HOW DO I GET TO AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE?
Getting to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is easy, but it does require at least one stop along the way. There is no international air service direct to San Pedro’s airstrip. Continental, American and TACA fly nonstop into the International Airport just north of Belize City from four U.S. gateways:
- Charlotte, North Carolina via US Airways
Houston, Texas – via Continental Airlines or TACA Airlines
Los Angeles / Long Beach, New Orleans, and San Francisco / Oakland – via TACA Airlines
Miami, Florida – via American Airlines or TACA Airlines
International travelers fly into the newly renovated and expanded Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City. From there, connections can be made to Ambergris Caye. Belize’s International Airport also has nonstop service from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Flores, Guatemala, and San Salvador, El Salvador.
From Belize City, you can either fly or take a boat to San Pedro. By air, it’s a 20-minute flight; the boat trip takes about 75 minutes.
Traveling by Air
The easiest method of traveling around Belize is by air. Two Belize airlines, Maya Island Air and Tropic Air, each have about one flight per hour every day to San Pedro, starting at around 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. In peak visitor season, sometimes additional flights are added to accommodate demand. Flights originate from both the International Airport in Ladyville about 9 miles north of Belize City, where your TACA, Continental or American flight arrives, and Municipal Airport, a small airstrip in Belize City. In many cases the same Maya Island and Tropic flight picks up passengers at both airports, making the short hop between the two in a few minutes.
Fly into the International Airport and walk over to the domestic terminal and catch your connecting puddle jumper to Ambergris Caye. Adult and child one-way fares on both Maya Island and Tropic are approximately US$47 from International and run approximately every hour.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO BELIZE?
Although the climate in Belize is tropical, you may want to bring a light jacket or sweater for nighttime, especially in the cooler months of November through March. Long-sleeved t-shirts, cotton shirts and blouses are helpful; it can get cool at the water’s edge in the evenings. If you plan on taking one of the exciting jungle adventure trips you should bring long cotton pants, long socks, sensible shoes or sneakers, and a light long sleeve cotton shirt for protection from mosquitoes and no-see-ums. Bring insect repellant. You are likely to have mosquitoes and no-see-ums at dusk and at night, especially in the rainy months of May through October. Bring light clothing for everything else. Shorts, t-shirts, swimwear and sandals will get you by most anywhere, and evening clothes are always casual. Bring a hat, sunglasses and good sunscreen.
Water temperatures generally range from 78 to 84 degrees F (25.6 to 28.9 Celsius), so all that is needed is a 1.5mm to 3mm wetsuit for snorkeling or diving. Some prefer a 5mm during the colder months of December through March. If you like night diving, you may want to carry something warm to put on after a dive. No dive gloves allowed! Divers bring your ‘C’ cards, and cards for Nitrox as well, if you have one. If you forget something, Island Divers Supply owned by our own Rudy Duran will have it!
Originally the site of several Mayan city States until their decline around 1000 A.D., the British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. Belize formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the U.K. and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981.
Encompassing 8867 sq. miles, Belize is slightly smaller than Massachusetts and experiences a rainy season from May-Nov. and a dry season February to March.
Belize has a very diverse population of around 302,000 people composed of around 50% mestizo, 25% Creole, 11% Mayan, 6% Garifuna and 8% others.
Although English is the official language of Belize and is spoken throughout the country, about 46% of the population also speaks Spanish, 33% Creole, about 10% Mayan dialects, and 4% Garifuna.
Belize consists of 6 districts and is governed by a parliamentary democracy. The capital of Belize is the inland city of Belmopan.
Located on the Carribean just south of Mexico, Belize is about 200 miles to the south of Cancun or Cozumel, Mexico. From Houston it’s just a 2 hour in flight and you’re in a tropical paradise.
Island Divers Belize is located on the beachfront of Sea Grape Drive south of the island of Ambergris Caye. Island Divers Belize has everything you need for your diving adventure in our fully stocked rental shop and dive supplies shop.
Island Divers Supplies
If you have your own equipment and something goes wrong Island Divers Supplies is a full service dive repair and supply shop located less than a block from our dock they carry a complete line of dive gear and repair parts for everything from mask straps to regulator repair.
Ambergris Caye (pronounced as “key”, meaning an island, derived from the Spanish language “cayo”), is the largest island in Belize located in the azure waters of the Caribbean. It is famous worldwide as a scuba diving destination. Ambergris Caye is about 25 miles long from north to south, and only one mile wide. The Belizean island is surrounded by a ring of stunning white sand beaches.
San Pedro Town
San Pedro Town is the largest settlement and only town on Ambergris. Belize is an English speaking country and a land filled with unforgettable sights and adventures.
Meet the Crew
At Island Divers Belize we can take you from being a non diver all the way through Dive Master certification while you are enjoying yourself in paradise.
Rudy and his expert dive staff at Island Divers Belize are the best. They know by heart the undersea world on the reef in Belize. If your desire is to have a wonderful experience with undersea life they know where each and every creature lives. The staff is professional, easygoing, shy at first but fun after a while diving and interacting with them.
Rudy Duran is our diving “Guru” with 20+ years experience instructing and leading divers to an endless array of dive sights and he does his best so that you leave with an unforgettable experience making you want to come again.
Martin Asevedo is our master boat captain and also our top fishing guide. His knowledge of the ocean makes him an excellent captain, safety is his main priority while behind the wheel of the boat. Nature turns to excitement when doing what he really loves best.
Adrian Duran is a young member of our team and is following in his father footsteps. he is currently a boat captain and also a dive master. he was born and raised in the island and he makes the underwater water world a part of him.
Besides incredible snorkeling and diving trips, Island Divers Belize can arrange cultural tours as well as numerous eco/adventure tours on the days you want to take a break from diving. Your experiences in Belize can include visits to the Belize Zoo, golfing, cave tubing in the jungle river through the rain forest, jungle zip line trips, visits to the Baboon Sanctuary to see Howler Monkeys, as well as visits to Mayan ruins at places like Altun Ha and Lamanai along the New River.
Our signature trip is an overnighter to Turneffe. Our group of friends leaves San Pedro Town in our 38′ dive boat and we head South for the Turneffe atoll. Upon arriving at the islands we spend the day diving various sites including the famous Elbow (one of the worlds top rated dive sites). The group sets up camp on a privately owned island in the atoll.
Island Divers Belize supplies food, drinks, and camping equipment. We prepare freshly caught fish and ceviche, the cooking is done on a campfire on the beach.
Volleyball, horseshoes, and ever evolving beach games often go on well into the night. Waking to a sunrise on a tiny island in the Caribbean is an experience that is hard to beat. The second day includes more incredible dives around the atoll or a trip to the world famous Blue Hole. This trip is a total of 5 dives and some really great snorkeling.
We return to San Pedro Town in time for happy hour at the Pier Lounge where we enjoy movies and photos from the trip. This trip is always very popular for both guests and staff and is a great way to experience the natural beauty that Belize has to offer.
Contact us on how we can help plan your diving adventures and fun in Belize.
San Pedro Town is often times jokingly referred to as “A QUAINT LITTLE DRINKING TOWN WITH A DIVING PROBLEM”
If you are looking to dance and party or walk safely along the beach at night, this place is heaven. San Pedro Town has numerous bars and night clubs mostly located right on the beach.
A famous hangout and party spot in San Pedro is Wahoo’s Lounge. Located on the beach at the Spindrift Hotel, Wahoo’s Lounge is a longtime favorite for locals and travelers alike. Wahoo’s offers fabulous drinks using the best fresh squeezed juices and mixers as well as delicious food ranging from fresh lionfish ceviche to tasty quesadilla’s and nachos.
World Famous Chicken Drop
Wahoo’s Lounge is host to the World Famous Chicken Drop. This game of chance involves gently tossing a chicken onto an 8′ by 8′ game board located on the beach in front of the bar. The Chicken struts around for a while and then leaves a little mess on the board. If the mess lands on your number you win the cash. The chicken drop has been happening at Wahoo’s Lounge for years and is a must see experience. The “Drop” features live entertainment and it takes place every Thursday Night. Be sure to arrive at Wahoo’s Lounge early as tickets for the Chicken Drop tend to sell out fast!
Contact us on how we can help plan your diving adventures and fun in Belize.
Daytime activities and trips from Ambergris Caye abound and are only limited by your imagination. Island Divers Belize can arrange cultural tours as well as numerous eco/adventure tours on the days you want to take a break from diving. Your experiences in Belize can include visits to the Belize Zoo, golfing, cave tubing in the jungle river through the rain forest, jungle zip line trips, visits to the Baboon Sanctuary to see Howler Monkeys, as well as visits to Mayan ruins at places like Altun Ha and Lamanai along the New River.
Fishing Adventures in Belize
Island Divers Belize offers incredible fishing trips, Tarpon, permit, snook and bonefish are plentiful on the West side of Ambergris Caye. We can have you angling for snapper, grouper and baracuda on the world’s second largest barrier reef within minutes of leaving our dock. Beyond the reef to the East of Ambergris Caye we can have you plying the deep blue waters of the Caribbean for sailfish, marlin, bonito and pompano. Our experienced guides will make your fishing trip one to remember.
Contact our staff before arriving or while on the island and we will schedule the trip of your choice to fulfill your experience in Belize.
Great Blue Hole Belize
Island Divers Belize can take you to the world famous Great Blue Hole just off the coast of Belize. The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 45 miles from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep. It was formed as a limestone cave system during the last ice age when sea levels were much lower. As the ocean began to rise again the caves flooded, and the roof collapsed.
On-shore caves of similar formation, as large collapsed sinkholes, are well known in Belize.
This site was made famous by Jacques-Yves Cousteau who declared it one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world. In 1971, he brought his ship, the Calypso, to the hole to chart its depths.Investigations by this expedition confirmed the hole’s origin as typical Karst limestone formations, formed before rises in sea level in at least four stages, leaving ledges at depths of 70, 160 and 300 feet. Stalactites were retrieved from submerged caves, confirming their previous formation above sea level. Some of these stalactites were also off-vertical by 10° – 13° in a consistent orientation, thus indicating that there had also been some past geological shift and tilting of the underlying plateau, followed by a long period in the current plane.
This is a popular spot amongst recreational scuba divers, who are lured by the opportunity to dive in crystal clear water and meet several species of fish, including giant groupers, nurse sharks and several types of reef sharks, such as the Caribbean Reef Shark or the Blacktip Shark. Other species of sharks, like the bull shark or hammerheads, have been reported there, but are not regular sightings. Usually, dive trips to the Great Blue Hole are full-day trips, which include one dive in the Blue Hole and two further dives in nearby reefs.
Rates & Schedule
Discover scuba, open water certification, Referrals for open water certification, advanced open water classes, nitrox certification, rescue diver and dive master certification are offered year round. If you are looking for instructor certifications please contact us for specific dates when we will be offering these classes.
Please contact us for pricing, our goal is to make you happy!
Divers with little or no experience always receive careful and patient mentoring from Rudy, Loidy, Adrian or Martin. The Staff at Island Divers Belize is focused on making your experience in Belize fun and safe.