Weekend Getaway to Belize

San Pedro, Belize

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Dec 8 - 12, 2018
Group size: 9 - 25
Weekend Getaway to Belize
San Pedro, Belize

Blue Planet Scuba
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38 reviews

$840
Deposit: $400
Dec 8 - 12, 2018
Group size: 9 - 25

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for a long weekend getaway on Ambergris Caye in Belize. After diving the beautiful reefs of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, relax with your toes in the sand in one of San Pedro's seafood restaurants or beach bars. If you want a quick seaside vacation just a bit off the beaten path but not too far, with great diving, excellent snorkeling, warm water and gorgeous white sand beaches, this is the trip for you! 


AMBERGRIS CAYE

A 20 minute plane ride or 1.5-hour ferry south of the Belize International airport, San Pedro is the perfect beach getaway. The once small fishing village has managed to maintain its local culture and charm despite its growing popularity. The town is a picture postcard setting beside the clear turquoise sea. Coconut palms sway and rustle in the gentle cooling trade winds. Low rise hotels, guest houses and boutique style resorts & condos, from modest to magnificent, are nestled along the coast and throughout the town. Golf carts and bicycles are the principal mode of transportation, although we can walk pretty much any where you'd like to go.


THE DIVING

One of San Pedro's most prized attractions is the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world and is home to a diverse array of marine life. Diving is suitable for beginners and experienced divers. Visibility averages 80 feet and the water temperature rarely dips below 77º F. Air temperatures remain relatively constant around the 80º F mark.


The Belize Barrier Reef is home to thousands of species of animals including 65 species of corals, 500 species of fish, whale sharks, dolphins, crabs, seahorses, starfish, manatees, American crocodiles plus many bird and turtle species. Night dives are particularly spectacular; as well as the odd octopus, honeycomb moray eels are very common, as are lobsters, shrimp and crabs. Plus look forward to countless types of hard and soft corals, nudibranchs and mollusks.


We’ll be diving with our friends at Ambergris Divers, the onsite PADI dive center focused on diver safety, personalized service and fun! Our plan is to do 2 days of 2-tank boat dives plus a night dive. And for the more adventurous, we can add an all day, 3-tank dive to the famous Blue Hole and outer reefs!


SUNBREEZE HOTEL

The SunBreeze Hotel is located right on the beach in San Pedro. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks in the spacious hotel courtyard overlooking the ocean. It’s also centrally located and walking distance to restaurants and the center of town. All rooms have wireless internet, air conditioning, private bathrooms, etc.


TRAVEL

Plan to arrive in San Pedro on Saturday, December 8. We’ll return to Belize City/US on Wednesday, December 12. Or if you’d like to stay longer, let us know and we can provide recommendations!


Please check in with Blue Planet staff before booking flights. Or if you need assistance with flights, just let us know!

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 4 nights accommodations
    Single or shared rooms available
  • 5 dives
    2 days of 2-tank boat dives + 1 night dive
  • Domestic flights
    Air transportation between Belize International airport and San Pedro
  • International flights
    International flights to Belize
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew
  • Meals
    There are a ton of great options at and near the hotel
  • Blue Hole trip
    OPTIONAL 3-tank dives at Blue Hole and outer reefs ($315)

Available Packages

Standard Room, Double Occupancy
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Double occupancy in a Standard room with two double beds, bathroom, television, mini fridge.

 

Standard rooms are located on either the ground or first floor with Courtyard Tropical Garden and pool views. Each room has two double beds, a mini refrigerator, hair dryer, safety deposit box, cable TV, spacious bathroom and more.

$840
Deposit: $400
Standard, Double Occupancy - Non-diver
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Double occupancy in a Standard room with two double beds, bathroom, television, mini fridge.

$615
Deposit: $400
Standard Room, Single Occupancy
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$1170
Deposit: $400
Deluxe Room, Double Occupancy
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Double occupancy in a Deluxe room with two double beds, bathroom, television, mini fridge.


Deluxe rooms are located on either the ground or first floor with partial ocean and garden views and a more modern and classic decore. Each room has two double beds, a mini refrigerator, hair dryer, safety deposit box, large cable TV, spacious bathroom and more.

$900
Deposit: $400
Deluxe Room, Single Occupancy
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One bed with full bath, air conditioning, and television. 

$1285
Deposit: $400

Available options

3-dive Blue Hole trip
$315
$840
Deposit: $400

Standard Room, Double Occupancy
Past Trip

Itinerary

Saturday
Arrival in Belize

Arrival on Ambergis Caye. Check into hotel and dive shop. Dinner with the group.

Who’s interested

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Blue Planet Scuba
38 reviews
Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

We had a great time! Well organized, fabulous people, amazing food and accommodation that exceeded all expectations!
I couldn’t believe that gorgeous island was for real! The diving was wonderful, the water so warm I didn’t need a wetsuit all week, and trip mates and organizers made it as special as it was both above and below water. I was astonished by how good the food was every single meal. The staff from hotel to dive shop could not have provided better service. The scenery: breathtaking!
The trip was fantastic! A great group of divers, an amazing leader, Andrea, from Blue Planet, the fold at CRF were wonderful - we learned a lot and had four beautiful and productive dives.
Trip was great, and coral restoration education and experience was fantastic. Andrea is the best leader and organizer. Unfortunately, weather prevented us from diving 2 out of 3 days, and our room was small for 2 single people, had little annoyances like nowhere to plug in cell phones near the bed and only processed carbs for breakfast, and had lots of little things not working that made the accommodations less than satisfactory.
MD
The diving was great! Sharks, wrecks, and schools and schools of fish! We also saw eels and octopuses! Josh and Heather were very approachable and easy going organizers who made space for everyone to opt-in to the group dinners but definitely gave no pressure. They addressed any problems immediately and with grace, and generally added to the experience. While the staff were all very kind and friendly, the NC dive shop (Olympus) offers very little in terms of included amenities and services. You do everything yourself: analyze and record your own EAN, put your tanks on the boat, set up your equipment, and the dives are self-guided. Lunch and refreshments are not provided on board (but there is plenty of space to put your own in the coolers and minifridge, plus a toaster oven and microwave). This was all fine and communicated ahead of time, but is quite different from my experiences elsewhere, so worth noting, especially since the prices were higher than I am used to. Most sites were about 2 hours offshore, so I assume much of the cost can be attributed to fuel. Two of the three days, we did both dives on the same site. The first day, the other Olympus Dive Shop boat was anchored on the stern of the huge wreck and our boat was anchored on the bow. It seems to me that we could have at least switched locations of the two boats during our hour plus surface interval to get a somewhat different dive in for the second tank, but instead we did the exact same dive twice (which albeit was a great dive). Only two people from our group stayed in the dive lodge, which I highly recommend for those with a tolerance for hostel living. It was very well located, an easy walk to most of the restaurants and (crucially) to the dive shop. Lots of space in the fridge and a chill living room area, plus the bathrooms were clean. I could see it getting a little crowded if at capacity, but we only had 6-9 people staying there any given night. Definitely a good budget option! Plus you get to meet some other divers, hear their stories, and get their advice on the sites. All in all, a great trip! I would definitely recommend it to experienced divers who like sharks, wrecks, and fish galore!
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