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This is our brand new dive shop rebuilt in the Fall of 2016 after Hurricane Earl destroyed our old shop.  We are still in the same place, on the north end of Barrier Reef Drive just south of the Phoenix Resort.  Yes, we are now open for business.  Please come visit us!

Great Blue Hole

The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize.  It lies near the center of the Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 36 miles from Ambergris Caye.  The hole is circular in shape, 984 ft across and 407 feet deep.  We dive the Blue Hole to a depth of 130 feet where we explore the stalactites.

Mayan Ruins

Mayan ruins and archaeological sites are found throughout Belize.   The Xunantunich site is located 80 miles west of Belize City near the Guatemalan border.  Pictured is the El Castillo temple at Xunantunich, the second tallest structure in Belize.  Let us book your mainland trips and tours.

Spotted Eagle Ray

Spotted eagle rays are commonly sighted in Belize waters, and you will often see them on our dive trips.  If you are snorkeling at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, be on the lookout for them swimming through the bowl.  They are amazingly beautiful and graceful critters.

Nurse Shark

Nurse sharks seem to always be around on many of our dive trips.  They are, for the most part, harmless.  Ask your Divemaster to dive Esmeralda as these sharks frequent the area.  In contrast to other local dive shops, we do not allow the touching of sharks or any other marine wildlife.

Our Dive Guests

This is a group of our dive guests chillaxing in one of the pools at the Phoenix Resort next door to our dive shop.   The Phoenix Resort was named the best hotel in the world in 2012 by Trip Advisor.  Book a condo at The Phoenix -- it is definitely a first class place to stay on your dive vacation!

Dolphins

You never know when a pod of dolphins is going to show up on one of our dive trips.  It is fun to see them play and interact within the pod, and also with the divers -- they show real personality.

Cave Tubing

Cave tubing is a fun, low stress adventure on the mainland.  The waters in the river are normally shallow, cool and refreshing, and the cave is surprisingly large and long.  Book this trip with us on a day when cruise ships are not in port in order to avoid the maddening crowds.

Sunrise

Sunrise at the start of a beautiful day with our catamarans "Infinity" and "Inpromptu" at anchor near our dive shop.  Ask about live aboard chartering of these beautiful yachts in the cayes of Belize. . . 

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We can recommend or book your accommodations, dive trips, mainland tours, fishing trips, and even your commuter flights.  Call us at 1-800-244-7774.  We are here to help make your vacation on Ambergris Caye a special and memorable experience!

Protect Our Reefs

We discourage our guests from touching or disturbing the reef coral or any wildlife on their dives.  We value our reef and our wildlife, and want to do everything we can to protect this very special dive and vacation destination.  So ... don't touch our stuff!

Our Dive Trips

We offer the best dive trips on the island.  Our local reef dives and our dive trips to the atolls are lead by the best divemasters on the island.  They are committed to showing you the beauty down under.  Plus, they are a whole lot of fun!  Check out our dive trips here!

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Lamanai Mayan Ruins and Jungle River Cruise


Welcome In early March we were privileged to have Pastor Jim Kitchell from our church in Boulder City, Nevada visit us here in San Pedro.  We decided to take him on a mainland tour, specifically the Lamanai Mayan Ruins and Jungle River Cruise.  This cruise was booked through Ecologic Diver's tour operator, Mainland Tours.

We got up early on March 4, 2011 and my wife Sue, Jim and I took a taxi to the San Pedro airport for a 7:00am flight.  Waiting for us at the airport were Mark Cal, a Mayan descendant and our tour guide, and Shelly, Ecologic's front office manager.  We boarded our small single engine Maya Island Air commuter plane, and fifteen minutes later, we landed at the Belize City municipal airport.  Mark had his mini van parked at the airport, and we were soon heading north on the Pan American Highway towards Orange Walk, a city in northern Belize.

Spider Monkey We had not taken time to eat breakfast, and Mark knew of a food stand in Orange Walk that had great tacos.  We were soon served several dozen rolled chicken tacos, and they were snarfed down in a matter of minutes.   Soon we back in the van and on way to the boat dock on the bank of the slow moving "New River".

We boarded our boat, a 20 foot fiberglass boat with a small 85hp Yamaha outboard motor.  Our boat guide first took us down river for a short distance to show us a rum factory on the bank of the river.  We went to the shore close to a rehabilitation center where there were spider monkeys playing in the trees.   The monkeys were obviously used to people and being fed as they came up to the boat, and begged for food.  They took bananas out of our hands, quickly wolfed them down, and then they were off to play in the tree tops.

New River Our boat guide then headed up the river through a dense tropical jungle.  The river meanders very slowly to the point that it is impossible to determine the direction of the flow of water.  Beautiful growths of lily pads lined the river banks.  One may see crocodiles floating near the river's edge, turtles, camouflaged bats and the "Jesus Christ Bird" which literally walks on water.  The river seemed like a maze with countless branches from the main stream, and often I would guess wrong as to which was the main stream.  Even Mark, who has been on this tour countless times, could not always determine the right branch to take.

The river trip is long, about 26 miles through the jungle, and eventually the river opened up into a huge lagoon, maybe a mile wide, and what seemed like many miles long.  We soon headed over to the Lamanai boat dock on the west side of the lagoon, and walked up a path to the Lamanai Welcome Center.  "Lamanai" means "submerged crocodile" in the Mayan language.

Mask Temple From there we began a half mile walk through an amazing rain forest of mainly palm trees with palm fronds that were twenty or thirty feet in length.  These fronds created a canopy over the trail that would have kept us dry even in a thunderstorm.  We soon reached the "Mask Temple" with its carved faces on the front walls of the temple.

After a short walk from the Mask Temple, we arrived at the "High Temple".  This temple is huge, and after some serious discussion, Jim (who is 82), and I decided to climb to the top.  The climb was very steep, and Sue and Shelly could not watch our climb for fear that we might fall.  However we reached the top with no problems, and were greeted with a stunning view of the surrounding rain forest and the New River Lagoon.  I dreaded going down because of the steepness, but we had no choice but to inch our way down the temple face by side stepping a step at a time (which felt relatively safe).

Jaguar Temple Once down, we made our way to the "Jaguar Temple" which was close by.  Sue and Shelly decided to climb this temple, and they also made it to the top and back with no mishaps.  Then it was back to the Welcome Center for a traditional Belizean picnic lunch of stewed chicken, rice and beans, potato salad, and pico di gallo.  This meal was so good that we all helped ourselves to seconds.  During our meal, I kept hearing these strange noises from the forest, and we were told that it was howler monkeys making their howling noises.  They apparently make these noises to ward off other monkeys from encroaching into their territory.  We then spent some time going through the Lamanai museum which explained many of the wonders we were privileged to see.

We then returned to our boat, and about an hour later, we arrived back at the dock.  Much of return trip was spent looking for wildlife, and several crocodiles were spotted swimming near the river banks.  We boarded our van for the return trip, and about another hour later, we arrived at the Belize City airport where we caught the last flight out to San Pedro.

Another amazing Belizean adventure had come to an end...


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