The Bottom Time is a dive shop right on the Holiday Hotel's pier, so you're just
a few steps away from the most exciting diving in the world. |
| The exciting Shark-Ray Alley |
scuba or snorkel, everything you need is right here, including courses for
From Mexico Rocks to the sunken wrecks, and the Great Blue Hole to Shark Ray Alley, the scuba diving and snorkeling along the reefs of Belize is something you will never forget.
And at Bottom Time, we can take care of your every need. For over 30 years, we have been satisfying the divers of the world, and if you have never had the delight of scuba, we can teach you everything you need to know!
Come and see us at the San Pedro Holiday Hotel, and we will show you Seaworld without the glass!
There are more than 20 miles and 40 established dive sites available along the Belize Barrier Reef one-half mile east and parallel to Ambergris Caye. This is a section of the Great Western Caribbean Barrier Reef, the longest continuous stretch of reef in the western hemisphere. Although there is considerable diversity, sites immediately accessible to Ambergris Caye can be categorized as deep canyons or walls, medium depth to shallow coral gardens and the aforementioned unique Shark-Ray encounter. Most dive sites are 5 to 20 minutes from the hotel dock. Cuts through the reef access the deep sites, which normally offer 70 to 80 foot dive profiles. The outer reef is a continuous massive spur and groove system, which eventually tumbles to a deep wall. The characteristic features of most deep sites are arches, swim-throughs, fissures and canyons that invite a meandering, maze-like exploration.
Most sites feature excellent reef fish populations and the opportunity always exists for exciting pelagic encounters. Water temperatures are typically Caribbean-tropical and visibility nearly always hovers around the 100 foot mark. Popular deep sites Bottom Time regularly visits include Victoria Tunnels, M and M Caverns, Cypress Canyons and Tres Cocos (three coconuts).
| The world reknown Great Blue Hole. |
The coral garden type dives are typified by Hol Chan Marine Park, Ambergris Caye's most popular shallow dive site. Just 15 minutes south of the dock, this protected area features a great species richness, including groupers, snappers, angelfish, parrotfish, eels and Barracuda. Other excellent shallow sites recommended for scuba or snorkeling are Mexico Rocks and Tuffy Rocks.
One of Ambergris Caye's most unique diving experience is Shark-Ray Alley, a worldwide exclusive. On a shallow sand, grass and patch coral bottom close to Hol Chan is a natural amphitheater that presents a Nurse Shark and stingray spectacle. Snorkelers and scuba divers can expect to find, without delay, up to 10 or 12 Nurse Sharks and as many Southern Stingrays.
The dance of the sharks and rays will appear upclose and, at times, personal, as the three and a half to four and a half foot sharks and three to four foot wide rays glide by within a few inches of each diver. Divemasters usually bring food scraps and feed the actors, at which time you will probably want to sit back and watch. It's a hoot and a video or photo-op you won't want to miss.