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Scuba Diving in Southern Belize - 15 Dives, Ruins, Jungles

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Hi Everyone!

I usually do a spring trip to Utah, but this year I'm mixing it up a bit with a diving trip to southern Belize. This one of the world's top diving destinations and easily the best in the Americas. The iconic Blue Hole itself is often ranked one of the top "must do" dives in the world, and the less famous Glover reef and the Elbow on Turneffe Atoll often have even better diving.

Diving will be the core of the trip, but we'll have time to check out Myan ruins, explore the rain forests, and chill on the beach too.

We'll be staying in southern Belize, away from the crowds in the north and closer to the best diving sites.

It should be a great trip!

-Andre

How to RSVP:

Add yourself to the waiting list and contact Andre if you're interested and he'll have the dive shop contact you.

- You'll be paying the dive shop directly, with 50% due when you book
- If you're willing to share a room (2 beds) that can be arranged
- Price are 10% off the rates below since we have 10 people.

Trip Highlights:

World Class Diving at the Blue Hole, Turneffe Atoll, Glover's Reef, and South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Dives have great visibility and most are suitable for all skill levels, although the Blue Hole itself is for advanced divers.

Turneffe Reef dives (http://www.dive-the-world.com/diving-sites-belize-turneffe-reef.php)

"Considered by most to be the best diving that Belize has to offer, Turneffe is on all of the liveaboard itineraries."

It include The Elbow (http://www.dive-the-world.com/diving-sites-belize-turneffe-reef-the-elbow.php): "The 'must do' dive on Turneffe, stunning drop-offs and dramatic reef formations set a spectacular background to this dive site. Large schools of snappers and jacks feed in mid-water above the reefs, large jewfish and other groupers hide in the canyons. Groups of eagle rays are commonly seen as well as occasional sightings of sharks."

Light Reef and the Blue Hole:

Lighthouse Reef can boast an extraordinary diversity of reef topography including sandy reef-flat areas, walls, grooves and channels, caves and caverns.

The Blue Hole (seen above) is one of the most famous dives in the world. A collapsed cave roof makes a the hole shape which bottoms out at about 150m. You will go down to around 40m to see the now submerged remnants of stalactites.

Paradise Vacation Hotel (http://www.belize123.com/), right on the beach!

Non-Diving Higlights:

7 mile cave-tubing: http://www.belizex.com/caves_branch.htm

Many Mayan Ruins: There are several famous ones, and the tallest building in Belize is actually a Mayan temple.

Also hiking, beaches, bird watching, waterfalls, caving, deep sea fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing.

Itinerary:

We'll have an inclusive package of dives and lodging for the group through Friday night. That's 7 nights with 5 days of diving, so we have some flexibility in case of bad conditions.

After that some of us will be staying another night to check out the ruins and see the sights. We'll discuss some rough plans, but what you do each day, where you eat, when you get up, that's all up to you.

Here's the Schedule:

Sat - Travel, Night 1 of Package
Sun - Diving Package
Mon - Diving Package
Tue - Diving Package
Wed - Diving Package
Thu - Diving Package
Fri - Diving Package, last night of package
Sat - Interior (Rain forest/ ruins)/ night at TBD
Sun - Travel back home

The Dive Package:

15 Dives with Avadon Diver (http://avadondiversbelize.com/) (5-star tripadvisor.com reviews (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g291977-d1382918-Reviews-Avadon_Divers-Placencia_Stann_Creek.html)).

Blue Hole & Lighthouse Reef– 5 Dives (inc 1 night dive)

Glovers Reef – 3 Dives

Turneffe Islands – 2 Dives

Southern Barrier Reef 5 Dives (inc 1 night dive)

5-nights on the mainland at Paradise Vacation Hotel (http://www.belize123.com/) (4.5-star (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g291977-d1170619-Reviews-Paradise_Vacation_Hotel-Placencia_Stann_Creek.html) tripadvisor.com reviews (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g291977-d1170619-Reviews-Paradise_Vacation_Hotel-Placencia_Stann_Creek.html)) right on the beach in the small resort town of Placencia. All rooms haveAC, Jacuzzi on the roof top, bikes, kayaks, Wi-Fi in the full restaurant, and bar. Placencia has the best beaches according to Lonely Planet, so it should be a real treat.

2-nights Light House Reef (near the Blue Hole)

Included Gear and Miscellaneous stuff:

Full Scuba Gear – BCDs, Regs, Wetsuits, Masks, Fins, Snorkels,beach towel - and Personal Gear Wash & Storage

Sales Tax of 12.5%, Hotel Tax & Service Charges, Park Fees & Recompression Chamber Fees

Transfer to & from our Dive Shop

Local Air Transfer to and from Placencia Airport and Belize International Airport, and transfer to and from our hotel and Placencia Airport

On Dive Days:

Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks: Continental Breakfast of coffee & tea service with banana bread, lunch of Belizean-style cuisine, fruit & refreshments all day

Dinner for 2 Nights

Cost:

Dive Package Rates:

Single Occupancy – Per Person – US$2457 Double Occupancy – Per Person – US$1971

Other Costs:

Airfare: $600- $800 to Belize City. (Don't buy any tickets until you've check with me since we have to coordinate our arrive.) Insurance: Everyone should have travel insurance. Divers should have insurance that specifically covers diving (it is often excluded from medical coverage). Food: Personal preference whether you want inexpensive street food or resort restaurants. Only two dinners included in the package, but there are several restaurants in the area. Some of us are staying another night and day past the package. As a baseline, if we choose to stay at the Paradise another night, it would be $45/pp. Various full day guided trips to ruins, caves, hikes, etc, are $100 to $180. This part is only semi-organized, and we might just play it by ear once we are down there.

Weather:

This is the dry season (and unfortunately the high season for tourism).

Weather is tropical muggy, mid 70s to night to high 80s in the day.

The ocean is about 80f year around.

http://weatherspark.com/averages/32706/Belize-City

Q&A:

What diving experience is required?

None, but not everyone enjoys diving, so if you haven't dived before you probably shouldn't commit to the dives in advance. You can get certified at the resort if you'd like.

- Open Water Course is US$250 each

- Open Water Referral is US$200 each

This photo of Avadon Divers (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g291977-d1382918-Reviews-Avadon_Divers-Placencia_Stann_Creek.html) is courtesy of TripAdvisor

This photo of Avadon Divers (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g291977-d1382918-Reviews-Avadon_Divers-Placencia_Stann_Creek.html) is courtesy of TripAdvisor