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excursions to blue hole, book before getting to san pedro?

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excursions to blue hole, book before getting to san pedro?

We will be in San Pedro Feb 8 for a week. It is our first visit and we want to book a trip to blue hole and to shark alley and the marine park. I don't know when those attractions will be the most crowded with cruise ship passengers and such. Should I try to book before leaving home or is it ok to just wait til we get there and book through our hotel? thanks

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1. Re: excursions to blue hole, book before getting to san pedro?

Cruise ship passengers don't impact either the Blue Hole or Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley.

I've arranged trips to Hol Chan the day of or the day before many times.

Are you divers? Have you decided who you'll be diving with? Smaller operators don't go to the Blue Hole, and the outfits with the big boats don't go every day.

If you know who you want to go with, wouldn't hurt to email them to find out when they're going. Weather has an impact as well. Winds were really strong the past couple of days, much calmer today.

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2. Re: excursions to blue hole, book before getting to san pedro?

We are not divers just snorkelers. We do not know who the best tour companies are. If you can suggest one and let us know how to contact them that would be helpful.

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3. Re: excursions to blue hole, book before getting to san pedro?

There are lots of tour companies. Here's a few links:

http://www.seariousadventures.com/

http://seaducedbybelize.com/

http://ambergriscaye.com/alfonso/

http://www.belizedivingadventures.net/

I don't think any of the above companies go to the Blue Hole. You'll need to contact one of the larger dive companies.

http://amigosdive.com/

http://www.ecologicdivers.com/

http://www.aquascubabelize.com/

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4. Re: excursions to blue hole, book before getting to san pedro?

Amigos has the nice big boat for long trips like the Blue Hole.

Here is a bit from when photographer and Author Kate Joynes-Burgess was interviewed by Tom Lowe live on BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s breakfast show last Saturday. It was a great interview – Tom asked Kate about her travels around Belize and her new book Belize A Great Destination Explorer’s Guide published by The Countryman press.

Tom – Did you do scuba diving yourself?

Kate – I had a try at it- I am more of a snorkeler myself. One amazing experience I had in Belize was snorkeling the blue hole most famous dive site you can do as a snorkeler. You can snorkel around coral garden on the outer ring and you have amazing colored fish there. One of the things that has really captivated me about Belize is the color that you get there – especially on this January day I look back at my photos and think wow what an amazing exciting place

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5. Re: excursions to blue hole, book before getting to san pedro?

We were there in May 2011. There's always boats going to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley - we booked some the day of... no more than the day before. We went snorkeling at Blue Hole with Aqua Scuba, although we originally contacted Ecologic (a week before the trip) who called around to find a boat going. We finalized it when we got there. My understanding is that it depends on the number of people they arrange and also the weather.

That being said, I wouldn't recommend Aqua Scuba. Our boat broke a prop in the open ocean, and they didn't have a spare ... it turned out fine (ie, we got to snorkel at Blue Hole), but there was a good chance we wouldn't have which would have really upset me. Also, we ran into the snorkel guide in town a few days later, and he said that they broke down 2 more times that same week. When we were talking to a snorkel guide a SEAduced with whom we snorkeled all week (locally) at the end of the week over drinks, he said that it was "typical" for them. Could be just a bad week for them, but I'd be iffy to use them again.

For local snorkeling, SEAduced was great - we snorkeled with Sylvin all week, and he was great! Enjoy :)

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