Dive trips are available from San Pedro to all of Belize's best dive sites all year around as follows:
1. 1 tank local dive - US$ 50
2. 2 tank local dives - US$ 80
3. 3 tank local dives - US$ 110
4. Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley dive n snorkel combo - US$ 70
5. Bacalar Chico Marine Park (3 dives) - US$ 165
6. Lighthouse Reef/Blue Hole (3 dives) - US$ 230
7. Turneffe Atoll (The Elbow) (3 dives) - US$ 260
1. Hol Chan - US$ 30
2. Mexico Rocks - US$ 40
Please note that for all our daytrip diving in Ambergris Caye you pay only a 20% deposit upon booking, and then pay the balance on your arrival.
Morning boat tours depart every day at 9 am, pick up from your hotel in San Pedro at 8:30 am, return at noon. Afternoon tours depart at 2 pm, returning at 5 pm. Bacalar Chico is a full day trip (9 am - 3:30 pm). A minimum of 4 participants guarantees departure. Turneffe and Blue Hole/Lighthouse Reef trips depart at 7 am and return at 4:30 pm; a minimum of 8 participants guarantees departure on these trips.
Daytrip prices normally include: return San Pedro docks transfer, boat transport, dives, professionally qualified divemaster (maximum ratio of 6:1), weights and weight-belts, tanks, fresh fruit, snacks, beverages, and taxes. On full day trips to Turneffe and Lighthouse reefs, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and juice will also be provided.
Prices exclude (mandatory, unless customer provides own): 12.5% General Sales Tax (GST), rental scuba equipment (US$ 25 per day), marine park fees (Bacalar Chico trips US$ 5, Hol Chan/Mexico Rocks trips US$ 10, Blue Hole trips US$ 40). All the listed items need to be paid in cash on arrival.
Optional extras: dive computer, dive insurance.
Note that day trips to Blue Hole require a minimum of 10 divers to operate. Normally during the High Season of January-April, these run 3 times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Outside of the High Season, they usually run once per week on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Your trip starts with a boat pick up at your nearest dock. On the boat before each dive, you will be given a thorough dive site briefing. The journey to the local dive sites is usually just a few minutes. Hol Chan is 10 minutes away, Bacalar Chico is 45 minutes. The boat crew will assist you in putting on your BCD, and help you enter the water. Dives usually last 45 minutes. The Divemasters will help you during the dive (if needed), and after the dive they will assist you in getting back on the dive boat, including removing and storing your gear. Once back on the boat, you will be given a cold pouch of drinking water and a hot eucalyptus scented hand towel to wash off the salt water. Upon returning to the dock between local dives, you will be treated to fresh fruit, juices, cookies, chips and salsa.
After your surface interval, dive 2 takes place. Afterwards the dive the boat cruises back to the dock and then you will be transferred back to the dock nearest to your accommodation.
Ecologic Divers is a premier PADI Five Star Dive Center located in San Pedro. Their PADI Divemasters and Dive Instructors are helpful, courteous, professional and a lot of fun. They provide a valet-type diving experience unmatched on the island, allowing you and your group to be free of the worry and hassle of dealing with your gear during your vacation. Bring your gear to the centre and then not have to deal with it again for the remainder of your visit. They will change your tanks, make any needed weights adjustments, and have your gear on the boat ready for your next dive. At the end of your day's diving they will rinse and store your gear. The next day your gear will be set up and loaded on the boat, ready to go. They are committed to making your diving entertaining, exciting and, most importantly, a memorable and safe experience.
There are 5 small dive boats of different specifications used for the local dive sites. But they are all fitted with canvas canopies for protection from the sun, entry/exit ladders, life jackets, life rings, emergency O2, mobile phone communications.
The Miss Gina, a Pro 42 dive boat, carries up to 16 divers and is used for dive trips to the Turneffe Atoll. The Lady Grace, a Newton 46 dive boat, can accommodate up to 24 divers plus crew and provides a comfortable outing for those wanting to dive the Blue Hole.
Ambergris Caye is Belize's largest offshore key and ideal for a resort stay close to Belize's barrier reef. The reef runs parallel to the shore and consists of a variety of ecosystems: mangrove cayes, coral reefs, seagrass bed and lagoons. This means a great variety of diving in well protected waters. You can also expect a wider variety of species here than many other parts of Belize, such as nurse sharks, southern sting rays and horse-eye jacks.
Turneffe Atoll is the largest and most spectacular of the 3 atolls in Belize. There are dive sites here to suit all experience levels from shallow reefs to wrecks and drop-offs. Big fish action can include manta rays. eagle rays, nurse sharks and, if you are very lucky, even hammerheads and dolphins.
Lighthouse Reef is the jewel in the Belizean diving crown; its reefs are spectacularly colourful and packed with life. It is also close to the world-famous Blue Hole. Watch the Belize diving video to get a better idea of what to expect from your Belize trip.
Note: these scuba day trips listed above are available to qualified divers only. If you have non diving partner who would like to get a taste of Ambergris Caye and the Belize Barrier Reef then we can also organize introductory dives and courses.