We booked our SCUBA vacation via PADA travel service. At the small airport we were picked up by the very friendly driver who made the 45 minute ride to Hamanasi an informative tour giving us history and insights into the Belize, the people, and the small town of Hopkins. We were met by Lionel who gave us a refreshing drink and orientation. Our room was beautiful, comfortable, and we woke up to a beautiful view of the sea at 7:00 am. Off to SCUBA at 8:00 am with fantastic DiveMasters, Sea Dog, Brace, Sam I am, Ka Mally . . . All were knowledgeable, safe, and entertaining. Brace was my wife's favorite and Sea Dog mine. Although all rated at the top of any DiveMasters we have ever had. We met many other divers and by the end of the week the staff pushed tables together so our group became a banquet. Speaking of dinner and lunch and breakfast, the food here is fantastic. I am vegetarian and the entire staff made sure I was happy. They even had a special lunch for me on the longer dive trips. Jan, one of the directors was just great. We loved the Bartender, King. We saw him several times around the small town of Hopkins when he was off duty. The inland kayak trip was fun and many other guests gave high marks to the inland trips, such as ATM and Cave Tubing. We spent most of our days SCUBA diving. Diving the Blue Hole down to 130 ft was a highlight for us. The Staff really make this resort. Each of them new our name by the first day and everyone greeted us by name and exceeded all of our expectations and needs. I have long hair, so Stephanie arranged for me to get braids to keep it out of the SCUBA equipment. Our wake up call was a friendly knock on the door--no phones, and no TV. We did not miss either. The gift shop was nice. But we enjoyed going into Hopkins on a 6 seater golf cart. Others said biking into town was also fun. My wife drove the golf cart with us as back seat drivers! We loved the shop Sew Much Hemp. Get her bug lotion and you will avoid the sand flies. At night we went to town using the Hamanasi van. They came promptly at the agreed upon time. When we said we needed another hour to listen to drumming and dancing the returned promptly in 1 hour. This is truly an amazing resort for SCUBA divers and other adventure seekers. We met a couple who did not SCUBA and they had equally high reviews for their inland hikes, cave tubing, bird watching, etc. Driver, Golden took us back to the airport again giving us an inside picture of life in Hopkins and Belize. He even showed us his house. This is a one of a kind resort and we will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the best of Belize on and offshore! Hamanasi is a secluded, casually elegant eco-resort. Unwind in spacious tree houses, beach front rooms and suites with AC, private porches and gorgeous hardwood furnishings. On property has a full service restaurant, bar, pool, lush gardens and a Gold Palm 5 star PADI dive facility. Onshore, explore Mayan ruins, Jaguar Preserve, caves, jungle rivers and rain forest waterfalls. All inclusive packages, Honeymoon and romance packages available. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hamanasi Adventure And Dive Hotel Hopkins
- Hamanasi Adventure And Dive Resort Belize/Hopkins