Scuba Diving Ambergris Caye
Local scuba diving leaves at 9am, 11am and 2 pm. Each departure time is for a single tank. We do the first diving then come back to the dock for surface interval. The reason is because the dive sites are less than 5 minutes away from the dive shop and at times our seas tends to be choppy and rather than letting the divers feeding the fish we just bring you back to the dive shop to get your land legs. The type of scuba diving offered here in San Pedro is mostly spur and groove canyon formation and swim through. We do drift dives (no current) and anchor dives. All dives are guided dives and are either led by a dive master or dive instructor.
The Blue Hole trip leaves at 5:30am and returns approximately at 5:30 pm. It is a three tank dive day deal/3 snorkel stops. It takes roughly 2-2 1/2 hours to get to the blue hole depending on the ocean conditions. The blue hole is the first stop, then Halfmoon Caye, where you have lunch and see the world famous booby birds. Besides Belize the only place that has boobies is galapagos. We have the red footed boobies and they have the blue footed boobies. After lunch we do the third and final stop at long caye, usually the aquarium where you literally have to push the fish out the way to see. After that stop we work our way back home.
Discover Scuba Diving you'll watch a short DVD, learn a few skills in the pool and then dive Hol Chan Marine Reserve accompanied by your instructor. A personalized certificate is given at the end of the course and credit is earned towards either Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver
Hol Chan Marine park is the only site that we can combine both diving and snorkeling. The park has been establish for over 10 years hence the marine life in this area is much larger and in much abundance than anywhere along the Barrier Reef.
Ambergris Caye, pronounced "am-BER-gris", is the largest island of Belize located northeast of the country in the Caribbean Sea. Though administered as part of the Belize District, the closest point on the mainland is part of the Corozal District.
The Caye (pronounced as "key", meaning an island, derived from Spanish: cayo) is about 40 kilometres (25 mi) long from north to south, and about 1.6 kilometres (1 mi) wide. It was named after large lumps of ambergris which washed ashore here
The Belizean island, where it has not been modified by man, is mostly a ring of white sand beach around swamp in the centre.
A Maya community lived on the island in Pre-Columbian times, and made distinctive polished red ceramics, most notably small well molded figurines of animals.
San Pedro Town is the largest settlement and only town on Ambergris. There are also a number of small villages and resorts. Captain Morgan's and Mata Chica resorts north of San Pedro played host to the first season of Fox's Temptation Island in 2000, aired in 2001. More recently, the availability of skydiving during the winter has become a draw for tourists so inclined.
Ambergris Caye Tourism development began in the early 1970s and grew considerably in the later years of the 20th century. The main attractions are the Ambergris Caye Barrier Reef and its beaches. That barrier reef is the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Ambergris Caye has a small airstrip serviced by Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, and can be reached by plane from Belize City as well as by numerous fast sea ferries. In the meantime Ambergris Caye can also be reached by ferry from Chetumal in Mexico.