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Scuba Diving Recommendations #67037
04/21/03 11:24 PM
04/21/03 11:24 PM
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scubachic Offline OP
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My husband and I are taking our first trip to AC in mid May and are avid scuba divers. What dives do you recommend to see the best variety of fish including sharks and rays?

We are planning on doing a day trip to dive the Blue Hole. Which dive company do you recommend? Best price? Best guide? Beer on board?

Re: Scuba Diving Recommendations #67038
04/22/03 12:05 AM
04/22/03 12:05 AM
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Go with Amigos del Mar, aside from being probably the premier operator on the island, they also have the best boat for the Blue Hole trip, a Pro 48.

There is no beer on the boats for the close in trips, cuz you are back at shore in just a few minutes. But they do have panty-rippers and Belikens for the return from the Blue Hole and Atoll day trips.

As for the best sites for seeing animals, well, ya just never know. I really enjoy Cypress, Pillar Corals and Boca Ciego. (last time I was at Cypress the place was crawling with nurse sharks swimming about freely) However, Victoria Tunnels are fun too . . . well, thing is ya just never know. Over the past few months on two separate trips, I saw different fish on different sites from the trip before and even the year before. As in most things, luck and timing are everything. I've never seen a reef or bullshark on any of the close-in dives; that doesn't mean that they are not there. Not too long ago while riding in a boat on the north side of the cut, but well inside the reef, I saw a bullshark.

I have seen many many sharks in the Blue Hole and on my second last time into the BH, was close enough to touch one that came to see me. eek On the other hand, on my last time in the Hole, I saw only one shark and it was quite far away.

If you take Amigos to the Blue Hole, they divide up the groups of divers into one or two groups. Group One goes in first, gathers on the lip and descends, then group two follows, etc. Talk to the DM's well before reaching the Hole and before they make up the groups. Tell them that you want to be in the last group. That is the group that has the best chance for shark encounters.

(I should quit telling people this, or no one will ever want to go in the first group) smile

A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: Scuba Diving Recommendations #67039
04/22/03 05:47 AM
04/22/03 05:47 AM
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The Buckeye State, USA
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Pillars, Victoria Tunnels, Happy Hour, Love Tunnels - those last 2 are north of San Pedro, but if you can get somebody to take you there, you won't be disappointed.

Amigos Del Mar, for the Blue Hole trip, without a doubt. Long trip, but the diving is fantastic!

Enjoy your trip! smile

Re: Scuba Diving Recommendations #67040
04/22/03 06:54 AM
04/22/03 06:54 AM
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