Time of year you went: May 21st to 29th 2005 (end of the busy season – things are slowing down before the rainy season starts, perfect time to go)
Boat/Resort you visited: Ramon’s Village - It was definitely the right choice. We were in one of the thatched huts (top floor) near the beach. I loved the balcony and large windows, I am not sure I would have been happy in the garden units, they did not seem to have the privacy we had (shared patio areas). Ask if they have a bar fridge available for the room – they make them available on request (no charge!), first come first served. There is a new well grocery store with beer and wine about a block away. Prepaying breakfast was a good decision.
Diving Report: Five days diving with Ramon’s Dive shop. Dive master Rolando and crew Cha Cha. They were great and we appreciated having the same dive master each day. We got to know each other and what to expect. We did NOT dive the same location twice. The rays, turtles, sharks, eels and loads of other fish were great to see along with healthy coral, coral canyons made for excellent diving. The night diving is excellent – more marine life than I have seen on some week long trips. We did upgrade with the dive shop to do the Blue Hole and were very happy with Ramon’s dive boat “Miss Gina”. Ramon’s arranged for six people to do the trip which meant we had loads of room. We saw other boats with 20+ divers – they looked very crowded! Blue Hole diving was spectacular and well worth the effort of getting there. The two other dives of the day were fantastic, with loads of marine live and incredible coral. Go prepared to eat, they sure feed you well!!! The day was long (5:30AM departure and 4:30PM return) but will be one of my life’s most memorable dive trips.
Would you go back or recommend to a friend?: Definitely recommend it – as a matter of fact, I already have – along with giving them Fly and Sea’s brochure.
What could have been better, things people should be aware of?: Go for the lay over in Houston, it makes for a relaxed arrival in Belize!
Author of Report: Judy Dumont-Stead