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“Sadly Avadon has had to close its doors”
Review of Avadon Divers - CLOSED

Avadon Divers
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Owner description: Scuba diving, dive training, snorkeling, Mayan ruins and rainforest adventure tours. Dive training for kids age 8 and older. Snorkeling for younger children.
Chelmsford, UK
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Sadly Avadon has had to close its doors”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is to advise that we had booked dives with Avadon for June 2014 but received information early in 2014 that sadly Avadon had decided to close, due to the downturn in bookings in the area. I was given a full refund of my deposit and Avadon behaved impeccably in dealing with this.

It is a real pity as we dived with Avadon 2 years ago and can honestly say that it was one of the best operators we had the chance to dive with in 25 years of diving.

The website is still up but the business is currently out of operation. You should look for an alternative provider.

I hope this will be helpful to others.

Visited January 2014
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Bay Area
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Don't plan on using them”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

Got an email back saying they are not doing snorkel/dive trips at this time. They've rented their boat out as private charter. Really frustrating because they're website still shows them as taking reservations and they even list 2014 whale shark dates. Who knows what this says about their future business operations. Don't waste your time.

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank dutcharbordaniel
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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Great Experience”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is a late review. We took our snorkeling trip in August of 2013 and we had just 1 other snorkeler with us and a group of divers. It was a total of 3 drops that were each fantastic. I ended up seeing a variety of fish and even saw a turtle. I did rent the camera for $35 which did take some good photos and video so i thought it was worth it. What can i say about the crew other than they were awesome!!! My wife had a freakout moment thinking she saw a shark when it was just a little black fish in the distance Yanik was there immediately to help my wife who sat out the rest of the trip. They took us to this spot for lunch that was maybe about 7-8 feet deep with crystal clear warm waters where you can enjoy a nice swim this was awesome!! At the end of the trip they have a "pet" fish which they will feed the lion fish from the trip too. 5 stars all around great communication great crew great experience!! Will probably try scuba next time we visit Belize.

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Toolman87
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Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic People and Experience”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

My 14 year old daughter and I got our open water portion of our certification done with Avadon. James was our instructor. He is excellent. We felt completely comfortable with him. He is patient and has the ability to just make you relax and enjoy yourselves throughout the whole process. The rest of the crew is also excellent. They made us feel comfortable from start to finish. They were genuine in their efforts to make the experience the best it could be. The entire crew gets along like a family which makes the experience that much better. The boat is fantastic and you feel incredibly safe. We dove in high waves and swells the first day and not once did we feel that we were in danger. The food they serve is excellent. It is all home made. We will be going back and will be going back to Avadon. I could tell you all about what we saw but that would take way to many characters. Dive Belize!

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Stephen C
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Shawnee, Kansas, United States
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Really glad we chose Avadon. Silk Caye snorkeling was wonderful!”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Avadon came recommended by Lucky from Captain Jak's. We had been considering using another company that was a little cheaper, but comparing the quality of the gear and the fact that Avadon had a bigger, covered boat with more horsepower, we decided to choose Avadon. The crew was friendly and knowledgeable. We had a tasty lunch on board. There was even a really nice couple of National Geographic photographers on board. We definitely made the right choice.

We went to Silk Caye & while it was not the best day for viewing (very cloudy), the reef was still beautiful. The water around Silk Caye is pretty shallow, great for snorkeling. Our guides were good at spotting various fish and pointing them out to us. They wouldn't rest until each of us had seen a lobster. They knew exactly where to go to find loggerhead sea turtles and got us up close and personal with a few of them.

The only disappointment was the $40 rented camera. Basically none of the photos turned out.

Other than that, it was well worth paying slightly more.

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Christina H
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