Saturday, March 4, 2017

March Weather in Belize



March
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.
With temperatures so consistent year round, Belize has two, rather than four seasons– the wet and the dry.
Belize’s dry season, falling between February and May, has significantly lower rainfall than the rest of the year, and when rain does come it is usually in mild, short bursts.
March weather in Belize is as pleasant as February’s.  Right in the middle of the dry season, the day and nights are clear and uninterrupted by rain. Belize temperatures for March fall between 83°F (28°C) during the day and 74°F (23°C) at night.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

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 55.usd. Departs at 2: pm returns 5:pm. 

Elbert Greer Break through at Mexico Rocks today. Some tourist wanted to Scuba dive there. After we explained it's too shallow they insisted. We discovered they loved it and booked another group for today. only 15 feet but packed with marine life and sort of a carefree dive with out time or depth concerns. good for students and those who need refreshing.
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

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 $80.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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Read This Important Information About The Blue Hole Dive.


The Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole that is 412 feet deep and 1,000 feet wide. It is located forty-three (43) miles from the mainland. The crystal-clear water allows you to see stalactites, stalagmites in this ancient cavern and sharks among other aquatic life.
Recreational Scuba Diving tours to the “Blue Hole” require special skill sets because of its unique environment; therefore, divers are required to be screened for eligibility to perform the recreational scuba diving tour. Based on the information provided, it is left to the discretion of the Scuba Diving Tour Operator to proceed with the Recreational Scuba Diving Tour or additional training prior to the same.
The Blue Hole Trip goes out about 5 times a week and it shouldn’t be any trouble getting you scheduled on one.
The Blue Hole is in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, two and a half hours by boat from Ambergris Caye and two and one half hours back.
The trip leaves at 5:30 am and returns about 5: 30 pm.  Regardless of lower advertised prices, after taxes, park fees and equipment rentals you'll spend over 300.usd for the trip.
The Blue Hole is an advanced 130foot/40 meters deep dive and done as the first of three dives on the Blue Hole trip. The second dive is Halfmoon Caye Wall and third dive The Aquarium. 
A warm up dive before doing the Blue Hole trip is highly recommended.
I get daily emails from divers who want to schedule this trip as the first dive of their vacation.  They’re excited about diving Belize and  the Blue Hole but don't think about being 130 feet down in a cavern wearing equipment they are unfamiliar with on the first dive of their vacation. Dive operators are screening divers wanting to sign up for the trip and you may be refused if you can't document experience and recent experience.
The new government regulations on diving the Blue Hole are designed to prevent divers visiting that are not prepared.
 What we require is that they do a day of diving on our Barrier Reef allowing them to refresh their skills and check out equipment before the advanced Blue Hole dive of 130 feet.
 Our morning trip on the Barrier Reef departs at 9:am and returns at 12:30ish. We require divers to be at the dive shop at 8:00 in order to prepare for that 9 am departure.
The local Barrier Reef in the front of Ambergris Caye is a world class diving site. You'll see turtles, sharks, eels and rays plus a colorful array of sponge and corals in 80 f. waters with high visibility.  The sites are 15 minutes from your dock because the Barrier Reef runs up and down if front of the island. These local dives will return you to your resort by lunch time. 



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Our Pool at Las Terrazas

We're lucky to have such a gorgeous pool and setting for our training.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

San Pedro Ambergris Caye Belize Weather for September

San Pedro Belize Weather for September
September temperatures in Belize average around 81°F (27°C), with highs of 86°F (30°C) and lows of 77°F (25°C). There is increasing rainfall, especially in early mornings and at night, but most days are sunny with warm temperatures. Water temps aren't bad either.

Friday, August 19, 2016


San Pedro Sundivers Wedding Party. This group had their priorities straight, You can get married anytime, lets dive.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Snorkeling Mexico Rocks is Big! San Pedro Ambergris Caye Belize

I don't usually share our Trip Advisor Reviews but this one I though you might enjoy since the recent Turtle death at Mexico Rocks upset everyone so.
“Buzz is great guide”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile San Pedro Belize.
Group of seven snorklers went out to Mexico Rock for a two snorkel adventures this morning. White Sands is very professional well organized. Great guide that explained the importance of NOT touching just LOOKING at the marine life.
Buz pointed out eels, green turtles, young nurse shark, spider crabs, lobsters and numerous fish. Perfect pace for our group of snorkelers. Not many other snorkelers around either.
Good to learn Mexico Rock is part of a marine sanctuary so only guided snorkelers are allowed in the water. Also good to learn that NO chumming is allowed now.
The marine life will change their behavior to more normal wild behavior aka not looking for food from humans, now that chumming is not allowed. Good for Belize for making the change and hopefully enforcing it.
Visited January 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

http://www.padi.com/scuba-vacations/belize

Monday, August 8, 2016

A quick word about the hurricane Earl in San Pedro Belize. We're the lucky ones that didn't get a lot of damage and aren't on the front page of the newspaper. It's business as usual around our dock. The phones and internet are up.

We're diving , snorkeling and fishing every day. The reef and water are fine. 

If you want to follow us on facebook the address is https://www.facebook.com/whitesandsdiveshop/

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Discover Scuba Diving The PADI way ( Resort Course)


The Jacksons dove The Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve Today after a rehearsal in the Pool. The Jacksons get credit with PADI through the Discover SCUBA Diving program for their first dive towards PADI Certification.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Turtle Mating Season on Ambergris Caye, Belize

June is mating season for the Loggerhead Turtle in San Pedro 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 :-
https://youtu.be/0WBLCtKGKIs

Sunday, May 1, 2016

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.


PADI eLearning


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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Belize Weather for January


January in Belize features mild temperatures and varying amounts of rainfall. This is the beginning of the dry season – not too dry and not yet wet, and is a very popular month for visitors both inland and on the coast.
January temperatures in Belize range from an average monthly low of 70°F (21°C) to a high of 80°F (27°C).

Friday, January 1, 2016

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. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

December Weather in San Pedro Ambergris Caye Belize

Belize Weather for December
December usually arrives wet and leaves drier as the wet season begins to wind down. December temperatures in Belize fall to an average low of 71°F (22°C) with highs of 80°F (27°C) for a monthly average of around 75°F (24°C) – the perfect weather to enjoy a comfortable Christmas holiday, warm enough for swimming and with pleasantly cool evenings.
In Belize the high season for tourists corresponds roughly with the dry season: December to May. The shoulder months – especially December – receive a fair amount of rain, but not enough to scare away the multitudes of travelers who want to spend their holidays in the tropics. Most hotels and resorts are more expensive during this period. 
The biggest influx of tourists comes between December 15 and January 15, and during the weeks around Easter.

Monday, October 26, 2015

November Weather on Ambergris Caye


Belize Weather for November
Belize's high, dry season runs from November to April (making the low season from May to October). Although temperatures can reach 95 degrees, Tradewinds will keep you feeling cooler.
 Belize is considered sub-tropical -- temperatures range from 50-95F degrees. November thru January are the coolest months, averaging about 75 degrees.
Belize's water temperature averages between 79 and 83 degrees.
November in Belize signals the start of some of the coldest temperatures of the year, although comparatively they are still very warm and rarely drop below the low-80s. Rainfall also increases off the coast along the barrier reef but decreases along the edge of the Maya Mountains. November is an excellent time to enjoy the mild temperatures of Belize while trying to escape the cold winter weather back home.
While this heralds in winter for the people of Belize visitors coming from northern climes find it quite warm and sunny.



Friday, September 25, 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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ReActivate Your Certification Online with White Sands Dive Shop.

ReActivate Your Certification Online with White Sands Dive Shop.
Haven’t been diving lately and want a quick scuba refresher? The ReActivate program is the perfect way to update your dive skills and knowledge from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water. Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics, ReActivate is personalized for you: You conveniently review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer, then go diving with a PADI Professional at White Sands. It’s quick and easy, and a good way to get ready for your diving vacation. The best part is, divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it.
Any PADI certified diver who wants a refresher or pre-travel update should ReActivate. White Sands Dive Shop appreciates seeing a recent ReActivate date on your certification card because it means you’re ready to dive in.
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