Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dolphin Encounters

Divers have been having an unusual amount of Dolphin encounters on our Barrier Reef dives. I think it's courtship time. Like humans dolphin mate throughout the year, but spring is a peak time locally.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Belize Weather for June


Belize Weather for June
High on the list of Belize’s many charms is a very comfortable tropical climate with an average yearly temperature of 84° F (29°C). Costal sea breezes and Belize’s large tracts of jungle and rainforests provide cooling relief even in the hottest summer months while winters can be cool but never very cold. In short, the climate is pretty much near perfect.

Even in winter the temperature in Belize rarely falls below 60°F (16°C), while throughout summer the mercury sits at around 86°F (30°C). Humidity is also fairly consistent at around 85 percent.

With temperatures so consistent year round, Belize has two, rather than four seasons– the wet and the dry.
June through December marks Belize’s wet season, when parts of the country receive up to 150 inches of rain and the heavy, sometimes wild storms associated with the Caribbean occur, usually in the late afternoons. The most frequent rainfall usually occurs in June or early July and is punctuated by a break in late July or August known as the "little dry."

The wet is also hurricane season, and while statistically Belize does not attract many major direct hits, it does get its share of severe tropical weather with high winds and rain. However, Belize and its neighbors share a cooperative early warning network, and the country’s safety, evacuation and other procedures have proven to be effective.

This is another warm month, with June temperatures in Belize averaging 86°F (30°C) to 82°F (28°C). However, fresh easterly breezes off the Caribbean Sea and more frequent short afternoon showers moderate the temperatures and make June a generally pleasant month.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Our pool at Las Terrazas


Turtle Mating Season on Ambergris Caye, Belize

June is mating season for the Loggerhead Turtle on Ambergris caye. March to early June and females lay eggs between late April and early September. Females lay three to five nests, and sometimes more, during a single nesting season. The eggs incubate approximately two months before hatching sometime between late June and mid-November.
Taken today at Sandypoint, I swear this guy is smiling :-
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

New 2015 E-learning Prices

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Dive The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and snorkel Shark Ray Alley


The Divemasters call this trip a 'Combo' because it's a combination Dive and Snorkel trip. 
It's the perfect dive for those who haven't been in the water for a while or for first time divers.
maximum depth is 30 feet/10 meters.
Underwater Photographers heaven as the marine life seems to be unafraid and cooperative.
Shark/Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve:
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve was established in 1987 as Belize's first Marine Park.   The word Hol Chan in Mayan means, “little channel” and the reserve was created around this natural break in the reef.   The Hol Chan is located approximately 4 miles southeast of San Pedro, and about 9 miles northeast of Caye Caulker. It was formed to control the fishing and diving in the area.   The channel of Hol Chan is well known for large schools of fish including parrotfish, grouper and snapper, as well as green moray eels and resident Turtles.  It has been divided into three zones that are marked by buoys.   They are laid out accordingly with the main habitats – mangroves, sea grass, and coral reef.   The reserve is a popular spot for snorkelers and divers interested in seeing the colorful coral formations and large schools of fish. The popular Shark/Ray Alley, recently added to the reserve, is an area where visitors can snorkel and swim with docile nurse sharks, and stingrays.   The idea of swimming with these seemingly intimidating creatures can be a daunting thought for many people, but visitors are often pleasantly surprised by the ease with which these graceful creatures interact with them. Marine life is plentiful throughout the entire reserve, and the area is perfect for divers and snorkelers of all levels of experience.   Visitors must be mindful, however, that carelessly standing or touching the beautiful coral formations can easily destroy the fragile ecosystem. Touching the coral can also cause painful burns and stings.   Respecting the simple rules of the park is one way to help preserve the natural environment for future generations.
The Combo Cost $70.usd and includes tank and weights.
Park fee $10.usd (paid in cash at the park)
The trip departs White Sands Dive Shop at 9:am daily and returns 12:30pm

Monday, March 23, 2015

Prepare Yourself to Dive the Great Blue Hole


 Become a PADI Advanced Diver. PADI’s eLearning option – to get started immediately. The web-based system lets you learn about seven of the most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, plus Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist. You study at your own pace through an easy to use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Adventures in Diving manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by your PADI Instructor.


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

Today's Newest Diver in the World
Congrats Dahlia

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snorkel Mexico Rocks


Mexico Rocks
Mexico Rocks is a shallow patch reef complex located off the northern tip of Ambergris Caye, on  the Belizean Barrier Reef. The site consists of approximately 100 Holocene patch reefs, clustered on a ridge of Pleistocene limestone, and is composed predominantly of boulder corals (Montastraea annularis). The reef has accumulated in shallow (about 2.5 to 5 meters) water over the last 420 years. The Montastraea annularis patch corals that dominate here are unique to Ambergris Caye's northern lagoon and a rare occurrence in Belize. The site was recommended for designation as a marine preserve in 1978, and is still under consideration.  It is seen as an important addition to the caye's ecotourism attractions, being a popular snorkeling destination. The area is known for conch, banded shrimp, arrow crab, flounders, stingray, yellow tail snappers, and an assortment of butterfly fish and angelfish.
We have daily snorkeling trips to Mexico Rocks for 45.usd. Departs at 2: pm returns 5:pm. currently there is no park fee.


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lionfish Invasion



Lionfish
Pterois is a genus of venomous marine fish, commonly known as lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific.
It’s hard to be a diver nowadays and not know about the Lionfish invasion in the Caribbean.  The problems stems from what is termed an invasive species. It has no natural predators on this side of the planet to restrain its population growth and the population has exploded.  As a result the food supply gets depleted and the negative snowballing effect on the environment begins to harm the reef. 
Campaigns to control their harmful presents have sprung up over the entire continent.  Of the many different ideas of controlling their population one stands out as being very effective, divers spearing and eating them.  Divers have devised a special spear that has been approved by industry. 
 Laws, rules and regulations about spearing fish while diving have been lifted for this one species. Restaurants have included them on their menus as a special delicacy. There is no worse curse on the planet than to taste good.

If you’re a diver or snorkeler and you love our reef pick up a spear and kill a Lionfish. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

December Weather San Pedro Ambergris Caye Belize

December Weather San Pedro Ambergris Caye Belize
The month of December is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 82°F throughout the month, exceeding 86°F or dropping below 77°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of December typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 12 mph (calm to gentle breeze), rarely exceeding 16 mph (moderate breeze).

Belize’s high season for tourism is from November to May. This time period runs simultaneously with the dry season, which is the best time for weather in Belize. Coincidently, this point in time also matches with the great white north’s winter which means lots of Americans and Canadians escape the cold searching for warmer climate.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dolphins at Sandy Point

Shot on a dive yesterday by Juan Carlos
video

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Cleaning Station

This Grouper is visiting the Cleaning Station. 
A fascinating place where he parks himself motionless, opens his mouth and flairs his gills while small cleaner fish rush out to eat particles from his teeth, gills and skin as if it where a cleaning service.
He respectfully shakes to warn the fish he's leaving and they exit his mouth and gills before he closes them.

Pool Practices before a trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Great Blue Hole



The Great Blue Hole in Belize
Approximately 45 miles from Ambergris Caye, the almost perfectly circular Blue Hole is more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) across and some 400 feet (123 meters) deep. The hole is the opening to what was a dry cave system during the Ice Age. When the ice melted and the sea level rose, the caves were flooded, creating what is now a magnet for intrepid divers. Today the Blue Hole is famed for its sponges, barracuda, corals, angelfish—and a school of sharks often seen patrolling the hole’s edge.
This 3 dive day trip departs 5:30 am  returns 5:00 pm. coffee and continental breakfast, Picnic Lunch is on Halfmoon Caye.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

May Weather on Ambergris Caye Belize

May Weather on Ambergris Caye Belize

Summertime's  warmer, calm water  is preferred by many divers.  Average water temperature around Belize's Barrier Reef is 82f.  May is still solidly in the Belize Dry Season and has significantly lower rainfall than the rest of the year. When rain does come it is usually in mild, short bursts. Temperatures for May fall between 86°F (29°C) during the day and 76°F (24°C) at night. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Weather on Ambergris Caye Belize

April Weather
Some people say April is the best month to visit Ambergris Caye.  It's not too crowded, not too hot, not the rainy season, it all seems to be just right. With the average temperature at  86 f. it's a very comfortable tropical climate with cooling coastal sea breezes in the evenings. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Weather in Belize


February in Belize falls firmly within the dry season, and it has more consistently dry weather although Northers still come in on a regular basis, keeping the humidity in check. Temperatures are still comfortable and mild during the day in the high-70s and low-80s, but at night they can become significantly cooler. The trade winds blow regularly, making this month ideal.
 During February the temperatures in Belize typically vary between a daily high of about 80 degrees and a daily low of 70 degrees.
 The dry season is also Belize’s high tourism season. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Prepare for the Blue Hole Adventure



Blue Hole/Adventure
Prepare yourself for the Blue Hole Dive by getting certified as an Adventure Diver.
Adventure Diver
The PADI Adventure Diver Course
The PADI Adventure Diver course helps you get more out of diving by introducing you to new types of scuba diving adventures. It’s a great opportunity to work with your instructor to build your scuba diving skills and gain more confidence.
Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure. Having trouble with underwater navigation? Review the underwater navigation section then sign up for the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive with your PADI Instructor.
The PADI Deep Dive After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives. The fun part about this course is the opportunity to explore the deep. It’s exhilarating.
What You Learn
Techniques for diving in the deeper range of 18-40 meters/ 60-130 feet
Deep scuba diving equipment considerations Experience in planning, organizing and making a deep dive under the supervision of your PADI Instructor
Price 325. usd