I have to pipe up and say something about all this negative stuff about local diving here on Ambergris
Ambergris Caye came in as the 5th best place in the Caribbean to be able to see big animal life.
this award was the Rodales Scuba Diving Readers choice awards from divers who visited and voted in this annual award which is determined by the MAJORITY of divers who filled in there vote and sent it in.
Note I say the majority,
in order to come in 5th place you have to get significant votes to get this placing, by getting this placing it CLEARLY SHOWS Ambergris has some unique quality dive experiences.
Everyone will hear me continually say that Ambergris caye has Some GREAT diving and I will challenge ANYONE that they would NOT get bored with diving here for 5 days, there are some fabulous experinces to be had here on Ambergris which you cannot experience anywhere else in the world and are UNIQUE to AMBERGRIS CAYE.
I dont want to knock any other diveshop but i have noticed that the busier diveshops tend to stay close to town and dive the less interesting sites especially the ones with bigger boats with lots of divers aboard, as it takes a very long time to get divers in and out of the water when this time could be spent getting the divers to better divesites and longer bottom times.
I can take 98% of divers for 5 days and make sure they have a great experience HOWEVER should a diver indicate they are a very experined diver with many dives under there belt i will advise not to come to Ambergris just for diving if they just want to dive i will suggest one of the liveaboards or one of the offshore Atolls where I agree the diving is superior to Ambergris, HOWEVER 98% of divers would be very happy with the diving form Ambergris.
If you take note on the type of diver that slams the local diving on these boards you will find they are more experinced and are extensivly travelled, these divers should have dove the Atolls and they would of been more happy.
Ambergris diving is great for the MAJORITY of divers and you will have a great experience.
For those of you who are well travelled divers with extensive experince DO NOT COME TO AMBERGRIS just for the diving, as you may well be dissapointed not because the diving is bad just your expectations are too high and you are comparing the diving to the other places you have visited.
I NEVER compare dive destinations as it is crazy to do so each place is unique unto itself, if you dive in a mud pit open your eyes because theirs a wealth of life down there you just have to open your eye to see it.
Gaz Cooper's DIVE BELIZE www.divebelize.com