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Dive Recommendations: Roatan, Belize City & Cozumel

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by djmccarthy, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. djmccarthy

    djmccarthy Angel Fish

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    My wife & I are in search for our Hawaii in the Caribbean. We live in NH and want to find a place that is not a 12 hour flight to get there.

    We are taking our second Western Caribbean Cruise this time on the Norwegian Pearl out of Miami, March 8-15, 2009. We'll be stopping in Roatan, Belize City & Cozumel.

    Any recommendations for dive shops that work with cruisers?

    If I couldn't dive all three, my wife doesn't dive, only snorkels, what are the must dives. I'm PADI AOW Certified. 1st, 2nd 3rd island dive choices?

    Any recommendations on really good shops that provide for a diver & snorkeler to have a great time doing their own thing at the same time together?

    Thanks!
     
  2. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

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    If I were stopping there I would on Roatan go with AKR, CZM with Aldora........@ Belize City, you'll have to go out to the one of the Caye's--that will be hard to do ie on a cruise---time wise????
     
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  3. djmccarthy

    djmccarthy Angel Fish

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    Thanks! Much appreciated!
     
  4. Papa_Bear

    Papa_Bear Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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  5. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

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    Forgot about the shark dive on Roatan(like PaPa bear said)....go straight to the 2 Italians--they call it Cara a Cara, are on the south side, west of the airport @ Las Palmos 'shopping center'---lol......great little dive-one you won't forget for a while....
     
  6. bexpet

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    I'm looking for a 4 or 5 day package to somewhere in the Carribbean or Mexico for a Christmas/New Years get away. Any and all suggestions welcome.


    Peter
     
  7. scubajcf

    scubajcf Dive Travel Professional

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    Just got back from Playa. Dove Playa (Wrecks and Bulls), Cozumel and the Cenotes.

    Non stop on USAIR. Plenty of connections with Continental through Houston.

    Stayed at the Riu Yucatan. Not bad. Got a great deal. Not a big fan of all inclusives. Nice beach, decent buffet.

    Dove with GeoFish Dive Center. Absolutely great dive shop. They take care of all your needs.

    Other Options:
    St. Croix -Carambola Resort and Cane Bay Divers

    Belize (San Pedro) - Stay at the Sun Breeze Hotel and Ecologic Divers

    Bonaire is too far for 5 days ... need a week
    Key West - Tons to pick from there. Get in some nice wreck diving. Probably be pretty crowded.
    Roatan ... same as Bonaire

    Good luck.

    JcF
     
  8. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

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    The Caribbean is wide open---weather dependant---@ that time of the year.....Example: US cold fronts that drop temps lets say to 15-20 degrees F. in the deep south will kick your butt in CZM, Belize, Roatan etc(wind & rain wise)......Now saying that, CZM and somewhat Belize will be 'shut down' diving wise for a few days----Roatan has 360 degree diving so all you'll do is dive the South side(resorts move their boats there for a few days) if you're staying on the North side.....I know BIBR, AKR, ILR, SDM do anyway......Therefore,----I would concentrate on Roatan.....btw, I've been to Roatan 12 times in Dec or January & have lost a total of 1/2 (afternoon while they were moving the boats) days of diving 2 times---@ least with those 4 places I mentioned.....and---it's never been in the 50's there, ever...:D, nice......
     

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