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#59188 - 11/19/02 03:12 AM Which are great Dive sites?
pkate98 Offline
I have heard a lot about snorkeling trips, shark-ray alley, cave tubing and the ruins. But what I would like to know is what are the best diving sites? I have read on the AC website and have found a couple that seem interesting. These are: Pillar corals, Long Caye @ Lighthouse, and Cypress Gardens. For those of you who have been to these destinations, what is your report on them?

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#59189 - 11/19/02 04:14 AM Re: Which are great Dive sites?
trina Offline
Longcaye@Lighthouse reef and Blue Hole were the best in my experience. A long day,(about 2 hrs. out there each way from San Pedro) but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. The health of the coral and reef, the variety and colors of fish, the sheer amount of flora and fauna; I wouldn't have missed it for the world. :p

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#59190 - 11/19/02 05:41 AM Re: Which are great Dive sites?
pkate98 Offline
Hot deep did you go in the Blue Hole? I am nervous about going deeper than 60ft.

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#59191 - 11/19/02 06:12 AM Re: Which are great Dive sites?
toad Offline
the hole rocks....i would'nt want to do it everytime, but it was bad to the bone...huge animals lurking down there....maybe even the lochness on vacation....

lighthouse caye was okay, but there are many dives around it that are probably better.....

i would find a small boat operation next time, but only because i am impatient, which is why i go on vacation...but, the big boats have better accomodations.....

i was disappointed to find the preserve island littered even the though the booby birds did'nt mind....

Belize kicks ass

peacetoad

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#59192 - 11/19/02 06:15 AM Re: Which are great Dive sites?
toad Offline
the hole rocks....i would'nt want to do it everytime, but it was bad to the bone...huge animals lurking down there....maybe even the lochness on vacation....

lighthouse caye was okay, but there are many dives around it that are probably better.....

i would find a small boat operation next time, but only because i am impatient, which is why i go on vacation...but, the big boats have better accomodations.....and you can hang out up by the capitan and watch the storms roll across the abyss

i was disappointed to find the preserve island littered even the though the booby birds did'nt mind....

Belize kicks ass

peacetoad

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#59193 - 11/19/02 06:57 AM Re: Which are great Dive sites?
trina Offline
Oops ,sorry, I though you said snorkeling. I read your post again, and see you asked about diving...sorry. "Never mind" wink

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#59194 - 11/19/02 10:29 AM Re: Which are great Dive sites?
seashell Offline
pkate, maybe you aren't ready for the Blue Hole day trip. Don't worry about it. There's always next time. (the Blue Hole dive is 130')

Most of the dives off shore San Pedro are 60-80'. You will find that you won't be nervous about 80' for long. And if your holiday goes well doing the good sites off of San Pedro (Pillar Coral, Cypress, Mexico Rocks, Victoria Tunnels, etc.) maybe you'll decide to go out to Turneffe for a day trip before you go home.
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#59195 - 11/20/02 02:48 AM Re: Which are great Dive sites?
pkate98 Offline
Yikes 130 ft! Yes, I'm not really an experienced diver quite yet - but would love to try the hole when I'm ready. Some of the others sound pretty good to me. 80ft doesn't bother me.

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#59196 - 11/20/02 06:42 AM Re: Which are great Dive sites?
chevin Offline
I've heard that Blue Hole does not have that much marine life. Is that the case? If so what IS the attraction?

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#59197 - 11/20/02 09:41 AM Re: Which are great Dive sites?
seashell Offline
The geological history, the history of discovery, diving a site made famous by Jacque Cousteau, the sharks . . . eek wink

For me, it's kind of spiritual. Each time I do it, I see more. Last time I was in the Hole, I found some small chambers in the wall that actually had some little fish in them. I got a better look at the mossy stuff growing on the wall. I wasn't as terrified by the sharks in the Hole. At the safety stop, we were cruised by a bunch of sharks and a large one got within spitting distance of one of my buddies and I. I came out of the water screaming . . . "Again, Again! I want to do it AGAIN!!" smile

That said, some other people are bored by it. Go figure.
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