HALF DAY DIVE – ESMERALDA
Full of wildlife – large and friendly. Close-by. Relatively easy dives.
Esmeralda is abundant with fish and marine life, such as large Groupers, Eagle Rays, Nurse Sharks, Loggerhead and Hawksbill turtles.
Only 30 minutes away, in front of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, we descend at approximately 70ft/21m and dive out between the canyons, creating a unique sensation of coral walls on either side. Two dive sites are Tackle Box and Esmeralda Canyons.
The dives are multilevel: we spend the first half of the dive between the canyons at a maximum depth of 70ft/21m for the first dive and 60ft/18m for the second dive; then, the latter half of each dive is spent on top of the canyons at 50ft/15m to allow for a longer bottom time.
We spend our surface interval at the island of San Pedro to get some snacks and walk around for about an hour.
Common wildlife to see:
Eagle Rays, Nurse Sharks, large friendly Groupers, Moray Eels, Lobsters, Loggerhead Turtles, Hawksbill Turtles, Spotted Drums, Pederson Shrimps, Cleaner Shrimps, Arrowhead Crabs, Channel Crabs, Southern Sting Rays, Squid, French Angelfish.
Common coral to see:
Many varied species of: Gorgonians, Anemones, Tube Sponges, Barrel Sponges, Encrusting Sponges, Vase Sponges, Brain Coral, Staghorn, Fanworms, Feather dusters, Christmas Tree Worms, Hydroids, Tunicates, Zoanthids, Corallimorphs, Spaghetti Worms
Possible to see:
Reef Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Dolphins, Nudibranch.
- Number of Dives: 2, with snorkeling during the surface interval or heading to San Pedro
- Number of Divers: 3-10
- Schedule: Leaves at 9 AM. Returns at approximately 2 PM.
- Distance: 30 mins
- Maximum Depth: 70ft / 21m.
- Experience Level: All
- Price: USD$135 / USD$10.00 US Park Fee (If Applicable)
- Includes: Scuba gear (BCD, weights, fins, mask, regulators, snorkel and wetsuit), light snack and water.