Blue Dive: Scuba Diving Belize

 

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Blue Dive: Chuck & Robbie’s Dive Shop – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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When I was perusing Trip Advisor and other dive sites for recommendations for reputable divers in Belize on Ambergris Caye for a blue dive, time and time again, I would read the same thing:
“Robbie”
“Chuck and Robbie’s”
Then:
“Robbie is the best!” and “Can’t wait to dive with Robbie again.”

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Blue Dive Ambergris Caye, Belize

I thought I would ask around to my dive friends and I actually know a gal that lives on Ambergris Caye that is also a travel writer, Erin De Santiago of Our Tasty Travels, so I thought I would ask her what she thought me going on a blue dive.

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Blue Dive- Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Again, the same thing: “I use Chuck and Robbie’s — Robbie is a friend of mine and his instructor got me through my certification after I had not done it in 10 years which was after I had a horrible experience trying to certify in Mexico the first time.”

Thankfully, with a little effort, you can find reputable dive operators that will do their best to give you a memorable and pleasant diving experience. And soon enough I learned that this must be the “go-to” blue dive shop for scuba diving on Ambergris Caye.
Once I contacted him, we were set up for a day of diving. It is always awesome when you know you have picked the right person to blue dive with since diving has risks to start with, and feeling that you have a safety conscious dive master is always important, but also nice to have a personable diver as well.

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Blue Dive – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive- Ambergris Caye, Belize

Not only that:

  • They own their own boats and have access to borrow other boats if needed.
  • They have hotel dock pickup on the island to and from the dive shop.  No transportation hassles.
  • They have a wide variety of dive site choices.
  • They have up to date BC’s with integrated weight systems and equipment
  • Instruction is available.

Our Blue Dive

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Blue Dive, Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – Nurse Shark with my son- Ambergris Caye, Belize

Our Blue Dive

On a prior preliminary dive with another dive shop in Belize, the dive master was safety conscious and had obviously been diving his whole life, but one thing he really wasn’t was personable. And I had 16 year-old with an attitude who really didn’t want to be there, so it would have been nice if the dive master had a bit more of a personality to get this guy excited about the dives we were getting ready to take that day. That’s the thing about Robbie. He engages the kids and the adults and actually talks to you and your kid, making them answer questions and look at their dive equipment set up before they get into the water.  Overall he appears to be a happy go lucky kind of guy. He is an American guy that moved to Belize City when he was 12 and then later to Ambergris Caye, so he knows the island and its people well.

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Blue Dive – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Once we were in the water, we were set at ease as we made our way down to 60 feet for the first dive. It was a rather typical dive, with a grouper and a few nurse sharks that followed us around like lost puppy dogs.  Robbie was great and took our family of four on several dives. It ended up being the best day we had in Belize! Thanks, Robbie!

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Blue Dive Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – My son with a Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – My son with a Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – Diving with Nurse Shark – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive Reef – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive – Maloney Family – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Sea Turtle – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Blue Dive Reef – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Grouper – Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Ambergris Caye, Belize

Disclosure: The dives with Chuck and Robbie’s Dive Shop was provided as a courtesy in exchange for this written article, but in no way influenced me to have the best day I had on family vacation in years!

Here are more dive stories:

BELIZE: LIFE IN THE UNDERWORLD

DIVING THE CENOTE KUKULCAN, MEXICO

AQABA, JORDAN العقبة‎: DIVING THE RED SEA

INDONESIA TRAVEL: RAJA AMPAT

POSEIDON’S ADVENTURE: CANCUN’S UNDERWATER MUSEUM

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. Cristina July 18, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Oh boy those photos! That blue! Great photo essay!

    • admin July 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Love me that blue!

  2. Charles McCool July 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Wow, so many SCUBA pictures. Looks like a blast.

    • admin July 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

      I wondered if I put too many in, but gosh darn it, I love them!

  3. Veera Bianca / Wanderlust Expert July 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Wow, you just made me miss the sea <3

    • admin July 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Diving makes me do that too!

  4. Stacey Veikalas July 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    WOW WOW the pics are beautiful and the water is so clear! I love to dive in the keys – but this looks like we need to add it to the bucket list – really gorgeous and looks iike a wonderful time with a great dive company! thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • admin July 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      The dive shop was top notch, which is always great to find on vacation and the diving is spectacular!

  5. Katherine Belarmino | Travel the World July 19, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Those are great underwater photos. I absolutely love the underwater family photo! That should go over the fireplace. We don’t dive, but we do snorkel, and we had a great snorkeling experience in Belize. Belize is one of my favorite countries.

    • admin July 19, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Katherine,
      You are right! Maybe we should put it over the fireplace! ha! And yes, Belize is amazing, this being my second trip to this country!

  6. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer July 21, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Beautiful photos! I know that when I make it down to Belize to dive with Chuck & Robbies! Happy TPMonday 😀

    • admin July 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

      It is definitely the place to go!

  7. Erin De Santiago July 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    So happy you were able to connect with Robbie and dive with his shop while you were here. Glad you enjoyed your time in Belize — see you soon in Mexico. Ole! 😀

    • Cacinda Maloney July 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      They were awesome and thanks for the referral!

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  9. Sam March 1, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Hey, we are planning for a Scuba Diving. Me and my friend were discussing the best camera to take good pictures and videos U/W, Your photos and videos turned out really good. Could you recommend me some good U/W camera? How about GoPro?

    • Cacinda Maloney March 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Go Pro’s are great underwater, but I find them not intuitive, so it will take a while to understand and learn how to use them. I am interested in the Olympus Tough TG-4 Compact Digital Camera, for an easy every day type of underwater camera for not much money. Check it out.

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