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#31303 - 11/13/00 06:22 PM favorite guides and destinations  
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richNYC Offline
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Hi -

I'll be visiting AC for the first time in December with my girlfriend, staying at Coconuts. We're doing the cayo thing at ian anderson's before heading to AC.

We'll go to Hol Chan/Shark Alley. Any other recommended snorkeling spots?

Who are some good guides to look for?

We also want to take a trip to Lamanai from AC. Again, any suggestions on guides or other ruins to see would be great.


#31304 - 11/13/00 07:54 PM Re: favorite guides and destinations  
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Josh Offline
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for your Lamanai trip i suggest Daniel Nunez
with Tanisha Tours he's great. Also Mexico Rocks for another snorkeling site north of town. Bradely brothers out of victoria house are excellent for snorkeling or Alfonz Graniel (he has a website off of this one) is another good choice. Have fun...Josh

#31305 - 11/14/00 10:58 AM Re: favorite guides and destinations  
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Marty Offline
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Daniel Nunez's Lamanai Trip is extensively covered at:

Alfonse Graniels site is at: //

Other tour guides at: //

diving and snorkeling guides at: //

#31306 - 11/14/00 11:51 AM Re: favorite guides and destinations  
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Manuel from Searious is an awesome snorkel guide. Really shows you a lot and is very patient with everyone in your group.

As far as Lamanai, Herman from Seaduced is a great guide as well.

#31307 - 11/14/00 12:50 PM Re: favorite guides and destinations  
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Try a night snorkel at Hol Chan. We went with Amigos Del Mar dive shop. It was unique to see the night activity and snorkel with moonlight and flashlights.
Also Mexico Rocks, Tres Cocos and the channel with the wreck are my favorite snorkel spots.

#31308 - 11/17/00 02:42 PM Re: favorite guides and destinations  
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We just got back from AC last night and found an absolutely wonderful guide named Tulu who is an independent and works from the Coral Beach pier. He's a PADI dive master as well as a fishing guide. There were 4 of us and the first trip we booked with him was for drop fishing and then snorkeling at Hol Chan. Two days later we booked with him just to go fishing and he only charged us $125 US for each day (total, not per person). That's quite a deal! You can reach him at either the dock, or his phone number is 2817. You'll enjoy his ribald humor and endless stories of growing up on the water in Belize.

#31309 - 11/17/00 04:23 PM Re: favorite guides and destinations  
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I thought the boat Winnie Estelle was cool. A converted trawler, it day trips to Hol Chan fueled by rum punches made by hector. If you like to mingle a little and hav e aguided snorle trip, try Robert of the Winnie Estelle

I'll vouch for Daniel Nunez also. awesome trip to Lamanai. Pricey @ &125us and arduous as it is a 12 hour day in open boats and bus. However worth the price.

#31310 - 11/17/00 04:51 PM Re: favorite guides and destinations  
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Annie Offline
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I am trying to choose between a trip to Altun Ha or the one to Lamanai, does anyone have any suggestions?

#31311 - 11/17/00 05:24 PM Re: favorite guides and destinations  
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Edwin Offline
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richNYC, We (my wife & 1) stayed at Lamanai Outpost Lodge and had an outstanding experience. The people are fantastic and our guide superb. It is fairly expsenive, ~US$1,200 for 3 days ALL INCLUSIVE, but well worth it. We never had more than 6 people in our tour groups.

This place isn't for the faint of heart. You will have roomates of the 6-8 legged variety but typically harmless. There is no AC but all Cabanas have fans.

The owners are onsite on truely understand customer service. This was the highlight of our trip and will definately go back.

I didn't snorkel on AC but I dove with 2 organizations. I would recommend Amigos Del Mar, a well run operation.

Regardless, you love BZ.

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