more gas.
If you are staying up north take advantage of it and go with operators who are working those waters ---- or my best buddy --- Belize Diving Adventures! Sorry gang – I can’t promote the northern shops OVER my guys. I find the most color up north – sponges, hard and soft coral, sea fans, etc.
The above are some of the reasons I get stuck going with a group to the same old tried and true destinations south of town. Bottom line is – talk – talk – talk. And when you get up from a fabulous dive rave about it and be sure and give them a nice tip that day. Believe me; they will work hard at making you happy.
Take only pictures leave only bubbles