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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Monday, June 2, 2014

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 two trips daily snorkeling trips to Mexico Rocks for 45.usd. Departs at 9: am returns 12:pm.
The afternoon trip departs 2: pm returns 5:pm. currently there is no park fee.

Email  elbertgreer@fastmail.fm

Sunday, June 1, 2014

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 :-)

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.

Monday, February 17, 2014

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 

Monday, October 21, 2013

New Schedule for snorkeling and Diving at White Sands Dive Shop.


New Schedule for snorkeling and Diving at White Sands Dive Shop.
"The customer is always right" is a motto that was popularized by Marshall Field.
We’ve been fighting an uphill battle to keep a schedule of 9: am departures at the dive shop for years, pushing request for late morning and afternoon dives to fit our schedule of 9: am departures.
Mr Field also said, ‘Give a Lady what she wants”, so here it is:
Our Daily Hol Chan Schedule and Mexico Rocks will be 9: am returns at 12:30, and the 2: pm returning at 5: pm.
Our Daily Two-Tank Dive Trip will depart at 9:am returning at 12:30 and the 1:pm departure returns at 4:30pm.
Single Tank dives can be scheduled for 9:am and 1:pm. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Belize Weather for September

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.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

November Weather on Ambergris Caye in Belize

November Weather on Ambergris Caye in Belize
San Pedro’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.
The overall climate of Belize can be described as sub-tropical. The humidity while high, is seldom oppressive for long and many days the humidity is masked by the cooling sea breezes. The Belize coastal area is exposed to  tradewinds averaging 10-13 knots.

Temperatures in Belize range from 50°F to 95°F with an annual mean of 79°F. November to January are traditionally the coolest months with a 75°F average

Friday, September 20, 2013

Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley

1/2 Day SNORKELING OUTING

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.
Cost $45.usd
Park fee $10.usd (paid in cash at the park)
If you need Mask, Snorkel and Fins they are available at the dive shop for $10. a set.
The trip departs White Sands Dive Shop at 9:am daily and returns 12:30pm

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Belize Weather for October

Belize Weather for October
 Weather in Belize

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). Coastal 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.

Northerly breezes bring heavier rainfall, and October temperatures in Belize cool down to a monthly average of 79°F (26°C). Daytime highs of around 84°F (29°C) and lows of 75°F (24°C) are common, as are occasional “Northers”, two or three day storms often centred around the Maya Mountains.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Weather on Ambergris Caye, Belize

August Weather on Ambergris Caye, Belize
During August temperatures in Belize begin to change as drier winds from the west replace the easterly sea breezes. August marks the “Little Dry”, as it is known, with a decrease in rainfall and rise in temperatures, which range from 86°F (30°C) highs to average lows of 78°F (26°C). Overall average temperature for August is still a pleasant 82°F (28°C).
The weather in Belize is subtropical and generally similar to that of southern Florida. The average daytime temperature on the coast and cayes is around 80°F (27°C), although it can get considerably warmer during the day during the summer months.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

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 $65.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

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

White Sands Dive Shop stocks prescription masks for its divers and snorkelers. Hea, the point is to go see things, right?

White Sands Dive Shop stocks prescription masks for its divers and snorkelers. Hea, the point is to go see things, right?

Friday, July 12, 2013

July Weather on Ambergris Caye in Belize

Belize Weather for July

To assist in planning your visit here is a brief weather statement. As with anything involving the weather it will not be 100% accurate for any given year, but it does provide a snapshot of Belizean weather. 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.
July temperatures in Belize range from an average high of 86°F (30°C) to lows of 79°F (26°C) with an overall monthly average of 82°F (28°C). The weather is much the same as June with increasing rainfall, especially in the mornings, and the easterly breezes providing relief from the heat. Thunderstorms may begin appearing at night.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June Weather in Belize

Oh my God it's the rainy season!
Belize has a rainy season and the term seems misunderstood by
 tourist planning vacation time. 
The rains are spotty and usually don't alter the path of business or recreation. 
Monsoons of the world consist of the West-African and Asia-Australian monsoons and that ain't us. The overall climate of Belize can be described as sub-tropical. The humidity while high, is seldom oppressive for long and is most noticeable along the coast. The mean annual humidity is 83%, but many days the humidity is masked by the cooling sea breezes. The Belize coastal area is exposed to southeast tradewindsBelize weather is characterized by two seasons: a Rainy and a Dry season. June is the beginning of the Rainy season.Temperatures in Belize range from 50°F to 95°F with an annual mean of 79°F.