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Paradise Villas and Scuba Diving #36902
03/31/01 08:13 PM
03/31/01 08:13 PM
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jingles Offline OP
jingles  Offline OP
We have decided are Paradise Villas but are not sure who is the most reliable to make reservations through. We have contacted "Tradewinds Paradise Villas" and Gaz Cooper's DIVE BELIZE. Gaz offers dive packages but I'm not really sure if his packages are much cheaper. Also, can anybody comment on his dive operation in general? Tradewinds can put a tour together on the mainland before we come to AC. Has anybody had any experience with these two companys? Or would you recommend renting at Paradise Villas through someone not named on this message. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Paradise Villas and Scuba Diving #36903
04/01/01 12:19 AM
04/01/01 12:19 AM
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I just returned.

I did not check our gaz's operation but the resort he operates from looked quite nice.

I did not pre-book any diving because I got a cold a week before we left for Belize. I did 8 local dives and picked the time and days. There are so many dive operations there that getting on a boat is easy. I'm sure pre-booking is more comforting but in case you don'e..relax!

One hint: ask the operator if you can select (have a say) in the dive sites for each dive. The operator I selected (Aqua dives) made sure that no diver went to a site twice. They had great boats and were never crowded. Getting a day trip or night dive might take a few days pre-booking.

Amigos diver operations (boats)were booked but I arranged a night dive the same day.

Re: Paradise Villas and Scuba Diving #36904
04/01/01 08:00 AM
04/01/01 08:00 AM
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Posts: 55
colden, new york, usa
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jingles-4 of us booked a trip through tradewinds that includes time in the cayo district and time on AC. pkg. includes airfare from miami for us. we had to book our own flight from buffalo,ny to miami. we get picked up at the airport in belize and driven to our jungle lodge [ there are several lodges to choose form] on the way we stop at the belize zoo. also included is horsebackriding in the jungle and a day trip to ruins [ several to choose-we decided to go to Tikal in guatemala] while you're on the mainland everything is included-meals, activities,tours. then you drive back to the airport to get flight to AC and now after being picked up and checked in at paradise villas you're on your own for the rest of your stay. you can also customize by adding more days or not. we're leaving to do this trip on 4/1. will let you know on trip report when we get back how it was.

Re: Paradise Villas and Scuba Diving #36905
04/01/01 06:54 PM
04/01/01 06:54 PM
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Posts: 3,677
Maple Grove, MN USA
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Jingles, we've stayed at Paradise Villas through Tradewinds for the past two years, with a group of 8. Never had a problem with them, and everything always went like clockwork. The Villas are clean and comfy, and their on-site manager is a sweetheart. I would recommend them without hesitation.

Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt
Re: Paradise Villas and Scuba Diving #36906
04/02/01 09:45 AM
04/02/01 09:45 AM
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Posts: 2,090
Corpus Christi, Texas USA
Debbie Offline
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I too booked last years trip through Tradewinds and stayed at Paradise Villas. they were very helpful and accomodating, and we also stayed in the Cayo District for a few days. It was a dream vacation for the whole family and I'm glad we used them. I did not have one complaint. Everything went smooth as silk. I highly recommend them.

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