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#47523 - 01/22/02 11:29 PM robles point
wyatt70119 Offline
Going down in April. Staying at Banyan Bay. Typically, we are more of the backpack/budget travelers, but decided to go all out on the accommodations for this. First time to Belize for both of us, but we're both seasoned travelers. Interested in doing some snorkeling. I here lots about Hol Chan, but it sounds like its really crowded. Have been able to get some info about a day long three stop trip to Robles point that isn't near as crowded. Any opinions on this? Has anyone been up there? How does it compare with Hol Chan? Is Hol Chan worth the crowds or will the Robles point trip a better idea? Want to see some ruins. Looking at the Lamanai and Altun ha trips. Is one better than the other? Fishing, I want to do some reef fishing, any suggestions. Hoping to have some filets that I can cook throughout the week. Any suggestions on guides for snorkeling, ruins, or fishing would be greatly appreciated.

#47524 - 01/23/02 06:05 AM Re: robles point
ACfan Offline
Go to Hol Chan - crowds are relative. No place you go snorkeling in Belize is going to be as crowded as Molokini in Hawaii. Tour guides on the island don't do "cattle dives" like stateside resorts... Lil' Alphonse is a good tour guide for the trip. Banyan Bay can help with reservations. You may also want to consider a night snorkel - totally different world.

Never been to Robles Point, but, Dino Gonzalez (through Paradise Hotel dive shop) took us on a great day-long trip - three snorkel stops going north from San Pedro and a good BBQ lunch on the beach.

Went with Seaduced to Lamanai - great trip. 'Been told that Altun Ha is smaller and easier to get to, but, that Lamanai is a better site. Most Altun Ha tours I've read about include stopping at the Maruba Resort for lunch and afternoon relaxation (lunch not included in the cost).

#47525 - 01/23/02 08:06 PM Re: robles point
Robles Point is a great place to beach comb and snorkle.That particular area is a bit rocky but a little to the south and north is good beach.take some good shoes for some of the rocky walk.I have property just to the south the area up there is beautiful.Crowded?Not hardly.You may see two or three people....that would be crowded.All you will hear up there is the wind and the surf.Good fishing too.Enjoy!!!!!

#47526 - 01/23/02 11:43 PM Re: robles point
Marty Offline
Love it up north at robles, no one around, its like gilligans island...

but don't miss Hol Chan, thats for sure

[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 02-05-2002).]

#47527 - 01/23/02 11:48 PM Re: robles point
wyatt70119 Offline
can you ride a bike up that far? How far is it from the split?

#47528 - 02/05/02 11:28 PM Re: robles point
No bike ride.About 13-14 miles north of town.Must take a boat.About a $75 RT by small boat.Worth it!!!

#47529 - 02/06/02 06:49 PM Re: robles point
margarita Offline
check this out http://AmbergrisCaye.com/pages/town/divesitesBIG.html

Hol Chan isn't always crowded, it depends on time & day.
We get our own boat/guide and go anywhere we choose. Plenty of snorkeling along the reef.
We fish, then snorkel, fish some more than stop for an incredible fresh catch shore lunch then go fish & snorkel more!
You don't have to go anywhere with a crowded tour boat!
Also, we love to have Estel fix our fresh catch just the way we want it when we get back to town!
Belize it!

#47530 - 02/06/02 06:58 PM Re: robles point
superfooch Offline
That sounds great!

How much does your own boat/guide cost for a day? and how much does estel charge for preparing your catch?

#47531 - 02/06/02 08:00 PM Re: robles point
margarita Offline
Last year we paid @ $200US for a full day fish/snorkel & shore lunch.
Estel charged us the same as a fish dinner, but used our fresh catch. Her Fish & Chips are incredible!
Belize it!

#47532 - 02/06/02 11:56 PM Re: robles point
Chloe Offline
We paid $180US for a full day, a real full day.
Fido's beer batter fried our catch for $10.BZ per plate, and they added salad and french fries, for that price. Yummy
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