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#74494 - 10/06/03 09:08 AM Thanks Idaho  
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Thanks for the diving info if anyone could add to diving in Belize compaired to other diving sites would love to hear about it.
Other activities in AC that I read about on the message board sounds cool.


#74495 - 10/06/03 11:14 AM Re: Thanks Idaho  
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It really depends on what type of diving you are after -- every one of your destinations are good ones. Bonaire offers the ease of shore diving, with lots of macro photography opportunities. The walls of Caymen (I like the little sister islands better than Caymen Island) are super - but as Idaho said, very pricey. I loved Dominica, but it was diveboat based. From what I could tell, not alot of topside attractions, other than the beauty of Dominica. If you are into drift diving, Cozumel is a terrific place, but it has gotten crowded - too many cruiseships, too much impact. Belize diving was enjoyable to me. I have only done some local AC diving, and Blue Hole/Lighthouse Reef. I look forward to doing more diving around the atolls and south. If it is anything like Lighthouse Reef, it will be stupendous. I enjoyed every one of my local dives, the sealife & formations. Alot of folks return to dive Belize waters, but it has not gotten to the point where the pressure has had a huge impact -- unlike alot of other places. Folks return, that should tell you something.

#74496 - 10/06/03 12:34 PM Re: Thanks Idaho  
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I will echo that. I found Lighthouse reef to be on a par with Cozumel (made 5 trips there). Grand Cayman was expensive and nice, but I didn't find the diving exceptionally better to justify the expense. Bonaire was cool for the access from the shore, but once you got in the water, it was exactly the same everywhere, same depth to the descent and same angle of descent, same sights around most of the island. AC dive sights are very good, with the added feature of a more relaxed atmosphere, sites that give you a feel for how awesomely big the ecology is, and the wide variety and size of the denizens. All in all, AC is my choice. smile

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#74497 - 10/06/03 01:33 PM Re: Thanks Idaho  
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Great coments thanks
dbdoberman& Bobber& Idaho
I have dove the other places except for Dominica.
Would agree with all coments and looking for someplace new to dive and visit. I know there is allot of factures with this next Q, so in general how is the visablity and the water March?

Again so many things can change both vis and temp.
And any other coments on diving in A.C. Good or Bad.

At this point in time We will be going to A.C in March.


#74498 - 10/06/03 03:16 PM Re: Thanks Idaho  
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I've been diving a number of places in the Caribbean, South Pacific, and SE Asia. Yet Ambergris Caye is where I have returned to again and again and again.

It is not just the diving, which is good locally and great out at the Atolls. It is also San Pedro and Belize itself.

I did find that the water clarity is much better in Cozumel than it usually is in San Pedro, at any of the times of year that I have been there. As for the time of year that you are requesting info, I have been in San Pedro in early March and mid to late April. I didn't see any real difference between January, February and early March. There was lots of wind as usual.

My April experience was awesome and as I understand it, for that month, somewhat unusual. The waters were calm most everyday and the breeze was light. It was incredible the whole time I was there.

I highly recommend that you do go to Belize, however, don't expect Coz' water clarity.

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#74499 - 10/06/03 10:56 PM Re: Thanks Idaho  

I’m going to shrug off everything that was said about my opinion, and me.

BUT Bobber, how can you possibly say “same sights around most of the island” seems you did not get out of Kralendilk or the main drag/strip of Bonair. Did you make it to ‘Pink Beach’ and observe the euro topless babes sunbathing? Or over to Lac Bay or near by at Sorobon Beach Resort, if you did not make it around the island I suggest you go try it again, It definitely beats the looking at the land whales of AC…

#74500 - 10/06/03 11:09 PM Re: Thanks Idaho  
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Idaho, all these months I thought your negative comments about Belize and diving were about the DIVING but it now appears the problem was about the lack of naked/attractive women. Puts a whole new slant on your comments....

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#74502 - 10/07/03 07:10 AM Re: Thanks Idaho  
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I was there late March of this year. An unexpected norther hit within a few days of my arrival, making for some big, big swells. It was challenging, but I managed to get some good dives in. I stayed at Playa Blanca Dive Resort, Gaz's place, and had an excellent DM -- Andy, leading the way. The water temp wasn't that bad, around 80, and a shortie was enough for me. If you decide to do the Blue Hole/Lighthouse Reef trip, I recommend using Amigo Del Mar. They have a pro 48 boat, that offers the smoothest ride for this trip. The diving on that trip (you do 2 on Lighthouse after the Blue Hole dive), was in calm water with super viz. Many folks use AC as their base, then go off on overnight trips to the outer atolls, to have the pleasure of extended diving at these great sites.

#74503 - 10/07/03 08:28 AM Re: Thanks Idaho  
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We have our opinions, Idaho. I dove just about every site between the Salt Pier and the park, and did the loop through the park. Seen enough for me.

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