Spend a week of diving on the Northern Hemispheres largest barrier reef. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Belize Barrier Reef consists of vast stretches of unexplored coral reef, three of the Caribbean's four offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. The system a significant habitat for threatened species, including marine turtles, manatees, and whale sharks.
This workshop is led by Tony Rath, a well-respected international photographer/videographer. Trained as a marine biologist, Tony first visited Belize in 1979 working for the Smithsonian Institution and has been photographing the wonders of Belize - underwater and above - for over 30 years. His work has been published world-wide and he continues to work with organizations as varied as The Nature Conservancy, National Geographic, The United Nations and CNN.
Open to certified SCUBA divers, the workshop is based in San Pedro Town, on the island of Ambergris Caye. While designed for beginners, you should have been diving with your camera system before attending this class. The workshop will concentrate on getting in the water to gain hands-on experience with your camera under the guidance of a seasoned pro. Tony will explain his workflow, from prepping his equipment to optimizing his images in Lightroom and Photoshop. Instruction will be geared to the experience and needs of the group. Questions, discussion and a non-competitve atmosphere will help promote a constructive and sharing atmosphere.
Tony will lead the group to various dive sites near San Pedro, Turneffe Atoll, and conditions permitting, a daytrip to the renowned Blue Hole in Lighthouse Reef Atoll, made famous by Jacques Cousteau who in 1971 brought the Calypso to explore it’s depths and declared it one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.
Our home on the island is the beachfront Banana Beach Resort located just south of the town proper. Banana Beach Resort is a full service beachfront resort, known for its reputation as a 3-star resort with 5-star staff and service. The friendliest resort sitting on the powdery sand of Mar de Tumbo Beach just south of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye, Belize, Banana Beach Resort has been a haven of fun, adventure, and relaxation for more than 10 years. It is the preferred resort of one of our long-time staff members.
Banana Beach has rooms for all budgets and tastes. All reservations include free transportation to/from San Pedro airstrip. All pricing based per room, max 2 people. Courtyard/Balcony & Vernada rooms include $213 El Divino restaurant credit. Ocean Front Suite includes $281 El Divino restaurant credit.
- One Bedroom Balcony.Veranda/Courtyard Suite $855 7 nights, plus 15% tax/service charge
- One Bedroom Ocean Front Suite $1125 7 nights, plus 15% tax/service charge
The One Bedroom Ocean Front Suites have a King size bed. The Courtyard suites have Queen beds. All suites have full kitchens and living room areas equipped with AC, ceiling fans, cable TV, direct dial telephone, and an in-room safe. They are furnished with Belizean Rattan furniture, including a sofa sleeper in the living room, and are decorated with ceramic/wood art and hand woven tapestries from the Yucatan.
The Private Balcony/Veranda Room has a King size bed, AC, ceiling fan, cable TV, refrigerator, direct dial telephone, and an in-room safe. The rooms do not have kitchens, and are not oceanfront. There is a partial view to the ocean from out on the balcony or veranda.
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Bookings must be made by the student directly with Banana Beach. In order to obtain this special pricing, you must use the code “BELIZEME”. Contact Shawna Diaz firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Dive Operator
Amigos Del Mar, a well-respected operator on Ambergris Caye will be our dive home. Because the weather conditions can vary, itineraries can vary day to day. We are planning several days of local diving, plus trips to the Turneffe Atoll and the world famous Blue Hole. Exact itinerary subject to weather & dive conditions. Dive packages will run around $1100. Dive gear may be rented at a discount, if you do not want to carry your own. After you book the class, we will put ADM in touch with you for assistance, rentals, deposits, etc. Use the same “BELIZEME” code.
Ambergris Caye has a wide variety of cuisine, something for everyone and every budget. From 4-star restaurants to (completely safe and VERY tasty) local food carts, one can eat at a different place every meal, and never duplicate. Our experience indicates $60 per day (excluding alcohol) is more than ample to dine very well, and can easily be done for much less.
Banana Beach’s award winning restaurant, ElDivino, will be the place we meet for a welcoming dinner on Sunday, March 3. ElDivino will also be the location for a final dinner together on Friday evening as some people may have to leave on Saturday. Alcoholic beverages are not included.
United, American, Delta and USAir all fly to Belize City’s Goldson International Airport (BZE) through their respective US hubs in Houston, Dallas, Miami. Atlanta and Charlotte. Flights to Ambergris Caye are 15 minutes from Belize City on with Tropic Air or Maya Air and run approximately $125 roundtrip. When booking your room, ask Banana Beach to book your roundtrip in-country air as well. When arriving on Ambergris Caye, tell a taxi driver to take you Banana beach. They will pick up the taxi fare as well as that for return.
Visas are not required by US Citizens. Foreign nationals should contact the Belizean Embassy in their home countries to determine if one is needed. A passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of the course is required. Upon arrival in Belize, you passport will be stamped by an immigration official, likely for 30 days, perhaps less. In any event, be certain the dates entered are at least as long as your workshop.
There is a departure tax on all departing passengers. Currently that fee is approximately $38 and must be paid in cash. Some airlines include this fee in your ticket pricing. When you check-in with the airline prior to leaving the country, if it not prepaid, you will be advised.
The US Dollar is accepted everywhere at the fixed exchange rate of $2BZ=$1US. Cash is accepted everywhere, but many smaller establishments will not be able to handle large bills, so be sure to bring smaller bills ($20 and smaller). MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, Amex and Discover less so. ATMs are available.