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Dive Review of Amigos Del Mar/Grand Colony Villas in
Belize/Turneffe Atoll

Amigos Del Mar/Grand Colony Villas: "Turneffe Atoll Day Trip", May, 2018,

by Gregory C Hill, CA, US ( 2 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10779.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Day trip to Turneffe Atoll with Amigos Del Mar. This was a great day trip to one of the offshore islands and reefs from Ambergris Caye. Amigos Del Mar provided a large and comfortable dive boat for the long ride (1 hour out, 2 hours back) to the reefs from Ambergris Caye. The boat had two covered decks (main deck and upper), a marine head, plenty of benches and seating, and an area for preparing lunch and snacks. This trip was 17 divers, which was very uncrowded. Divers were from US, Canada, and Europe. The staff provided a simple but plentiful continental breakfast of fruit, juices, pastries, and coffee on the dock, and a hot home cooked lunch of rice, chicken curry, salad, and desserts at sea. The divers were split into three smaller groups with excellent guides. The U/W terrain varied between the three dive sites (north atoll and Elbow), but generally 30-40 foot depth reef top and the sloping to vertical wall to 100+ feet. Abundant coral and large sea fans and sponges, much healthier and vibrant than the Ambergris Caye reefs, but fewer sharks and turtles than the inshore reefs. Guides allowed divers to dive their profiles, and most divers got their maximum bottom time. Lionfish were much more prevalent at Turneffe than at Ambergris Caye, but guides and other boat crew were very aggressive and successful in "harvesting" the lionfish, which are provided to local restaurants and families. Overall, an excellent trip and highly recommended for those staying on Ambergris Caye that can't do the offshore resorts or liveaboards.
Websites Amigos Del Mar   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California, Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii, Micronesia, Galapagos
Closest Airport Ambergris Caye/Belize City Getting There Easy, US to Belize City, then short flight to Ambergris Caye

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay in sight of guide, 80 foot max depth.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Dive boat had usual rinse buckets for cameras, electric outlets, dry areas for camera set up and accessory storage, but no special camera tables.
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