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Amigos Del Mar Dive Shop
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Owner description: Established in 1987, Amigos Del Mar is a SSI and SDI resort facility which specializes in full-service diving, instruction, snorkeling, and fishing expeditions and is ideally situated in the heart of San Pedro Town. Our boats provide a convenient complimentary pick-up service at most of the island's major hotel docking establishments. We provide local diving expeditions on a daily basis starting with two dives at 9 am and two afternoon dives commencing at 1 pm. Night dives are also available upon request. In addition to the local diving excursions, trips to Belize's renowned offshore atolls including Turneffe, "The Elbow", Turneffe North, and The Great Blue Hole situated at Lighthouse Reef are also available. All offshore packages are full day excursions which consist of three dives and include continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks.
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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3 reviews
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“Steer clear”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Unfortunately, our experience with this dive shop could discourage us from ever diving again! We arranged with our US dive shop for our open water certification from Amigos. My brother-in law had also used them in the past. First day the instructor was good however took us from 12 feet on first dive to 60feet on second! Next day for our 2 final dives, never showed after an 1hour then finally told us that the instructor was unavailable. Refused to return our stored equipment or paperwork. $45 cab ride later we obtained our equipment and told us we could finish our certification 2 days later. That morning we were supposed to be picked up at 8am, called them at 7am and no instructor till the afternoon. We were pawned off at 2pm to the owners brother who had left the business. He was excellent. By the book certification 2 wonderful dives at 60 feet and saw so much. Oh, did I forget when I gave them a credit card to reserve the open water certification from the states my cc was fraudulent used 6 times and had to quickly get a new number?? Daisy is the only bright light in the office. USE SOMEONE ELSE!!! This experience changed our whole vacation! Limited other dive opportunities as well as other activities. Hurry up and wait, I am use to it but, not total disregard!!

Visited December 2013
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San Francisco, California, United States
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“Great Dive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Talking around in San Pedro, Amigos Del Mar was mentioned as the best option to dive the Blue Hole, and they did not disappoint. The adventure is 2.5 hours in a choppy waters, and their boat was bigger and appeared newer than the other companies at the blue hole. The captain was very professional and organized. The crew were very organized and did everything for us, including setting up the equipment before each dive, even defogging the masks! We dove the blue hole first, then 2 other reef dives, with lunch in between. Amigos is a well-oiled machine!

Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Michael W
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San Francisco
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14 reviews
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“Really great experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

If you are looking for a dive shop on Ambergris, you'll be very happy with Amigos del Mar. While it's not a super "warm & fuzzy" group, the staff is extremely competent and professional, and they make every effort to ensure your dive is safe, enjoyable and easy. Not only do they put all of your equipment on the boat (and remember what equipment is yours), they set it up, bring it to you before you roll/stride off the boat, and even help you put it on. In fact, they even wash your mask for you (which I've never seen before).

Not a huge downside, but I sometimes found the groups to be a bit big for one divemaster (though Tony - the divemaster who handles the local dives - does a fantastic job of keeping track of everyone) and on night dives you'll be in a much smaller group. (and speaking of night dives, be sure to do it when it Ambergris - one of my favorite dives ever)

Enjoy your trip!

Visited December 2013
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Thank SaraJill
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Vancouver, Washington
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10 reviews
“"Jorge" wonderful at Amigos Del Mar in San Pedro, Belize”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

I have been visiting Belize for over a month and the highlight of our full day trip was with Amigos Del Mars. My friends used other companies with some I mixed results, but this fine man made sure my grandsons had a safe and great experience as well as their parents. My grandson, age 13 caught six butter snappers just by himself! Our guide took us far south around the horn to catch various types of fish where we saw manatees, tarpons, and a school of dolfins.

He shielded us in a Mangrove swamp during a squall, then when the sun came out to a floating Fisherman' lair with lobster traps, diving for six conch. He cleaned the conch and let us taste it raw and it was like clams on the half-shell with a crunch! Delicious! He then barbecued the fish we had caught and the conch on the beach with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, green pepper, and spices. Then we went snorkeling near the reef and marine park. Jorge knows the marine life and told us the names of everything! We saw zebra stingrays and even a shark, but Jorge kept us all safe!

The only thing we missed was that the owner or manager told us cold water and beer would be furnished and the adults were disappointed that there was no beer on board. So do not believe what the sales people tell you or bring your own!

Visited January 2014
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Long Beach, New York
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“Great Dive Shop - Good Choice to Dive with Amigos Del Mar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

We did 7 dives with Amigos Del Mar while in San Pedro and had a wonderful experience. The captain and dive masters take time and care to ensure you and your equipment are safe. The dive masters are very conscientious that all divers are ok under water and will go around to adjust equipment if need be and ensure all are ok. They are very good at spotting an array of sea life and knowledgeable the areas. We originally dove with them to see the blue hole and continued to dive with them for the remainder of our stay. Tony is the best!

Visited December 2013
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Thank Stephanie P
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