This group trip is headed to San Pedro, Belize to the exotic Ramon’s Village. Belize is a land of mountains, tropical jungles, rivers, lakes, over 200 islands called “cayes” and the second largest barrier reef in the world, in one of the most beautiful settings in the Western Caribbean. The water is fabulous for swimming, diving and snorkelling, with temperatures averaging in the low 80s (Fahrenheit), making it enjoyable year round. Diving here you can expect colourful coral gardens, reef fish, diving shallow and deep wrecks, and many boat dives.
The Belize Barrier Reef, at 186 miles in length is the second largest coral formation in the world. The Barrier Reef is made up of a mixture of hard and soft corals, with the hard corals mainly at deeper depths and the soft corals nearer the surface. Commonly seen are Brain and Staghorn Corals, Sponges, Seafans, Finger and Angular Corals. The Barrier Reef is home to a wide variety of fish including Cubera and Yellowtail Snapper, Parrot Fish, Butterfly Fish, Blue Tang, and Blue Cromise. Barracuda and Moray Eels are commonly seen as are Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtles. You’ll see Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Nurse Sharks and the occasional Caribbean Reef Shark or Manta Ray. It’s even possible to dive with whale sharks as they visit Belize in the months of April and May.
This adventure is led by two Scuba Getaway reps who are also PADI Scuba Instructors. You can take this opportunity to further your dive training while in the gorgeous warm waters of Belize, you can complete your Open Water Certification dives, or take it to the next level with your Advanced Open Water Certification. You can feel comfortable being guided by experienced travellers and instructors, who are there to offer you support during your trip.
Marine life highlights to see:
• Sea turtles
• Splendid Toadfish
• Moray eel
• Spotted drum
• Caribbean reef sharks
• Spotted eagle rays
Ramon’s Village Resort is conveniently located within walking distance down the beach of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye. Though we have everything you need to enjoy a nice vacation: authentic palm thatch cabanas, fantastic beach, gift shop, dive shop, beach spa, and lagoon style pool.
Styled after the Tahitian cottages on the Polynesian island of Bora Bora, the cabanas are built from native materials by craftsmen utilizing the same skill and techniques the islanders used in the days of the great sailing ships. Ramon’s Village is a sanctuary nestled in a tropical garden of Royal Palms, bougainvillea, lilies, hibiscus and dozens of other types of tropical flora. Surrounded by the plant life are Mayan sculptures that provide a glimpse of the civilization that preceded in this Caribbean paradise. Once inside our enchanted village, you’ll be in a world of your own choosing.
Choose between a king bed or 2 double beds for your stay in a Seaside Standard or Seaside Deluxe room. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a private balcony with a hammock, daily minibar service, unlimited purified water, and air-conditioning.
The Seaside Standard units offer a choice with one King bed or two Full beds. These rooms feature Mahogany floors, locally handcrafted cabinetry, Palmetto wainscoting, a private bath with shower, and table and chairs for two. French panel door units open onto your own private veranda or balcony. Includes Wi-fi and air conditioning.
The Seaside Deluxe units offer a choice with one King bed or two Queen beds. The newly constructed Seaside Deluxe units have been carefully positioned to provide additional privacy and better views of the Caribbean.
The increased floor space allows for larger showers with bench, larger vanities with granite counter tops, increased luggage and clothes hanging area, in-room refreshment center, upholstered bamboo chairs with table and updated finishes throughout the room.
Over forty named dive sites lie within a five to fifteen minute boat ride from the Ramon’s Village Divers dock. Below are a few (but not all) highlights that we can expect to visit.
Ramon’s Canyons: This dive site located about ten minutes from Ramon’s Village Divers dock, is one of our divers’ favorite sites, not only because it’s our namesake, but because of its deep and extremely wide canyons and sandy bottoms. A site noted for its large Queen Conch and where you also have a good chance of seeing Spotted Eagle Rays.
The Hol Chan Cut: This is probably the most popular site off Ambergris Caye. It is in the middle of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and is a great refresher dive. It is also used often for training dives. Located inside the reef this twenty-eight foot site (if you want to go deeper you’ll need a shovel) is home to large grouper, turtles, moray eels, and schools of fish.
Tackle Box Canyons: Just five minutes away this site is noted for its deep vertical narrow canyons and numerous swim throughs. Watch for Lobster in the recesses. You’ll likely see turtles and nurse sharks and sometimes the Caribbean Reef Shark. Marine life is abundant on the top of these coral ridges.
Hol Chan Night Dive: Night Dives at Hol Chan offer a completely different experience than diving during the day. The beam of the dive light reveals a myriad of wondrous nocturnal critters such as, Basket Star, Octopus, Seahorse, and Orangeball Corallimorph. Every dive seems to include five or six Southern Stingrays and occasionally a visit from the neighborhood Lemon Shark.
Cypress Tunnels: The Cypress Tunnels site is a spur and groove reef that offers many swim throughs and long tunnels for you to explore. Our favorite begins at sixty feet and descends to about seventy feet over a distance of about one-hundred feet. This swim through is just large enough for divers to pass single file. If you enjoy swim throughs and tunnels, this is a great site. Exploring the grooves and spurs near the mooring line is always a great way to finish your dive. Here you can expect to find plenty of corals such as staghorn, lettuce and boulder coral. In amongst these coral formations, look for the smaller fish like the sailfin and triplefin blennies.
M&M Caverns: In front of the Mata Channel, about a half mile from Ramon’s Village Divers dock, M&M Caverns may be one of the best dives found off the barrier reef on Ambergris Caye. A very unique dive spot, due to huge coral mountains that grow right out of the sandy ocean floor, the diver can explore many tunnels and caverns. Because of the deep water surrounding these tunnels, there are always schools of Horse-Eye Jacks and a good opportunity to see deep water pelagics cruising the reef. A dive not to be missed!
The Pillar Corals: The name pretty well says it. Named after its proliferation of Giant Pillar Coral growth that harbor a wide variety of Snapper, Grouper, Squirrelfish, Bluestriped Grunts and Schoolmasters along with odd shaped swimmers such as Balloon, Porcupine Fish and Spotted Drum.
Paradise Canyons: Located toward the north end of San Pedro this site allows a wider white sand bottom between the coral ridges. Bright beautiful colors abound and there is an amazing concentration of tropical marine life.
Northern Turneffe: The northwest side of the Turneffe Atoll boasts some spectacular diving. Sites such as the Mini Elbow, Rendezvouz, Vicente Wall and Elkin’s Bay are samples of sites dived based upon the weather conditions and the group’s experience. Whether shallow dives for certification or wall dives for more experienced divers, our captains select the most appropriate site available each trip. The sites on the northwest side of the atoll average depths on the top of the wall between thirty and fifty feet with wide spur and groove formations and vertical walls dropping in excess of 100 feet before shelving and dropping again into the deep. An abundance of marine life includes schools of Cubera Snapper and a diverse population of grouper including Nassau, Tiger and Yellow fin. The dainty Spotted Drum and the Splendid Toadfish are seen regularly. Search the deep water for Spotted Eagle Rays, the rare Manta Ray, Turtles and Sharks including rare and exciting sightings of Hammerhead Sharks. This side of the Atoll is well protected from easterly and southeasterly winds making for ideal dive conditions on most days.
Prices are dependent on room selection and number of persons occupying the suite. Taxes have already been included.
Seaside Standard Room:
Two person occupancy: $2045 USD
One person occupancy: $3040 USD
Seaside Deluxe Room:
Two person occupancy: $2250 USD
One person occupancy: $3370 USD
Addition of Scuba Certification Dives:
Add Open Water Certification Dives for $150 USD
Add Advanced Water Certification for $200 USD
Prices do not include flights, gear rental, gratuities, and travel insurance (highly recommended). Please also note this is not an all-inclusive resort, breakfast included in our price only. You can purchase a lunch and/or dinner meal plan separately, there are also a variety of local restaurants nearby!
Dive insurance is required to travel with Scuba Getaway, travellers need to purchase this separately.