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White Sands Dive Shop

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San Pedro, Belize
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About White Sands Dive Shop
We are a PADI 5 star Dive shop in San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye in Belize. We teach scuba diving and certify divers as well as take divers to the reef for daily Diving and Snorkeling adventures.
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Giuseppe wrote a review Oct 16
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My wife and I came to Belize on our honeymoon and were directed to White Sands Dive Shop by our resort (Matachica). Before we even got there, I had exchanged countless emails with Sandra and Julie who helped us schedule a total of 3 dives over 2 days. They kept in contact and helped me out with every questions I had. Since my wife and I just gotten our open water certification, we had a lot of questions! Our first full day on Ambergris Caye we were picked up by Albie. After picking up our equipment at the dive shop, we met our dive master Raul and headed out to Mexico Rock in the Hol Chan Reserve. What was supposed to be a 45 minute dive turned into a 60 minute expedition with multiple lion fish sightings, a couple rays, and countless beautiful fish. The next day, Raul, Albie, and Ivan took us on 2 dives - the first was blue reef canyon. This was an amazing dive as we descended to 75 feet and saw more beautiful fish than we could have imagined. We saw groupers, parrot fish, and so many other fish I do not know the name of. This dive was so incredible and would have been difficult to beat. We surfaced and went back to the dive shop to eat some pineapple and talked to Elbert, the owner of the dive shop. After 45 minutes we headed out to Mata Canyon (about a mile or so our from resort). This dive was amazing! I unfortunately put the wrong casing on our goPro and broke it so there's very little record of this dive. We descended and fed a 5 foot long nurse shark who followed us around for an hour. Raul took us on a swim through a cavern, even deeper into the canyon (the shark followed us the whole time, hoping for another snack). This was the highlight of our trip and I can say my wife and I are 100% hooked on scuba diving and looking for our next adventure. It will be hard to top Belize! White Sands was amazing! They followed all safety protocols and helped us have fun and experience nature like we never have before. I highly recommend this dive shop!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Ahe5travel wrote a review Oct 11
Buffalo, New York31 contributions20 helpful votes
I recommend White Sands Dive Shop 100%. I dove with them 1 day and my husband dove with them twice. Communication was great with Julie, she even called us off hours to give us updates and make arrangements for our dives. We had a dive to the blue hole planned with them and it was rescheduled due to not having enough people to dive. Even though we were disappointed that the rescheduled day would not work for us, it was not something that they could control and they worked with us to plan another dive. We were lucky to have both Raul and Sergio as our dive masters and Albie as our captain. They do a great job briefing your for the dive and helping you throughout. Another thing we liked was that they are on the north end of the island which was close to our resort so we were able to drive our golf cart over for our dives. They always offered to pick us up but we enjoyed the ride over in our golf cart. We really enjoyed working with White Sands and would dive with them again.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Carolyn G wrote a review Sep 2021
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We were in Belize for a family diving trip and White Sands was recommended by the owner of the house we rented. We had a wonderful experience with White Sands. Raul, the dive master we mainly worked with, was very experienced and professional and an excellent teacher. On the first days he conducted the open water certification dives that two of us had to complete and a refresher for the other adults who had not dove in several years. Raul met each of us where we were at in our skill level and made sure we were comfortable and received the attention and support we needed. For example, my MIL needed extra help and Raul stuck with her on dives, holding her hand the whole way. The entire staff - from the office (Julie and Sandra) and the boat captain (Albie) and other dive master (Henry) were friendly, super helpful and professional and fun to spend time with on dive trips. I highly recommend White Sands for your dive trips.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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BeachBri wrote a review May 2021
Chicago, IL67 contributions105 helpful votes
The best part of my visit to Belize was diving with White Sands Dive Shop. I dove with them 6 days and they did a great job. They made several special accommodations for me, which I really appreciated, and communication was great with Julie and Sandy. I was lucky to have Raul as my dive guide and Albie as my captain. They do a great job and are very safe. We saw lots of Sharks, many enormous loggerhead turtles, and spotted eagle rays, to name a few. If anyone has a specific question, feel free to message me. I really appreciate you all. Thank you.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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CEO wrote a review Mar 2021
Haleiwa, Hawaii538 contributions263 helpful votes
I sent an inquiry by email to this shop and received a prompt response from Julie. She answered all questions and gave a recommendation on scuba dive schedules including our daughter's PADI open water certification. All pricing was provided up front. Arrangements were made weeks before our arrival in Belize. We were picked up on time by boat Captain Alby and Divemaster Raul. Both were pleasant and professional. They made sure we had fun and also took care to make sure everyone was safe on the boat and underwater. We did a total of 5 dives in 3 days at 4 different sites. All equipment were well maintained. Office staff were pleasant and efficient. Sandy explained all charges for each dive. We paid for the dives on the day of the dive. Ed was our dive master on our last day. Dive masters Raul and Ed are knowledgeable. They gave us tips to improve our scuba diving skills and their safety briefings were clear. Julie also made arrangements for our Blue Hole trip. They packed all our (rented) gear for us in preparation for the trip. Many thanks again to Julie & Sandy, Raul & Ed and Cap. Alby for an awesome experience. Highly recommend this company.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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