This serene island getaway with a boutique charm is located a 20 minute stroll down the beach from San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, and is a great value option for divers.
Mata Rocks Resort offers 11 rooms and six suites, all with an ocean view. The rooms are uniquely decorated in Caribbean colours accented with native hardwoods and feature air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer and a fridge. The suites offer more space and a small kitchenette.
Facilities at the intimate beachfront property include a swimming pool, the Squirrel's Nest beach bar, lounge chairs and beah towels, bicycles and WiFi internet access. Tours and activities are available and golf carts can be rented locally. There are plenty of restaurants around the island to cater for most tastes.
Diving is available on Ambergris Caye and the Blue Hole, with complimentary pick up and drop offs offered from the resort to the dive centre.
Perched on a jetty in the north end of San Pedro, this PADI 5-star dive centre offers daily boat dives to over 30 local sites including Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. The dive centre will pick up and drop off divers from most resorts on Ambergris Caye and work on a diver ratio of 6:1.
Divers can expect to see turtles, spotted eagle rays, nurse sharks and stingrays during your stay. Most diving is on the outside of the barrier reef, where you may be lucky and enjoy a dolphin encounter too, but also include inner reef sites such as Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Single and double tank dives are offered in the morning and afternoon. Night dives are also available. Full day trips are often available to visit the Blue Hole on Lighthouse Reef (these trips are subject to minimum numbers and for experienced divers).
Snorkelling around Ambergris Caye is also a great way to enjoy the barrier reef. Daily trips to snorkel at Goffs Caye, Mexico Rocks and Tres Cocos are available, as well as trips to see the manatees.
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Blessed with an amazing variety of diving opportunities and a prolific wildlife, there's plenty to discover in Belize. Spend a week diving the barrier reef before exploring the magical mystical interior.
When to go: Jan-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 13 days
Price inc. flights: From £2,295 pp
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Located less than a kilometre from the barrier reef, Ambergris Caye is developed for tourism yet is decidedly relaxed and offers plenty of diving and snorkelling sites, with colourful reefs, exceptional visibility and encounters with turtles, eagle rays and sharks.
Ideal for viewing: southern stingray, nurse shark, green turtle, spotted eagle ray