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“Disappointed x 3!”

Discovery Expeditions San Pedro - Day Tours
Ranked #54 of 77 Tours in San Pedro
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Owner description: Discovery Expeditions San Pedro Tours, located on the island of Ambergris is the premier connection for great underwater adventures that an entire family can enjoy. Discovery Expeditions is the only authorized tour operator in Belize for Snuba® and Sea Trek®. Snorkeling tours, diving tours and day tours to mainland attractions are also offered. Discovery Expeditions San Pedro is located on the Exotic Beach Resort pier in San Pedro Town (0.8 miles South of the San Pedro Town Center).
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“Disappointed x 3!”
Reviewed June 2, 2012

We were scheduled and prepaid for the Actun Tunichil Muknal tour, an extreme adventure; a premier, world-class caving and archeology experience we were thrilled to take.
We were staying at a resort on Ambergris so we left the property at 6:00 am in a driving rain storm, took a boat to San Pedro, got a transfer to the airport for the flight to Belize city and the tour coordinator then told us "I have a little bit of bad news for you. The caves are closed due to the rain as the rivers would be too dangerous to cross". Surely somebody knew this before we got to the airport but we were never advised and were devastated we were going to miss it (1st disapointment). The coordinator offered a couple of other options and we chose the Lamanai Ruins/Jungle River Adventure as an alternate. We flew to Belize City where our guide met us at the airport. We rode in a van for an hour and 10 minutes to get to the boat dock at Lamanai for the 90 minute river ride to the ruins. The guide was really annoying (2nd disappointment); asked rhetorical questions and expected answers, continually tapped his watch and indicated it was time to go, sat our small group of 4 in a pavilion for a lecture of 30 minutes, that while parts were interesting could have been accommplished in about 10-15 minutes which would have given us more time to savor the parts of the tour that were enjoyable. He had bananas for the spyder monkeys "we might encounter" on the river and right on cue they appeared, jumped in the boat, grabbed the bananas and jumped off the boat. I believe they were wearing tiny little watches and knew exactly when we would arrive. We climbed a couple of pyramids which was fun but we scarsely got to see the rest of the ruins as the guide kept telling us it was time to go. The lunch provided was excellent but we had to scarf it down as we had to get back to Belize City airport (though flights operate to Ambergris about every hour). We didn't get to the museum or the gift shops as it was still "time to go". 2 days later there was a knock on our door at 5:45 am and the wee man asked if we were ready to go. Not a clue what he was talking about but evidently our original cave tour had been rescheduled but nobody told us and there was no way to prepare as the boat was leaving in 5 minutes (3rd disappointment). To be fair to Discovery I later learned the resort had been advised of the reschedule but they failed to let us know. I'm sure the guide is a decent fellow but needs to leave the ego elsewhere and treat the guests like grownups. What little we saw of the ruins were quite impressive but we didn't get enough history to understand their purposes and rituals. The watch-tapping was the worst. Who wants to be in a hurry on vacation while visiting someplace you are likely never going to see again?!

Visited May 2012
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“SCUBA n snorkel n SNUBA w Discovery Expeditions”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

My family stayed at Ambergris in Belize andweren't out on a dive trip w Discovery Expeditions. 2 adults had a great dive. 11 yr old "SNUBA'd" and loved it. We all snorkeled afterward and had a good time. "Ranger", Juan and rest of crew were professional and very friendly. Good, safe, fun trip out on the reef.

Visited April 2012
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“Snuba Dive Terrific”
Reviewed April 9, 2012

Great underwater experience at Hol Chan! Juan provided excellent guidance and support for everyone, no matter what their comfort level. He was also great fun to speak with before and after the tour. Great work Juan!.

Visited March 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“Great Snooba & Dive”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

Ivan, Juan and the guys did a great job leading our group of 20+ in a snooba adventure. We had many kids 17 to 10 years old and everyone received excellent instruction and got underwater to see the fish and coral reef. Great boat ride to the party barge thing at Mexico Rocks. Smaller groups of 2 to six donned the gear for their personalized underwater adventure. We had perfect weather and a nice breeze. Every one had a good time. This is a great alternative for beginner snorklers and those that want an introduction to scuba in a safe and limited excursion.

Visited March 2012
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“Mexico Rocks and Edwin, a Great Combination”
Reviewed March 15, 2012

Yes, we went to Hol Chan and Shark Alley and it was great. But, the morning we spent at Mexico Rocks with Edwin was fantastic. My husband and I had what ended up being a "private" tour. It was nice to have the reserve almost to ourselves, just a few other people there. The stingrays and fish outnumber the snorkelers there!
Edwin was exceptionally nice and showed us a great time. We highly recommend this trip as a great way to start off your day.

Visited March 2012
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