The night dives are almost all done at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. This is a fairly shallow dive - less than 35' at the deepest - waist deep at the boat. The tides and surface conditions determine whether a dive can be done any particular night.
I urge people to do the day dive there first – that makes the night dive more interesting. If you are an experienced diver you will already know that there are totally different critters out at night than are there during the day. However. The topography doesn’t change so you will know where you are and where you are going.
The diving around Ambergris Caye is nothing like you see pictured in the glossy magazines. Those wall pictures are mostly taken out in the atolls. Also – you won’t see any of that spectacular stuff in the Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is a deep dive and most of the operators have stopped chumming the sharks – so you probably won’t see any of them either.
The two dives after you do the Blue Hole are wonderful and you will see that colorful big stuff pictured in the magazines. Just know that it is a long boat trip out to either Lighthouse or Turneffe.
The diving off of the reef is called spur and grove. They are guided dives and very enjoyable. Everyone has their favorite places just like everyone has their favorite dive shops. I personally like the sites up north and they are much less frequented. I don’t like having a lot of people in my boat, which equates to a lot of people in the water with me. SELFISH? Yes – but it is a big ocean and why line up?
THERE IS NO ONE BEST OPERATOR! If there were there wouldn’t be dozens of other dive operators busy with happy customers. I don’t think anyone goes out with shop B because they couldn’t get on with shop A; to each his own.