Ramon's Village Divers
Belize attracts divers from around the world because of its spectacular dive sites and the Ramon's Village Divers dock is the perfect launching point for any underwater excursion. From exploring Jacques Cousteau's world-famous Blue Hole to the enjoyment of the undersea wonders of Turneffe and Lighthouse Reef, to the incredible beauty of Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the unforgettable heart-pounding adventure of "swimming with the sharks" at Shark Ray Alley, you'll never see anything like this again. We truly do have an extraordinary collection of God's spectacular trophies in His underwater showcase of wonderful things.
Whether you're a beginner or an advanced diver, our Ramon's Village Divers team members take pride in helping you select the dive adventure that is perfectly suited for you.
Ramon's Village Divers offers enriched air NITROX, the latest tool in our efforts to assist divers in staying underwater longer especially in the 60 to 100-foot range. Enriched air Nitrox gives you more of what you got into diving for-time underwater. Enriched air does this by replacing some of the nitrogen in the air with oxygen. This means you absorb less nitrogen during a dive, which gives you longer no decompression limits. The air we normally breathe, in the air we fill, has 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. With Nitrox we can blend, mix or add more oxygen to the air mix. The most popular mixes are 32 and 36 percent.
NOTE: All prices are listed in US Dollars and are per person. Prices do not include dive equipment, park fees or taxes. Meals at Pineapples restaurant are not included in the price of any Dive or Snorkel Adventure.
If you've never explored the undersea world outside our reef, this is the trip for you. An early departure from the Ramon's Village dock for Robles Point begins your day of adventure. Within minutes, you'll arrive at Mexico Rocks. Our professional guides will maneuver your boat through the opening in our reef and take you to a dive site worthy of anticipation. You'll follow your guide through three enormous caverns that are actually openings in coral buttresses that stabilize the reef. Canyons separate these buttresses, so daylight is always present in each cavern. If you want something to write home about, then this dive will consume a dozen postcards.
After your dive, you'll continue your trip inside the reef to Robles Point where a delicious seafood "catch of the day" picnic will be prepared while you walk the beach or relax in the shallow surf. Coleslaw, baked potatoes, chips, soft drinks and your "catch of the day" will satisfy the heartiest appetite.
When you've had your fill of our Caribbean cuisine, and your tummy is pooching out a little, there's still one more thing we have for you to do, and that's a brief snorkel stop at Mexico Rocks or Mata Rocks. I know us "real" divers like to go deep, but take a minute, shed the attitude and check out this snorkel stop. Huge brain coral, the likes of which you may have never seen before, is everywhere at Mexico Rocks, making it one of our most incredible dive sites. The water is crystal clear and hardy any current is ever present to restrict your snorkel experience. You'll probably be worn out when you arrive back at the Ramon's Village Resort dock, so take your time to rest a bit, then freshen up or come as you are, to the finest restaurant on Ambergris Caye. Our Pineapples on the beach is open until 9 p.m. and our wait staff will be standing by to serve you on the beach or, if you're tuckered out, in your room.
This is the granddaddy of them all. When Jacques Cousteau and his team of divers discovered the Blue Hole back in 1971, they invited Ramon Nunez, before he became our legendary host at Ramon's Village Resort, to be their guide on this historical expedition. If you see Ramon, ask him to tell you about the amazing adventure he had with the one-and-only Jacques Cousteau. Even if you do talk with Ramon, you must still see the Blue Hole for yourself. Your adventure with Ramon's Village Divers begins on our dock with a continental breakfast. When your tummy says you've had enough to eat, you'll board the Miss Gina, our 42-foot dive boat. Gina is the wife of the owner of Ramon's Village Resort, so you know her boat will be pretty nice. The 2½-hour ride to Lighthouse Reef, which is home to the Blue Hole, passes some interesting sights, but it's also a good time to enjoy some quiet time or make new friends in your party.
Arriving at the Blue Hole around 9 a.m., you'll spend the first few minutes in awe of this incredible dive site. We've been told it's the best known, most easily recognized and most photographed dive site in the world, and you can experience it.
Your first dive is to 130-feet inside the Blue Hole itself. Your second dive is a 60-foot wall dive, near Half Moon Caye. After lunch, and a pleasant rest, you'll be able to visit the only wildlife sanctuary for the Red Footed Booby Bird located on Half Moon Caye.
Your third dive will take place at The Aquarium near Long Caye. The dive is a 45-minute dive to a depth of 60-feet. Its name speaks for itself, lots of marine life and beautiful deep fan gorgonians. There is a park fee that is not included in your Blue Hole trip. The fee is $30.00 USD for the Blue Hole and $10.00 USD for the Wall at Half Moon Caye.
When you arrive back at Ramon's Village, don't forget to book your next diving adventure with the qualified dive team at Ramon's Village Divers, then get ready for supper at Pineapples on the beach. Our daily specials can't compare to the incredible journey to the Blue Hole, but we'll sure try to please you no matter what you have a hankering for. Our prices will fit an array of budgets.
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Ever been to Grandma's house? Remember how comfortable you felt when you were there? How warm it was in the winter and how breezy and fresh it was in the summer? That same lazy, laid-back charm is what you'll find at Coral Gardens. Beautiful fan coral dances lazily as it beckons you to enjoy its beauty.
No one will ever forget their first look at the "dancing fans" of Coral Gardens, and the teeming, exotic tropical fish that live among them. Those memories will never fade. The memories you'll make as you explore the majestic Caribbean of Belize will forever be highlighted by the beauty you experience in this snorkel/scuba paradise suitable for any age and level of expertise.
When you get back to Ramon's Village Resort, you may be ready for some fresh baked pie or cake, maybe even a BLT like grandma used to make; or if you're really hungry, try our lobster or sizzlin' filet. No matter what you're hungry for, Chef Rommy will fix you something to suit your taste. Pineapples on the beach is open until 9 p.m., sometimes later.
Hol Chan is our most popular Dive/Snorkel Adventure. As a matter of fact, it is the second most popular dive/snorkel site in Belize. Thousands of large and small fish inhabit this magnificent underwater national park. The reef system that borders Belize was recognized as a World Heritage Site, by UNESCO, several years ago. Hol Chan or “Little Channel,” which cuts all the way through the reef, lives up to its reputation among some of the world’s best dive sites. Hol Chan is safe for beginners, and breathtaking for advanced divers. Don’t miss Hol Chan!
Breathtaking coral of all descriptions abound in and around Hol Chan and serve as a habitat for literally millions of species of fish. Incredible stories are told frequently of the magnificence of this Marine Reserve and how well it is guarded and preserved. It’s a marine wonderland that every snorkeler and diver (beginner and experienced), must see.
If you want the ultimate Hol Chan experience, opt for an exciting half–hour “swim with the sharks.” That’s right, you can swim with the sharks and the stingrays in Shark Ray Alley. Dozens of nurse sharks will circle your boat, as if they were the Caribbean’s welcoming committee. When you enter the water, you can observe the activities of these friendly sharks and rays up close and personal, if…you’re adventurous, and not faint of heart. But, it’s against the law to touch or hold any marine life while snorkeling or scuba diving. We promise you’ll talk about your shark adventure for years to come. Sorry, no scuba allowed at this site, only snorkeling.
After your Hol Chan experience, relax a little, get freshened up and have a delightful dinner at Pineapples on the Beach. If you’re too tired for dinner tonight, order room service and see why Pineapples on the beach is the island’s most service–oriented restaurant. Don’t forget to book your Diving Adventures for the rest of the week with Ramon’s Village Divers. (Perhaps you should go ahead and book your Diving Adventures now–before you go–and receive a 5% pre–booking discount!)
The wonder of God’s underwater creation is displayed at its zenith during the night in this incredible display of marine life. As the sun begins to set, the large fish begin to enter Hol Chan through a 28’ deep cut in the reef. They know that the shallows and coral outcroppings, which exist inside the cut, provide their meal for the evening. Thousands, if not millions, of small fish scurry busily here, there and everywhere as darkness overtakes them. Snuggling close to the giant coral formations these small fish hover, precariously still, as they avoid the larger fish, which are searching for their dinner. Green moray and spotted eels are sometimes seen, as are sleeping sharks and octopus. In case you don’t know it, there are very few places on earth where you can see a sleeping shark. Hol Chan at night is one of them.
As your underwater light illuminates our crystal clear waters, you’ll be blown away by what your eyes behold. Everything comes alive at night, even the coral takes on new dimensions and color as your light illumines every inch of this underwater paradise.
Before you end your dive, be sure to venture into the cut itself and observe hundreds of rays. They cover the sand, as if they were blankets. It’s an amazing site to behold and to photograph.
You’ll be back in time for some fresh fruit frozen drinks and some great desserts, and if it’s not too late, maybe even dinner at Pineapples on the beach.
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Rendezvous at Ramon’s Village Divers a few minutes before departure and give yourself enough time to gather your equipment. If you have your own gear–we’ll be glad to assist you with it, if you would like to rent our equipment’no problem, or if you would like to purchase some gear from our Ramon’s Village Divers store–we’ll be happy to get you suited up.
Then hop on board one of our comfortable and uncrowded dive boats and enjoy the scenery as you head north toward this wonderful dive and snorkel site–Mexico Rocks. Shallow enough for the beginner diver, yet interesting enough to give the intermediate and professional a thrill, Mexico Rocks is just the ticket.
Huge brain coral, the likes of which you may have never seen before, are everywhere at Mexico Rocks. This is one of our most requested dives. The water is crystal clear and hardly any current is ever present to restrict your dive experience. Large outcroppings of coral, some protruding above the surface, are home for millions of small fish, lobster, conch and an occasional sea turtle.
After a light snack and a cold beverage, your Ramon’s Village Divers skipper will take you to Tres Cocos, and if you’re up to it, your guide will let you snorkel parallel with the reef as you drift southward toward Ramon’s Village Resort. Your guide will accompany you in the water while your skipper follows you at a safe distance. Hop back in the boat anytime you’re ready, and be chauffeured back to Ramon’s Village. Exhilarating? Yes! Fulfilling? Yes! Tiring? Yes!
I hate to say it, but if you’re too tired for dinner at Pineapples on the beach, just give us your room number and we’ll bring the meal of your choice directly to your room. Just dial 401 and a friendly member of our wait staff will help you with your order.
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This dive site is only about 10 minutes from Ramon’s Village Divers, located on the Ramon’s Village Resort dock. It’s one of our divers’ favorite sites, not only because it’s our namesake, but because of its deep and extremely wide canyons and sandy bottoms.
At Ramon’s Canyons one can expect to see grouper, turtles and eagle rays. This site starts off at about 40–feet and culminates at a maximum depth of 90–feet. Dive time is about 40 minutes.
Upon your return, head straight to our on–site eatery known as Pineapples for a delectable island dish, on the beach!
The wall diving at Turneffe Atoll was recently rated #1 as a world–class dive destination. Turneffe is an all day trip that leaves the dock of Ramon’s Village Divers at 6 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m. The boat ride takes 2% hours to get to the southernmost end of Turneffe Atoll where you’ll enjoy three dives. To get to Turneffe, you’ll go inside the reef behind the islands of Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, Lone Caye and St. Georges’ Caye, before heading outside the reef. The open water crossing takes about 30 minutes before getting to the calm water on the leeward side of Turneffe Atoll. From there on, it is another 25 minutes or so to the first dive site called The Elbow.
Upon arrival, our Ramon’s Village Divers dive masters will give a dive briefing, and then everyone will “giant stride” into the water. A maximum depth of 90–feet is planned, but shallower depths can be maintained per individual divers’ preferences. This is a multilevel dive that allows for about 40 minutes of bottom time. This dive normally has visibility of about 90–feet, currents are constant. You drift along huge corral mounds consisting of hard corals and some of the largest barrel sponges you’ve ever seen. Common as well, for deep water, are gorgonians and large schools of snapper, grouper, and horse–eyed jacks. At this site, the stronger the currents, the greater the abundance of marine life. The endless supply of micro–organisms drifting in the currents feed the small fish, which feed the larger fish and sharks. After a 3–minute safety stop at 15–feet, everyone boards the boat for a surface interval of no less than 45 minutes.
The second and third dives can be selected from a variety of dive sites around the area, depending on the dive crew of the day and weather conditions. Some of these dives are Billy Bob’s Wall, Sayonara and the Front Porch amongst others. There are also wall dives ranging from 40–feet to 70–feet with an abundance of coral and fish. These dives will also last about 40 minutes before another safety stop for 3 minutes at 15–feet.
Between the second and third dives, the crew serves lunch on board. You can’t go on shore while on this trip because of the rocky shallow shores around these Mangrove Islands. After the third dive you’ll begin heading back to Ramon’s Village Resort.
Snacks and juice will be served along the way. But don’t forget, Pineapples on the beach will be waiting to serve you a delicious dinner after your return, but it’s not included in the price of the dive. Take time to freshen up and join us at Pineapples on the beach for a great evening.