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#116667 - 01/30/06 02:41 PM Budget Suggestions  
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OrganicThinker Offline
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I have a schedule outlined in my head for
March 5-12
-couple nights stay at Pedro's Backpacker's Inn (in order to meet other travelers)
-Dive certification for about $250 (location TBD)
-Dive the Blue Hole
Return to Belize City for the end of the canoe race and Bliss Day.

Looking for suggestions. Does this canoe race bring alot of traffic to Belize? What is there to do for the Bliss Day celebration?

Should I consider Ruby's or Martha's over Pedro's?
Remember I'm looking to hang with other travelers.

Thanks Everyone

#116668 - 01/30/06 02:53 PM Re: Budget Suggestions  
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Can you dive the Blue Hole as a "newbie" diver? I thought not...

Perhaps try Pedro's Inn one night and Ruby's another night.

You can eat at the park super cheap and the food is really good. There are also many other cheap places to dine. Ask around as you'll find most people on the island to be very helpful.

#116669 - 01/30/06 02:56 PM Re: Budget Suggestions  
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Why go to belize city? If you are looking to meet other travelers, diving, fishing and nightlife, stay in san pedro. For food, bed and a Belikin how can you beat $20 althought I only had a beer there but the people staying there liked it.

#116670 - 01/30/06 03:40 PM Re: Budget Suggestions  

Pedro's Inn is ideal for what you are looking for and for the money is the cleanest and nicest and newest there is!!! Pedro's is a BARGAIN-- seriously check it out!!---Have Fun!!! The Blue Hole? eek

#116671 - 01/30/06 03:56 PM Re: Budget Suggestions  
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I agree. Take Belize City off the itinerary. You'll have much more fun in SP.

#116672 - 01/30/06 04:22 PM Re: Budget Suggestions  
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No! You are not supposed to dive Blue Hole (any 140 ft site) after just getting certified! You should have a certain amount of dives. I would not recommend or trust going with a company that says it does not matter, I might think twice about them.

#116673 - 01/30/06 04:25 PM Re: Budget Suggestions  
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March 10 Baron Bliss Day
A public and bank holiday commemorating a great benefactor. Every year on March 9th Belize honours the memory and generosity of the late English Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss. Baron Bliss came to Belize to enjoy sailing and fishing in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, and eventually died there. In gratitude for the legacy he left to the people of Belize each year an official ceremony is held at his tomb located below the lighthouse in the Belize harbour followed by fishing and sailing regattas throughout the country. This event is a must for those who enjoy the excitement of fishing and sailing.

#116674 - 01/30/06 06:13 PM Re: Budget Suggestions  
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PLEASE Do not plan to dive anyplace but the reef when you are newly certified. In addition to the US $350 you are now required to buy your own books.
What makes you think you will like SCUBA?
To save time and money take the course at home - all except the open water part. Get a referral and bring it down and do the open water here.

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#116675 - 01/30/06 06:39 PM Re: Budget Suggestions  
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i agree with scuba lady and in the market... no new diver should be diving the blue hole... I'm sure there are companies that will take you, but remember that it's your ass on the line should you freak out at over 100 feet of depth.

I had a few newbies with me on an advanced dive in thailand ( didn't know it until we got out there ).. i almost wrung the neck of the dive shop operator when I got back.. we had a fat dutch guy (who while being very entertaining) couldn't equalize or control his buoyancy.. and would pop to the surface from a depth of 15 meters... it's a wonder this numbnuts didn't die.

ok.. I digress. Have a great trip and enjoy your intro to diving.. but do yourself and fellow divers a favor, and stay on the reef.. you'll see lots of marine life and have a great time.

#116676 - 01/31/06 01:26 PM Re: Budget Suggestions  
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Hey that's the feedback I was looking for. The Blue Hole will give me a reason to come back, right! I may ditch the hole SCUBA thing all together and buy a Snorkel on Ebay! Entertaining ideas is what I do, I'm an Organic Thinker after all. Thanks for the info. I'll put it to good use and save you all some grief by keeping on the reef!

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