First of all, they've got the right boat for it, but when we showed up in the morning and saw there were 26 other people on board, I was like- oh no!
I felt the service was excellent, they've got this trip down to a science; almost too much so- I felt a little rushed getting into and out of the water, but during the dives they relaxed (except on the actual Blue Hole dive when I was really checking out a shark and the guy was like- hey, you, go swim around this column thing now)- but they kept a close eye on our depth and time, so I felt completely safe-
Like I said, 26 people and 21 divers- I thought I was in for another zoo experience like on Koh Tao, but no, they split us up into 3 groups of 7, dropped each group in a slightly different part of the reef at staggered intervals, and other than what happens with a 7:1 ratio, with the less experienced bumping and kicking the more experienced, I never saw the other two groups under water. Also, once the DM was confident in me and my wife's abilities, we were allowed to drift away from the group and do our own thing (within eyesight and depth line).
The food was indeed excellent for lunch; waaaay better than the ham and cheese with mayo on white bread I got on the day trips in Mexico. Delicious chicken with slaw and some tasty rice along with coconut pie and the ubiquitous Tang. I think they went through at least 7 bottles of Rum for the Rum punch on the way back.
The only reason I don't give them a full 5 dots is because I had to go through 3 regulators before entering the Blue Hole dive before we found one that didn't leak- and I've read some reviews chaffing at their equipment. I don't think it's a big deal that I didn't get the same BCD for all three dives; though sharing a reg with an unknown each time is kinda icky- but I guess the salt and sun kill off any germs??
I did a couple local reef dives with them last October as well, and was satisfied with them then too, though I wanted a local reef dive this trip as well, and they weren't going out that afternoon so I got hooked up with Chuck and Robbie instead. Now, after diving with 3 companies in San Pedro I'd say Chuck and Robbie for local reef diving and Amigos for the Blue Hole trip. $250 seems a little steep, but with all the sharks and their service, the trip was totally worth it.
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