Scuba Diving

PADI Dive Courses: Learn in the Caribbean Sea

25Jul

Become a certified SCUBA diver in the actual waters of the Caribbean instead of in a pool.  Like learning on the job, you can take any of the seven courses and achieve different levels of certification and diving expertise.  So, if you want the skills to be able to go with a dive master, or if you want to become a dive master yourself, do it while on vacation with Monkey Business!  Below are our various courses:

Diver Master Course $660.00 USD

  • Includes tax, chamber fee, all the dives within a 2 week period
  • Course time could take from 2 weeks up to an internship of 1 month.  Time frame is from 8 am to 5 pm with a lunch break.  The more time they spend around the dive center the better training they receive.
  • Consists of lots of diving, accumulation of up to 60 logged dives before certification, knowledge reviews on Dive Master Manual, assistance of open water courses with the instructor, supervision of certified divers, briefing and planning dives for certified divers, classroom work with new dive student and with instructor.

Achievement – Dive Master Certification, first step as a professional in the diving industry.

Open Water Certification $500.00 USD

  • Includes tax, pick card, study material, and dive equipment
  • 8:30 am or 1:30 pm for 2 full days and 2 half days
  • Consists of reading textbook, watching video on open water dive manual, lectures/class work/testing from instructor, confined water practice dive for skills and fear use, 4 open water certification dives.
  • Completion of all modules 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
  • Video manuals, no depth limitation

Achievement: completion of Open Water Certification, lifetime diver.

Rescue Dive Course $450.00 USD

  • Includes tax, chamber fee
  • Duration: 3-4 days
  • Consists of surface and outside the water skill, learning how to assess an emergency situation, and 9 rescue scenarios.
  • Student must be a current EFR or something similar.  If not, then he/she needs to take the EFR course.  Doctors automatically qualify.

Achievement: Emergency assessment and rescue skills.


SCUBA Diver Certification $410.00 USD

  • Includes all study material and gear
  • 8:30 am or 1:30 pm, 2 days
  • Consists of class work/quizzes from manual and video modules 1, 2, 3
  • Confined water skills 1, 2, 3
  • 2 certifying open water dives to 40 ft.

Achievement: Certified SCUBA diver (lifetime) to dive under supervision of PADI professional (dive master or higher) to a maximum depth of 40 feet.

Advanced Open Water $390.00 USD

  • Includes tax, pick card, and book material
  • 8:30 am or 1:30 pm, minimum 2 days
  • Consists of reading advanced open water manual, lectures and testing by instructor, 5 specialty dives: drift dive, boat dive, navigation dive, deep dive, night dive

Open Water Referral $300.00 USD

  • Includes tax, pick card, book material, and all equipment
  • Hologram decal is required
  • 8:30 am or 1:30 pm 2 days, 2 dives each day
  • Consists of 4 certification open dives with instructor.  Need to present referral papers from instructor on academic classes/confined water previously done.

Achievement: Open Water Certification, lifetime diver.

Resort Course $160.00 USD

  • Includes equipment, materials, and Hol Chan park fee
  • Instruction lecture on dive procedures, equipment setup and use, practice of skills and use of gear, in water at Hol Chan shallow area, proceed to doing a 1 tank dive at Hol Chan (30 ft dive).

Achievement: Basic SCUBA diver for a duration of 2 weeks from course date with Monkey Business only.  Diving under supervision of a PADI professional, to a max depth of 40 ft.

Refresher Course $140.00 USD

Diving Turneffe Atoll South Elbow (Full Day)

22Jul

Experience the ultimate in wall diving!  The “Elbow” at the southern most tip of the Atoll is where this diving trip begins.  Turneffe is one of three atolls (rings of coral reefs and coral islands that encircle a shallow lagoon) in Belize, and Belize has three of only four atolls in the western hemisphere.

The currents here supply a natural concentration of food which accounts for the huge numbers of fish and other marine life found here, also some of the largest gorgonians (sea fans) to be found anywhere.  The current provides a spectacular back drop to the explosion of marine life encountered as you drift along this unique dive site.

Your second dive is Billy Bob’s.  The formations here have created many exciting canyons, tunnels, and swim-throughs.  This area is heavily populated with the many reef fish that inhabit this part of the Caribbean and is well known for its spotted eagle rays and large grouper.

Lunch time is spent basking in the sun and enjoying a delightful picnic before embarking on your third dive.

Next stop – Myrtle’s Turtles – so called because of a large green turtle named Myrtle that appears here almost every spring.  Myrtle’s Turtle features a wall of coral that shelters a fantastic variety of tropical fish and invertebrates.  The growth of deep-water lace coral is especially impressive on coral ridges near the wall. Elegant stands of these deep red soft corals can lend both color and form to the foreground of wide-angle compositions. A little seaward and above the reef, schools of Spanish mackerels, horseeye jacks, cubera snappers and permits commonly feed in midwater. Also present may be small schools of eagle rays, creole mackerels and tuna.

Min. 8 persons

Night Diving at Hol Chan

22Jul

Turn on the night lights!  Did you know that 80% of the marine life in the Caribbean Sea is nocturnal?  This one tank dive takes place at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and is another “Not to be missed” diving experience.  See the nocturnal marine life as you have never seen it before.

Off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is Belize’s oldest marine reserve, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel.”

Due to its protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an unparalleled diving/snorkeling experience for visitors and an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Over 160 species of fish have been identified at Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.  Here, you will feel the excitement and novelty of swimming with large numbers of nurse sharks and sting rays.

In waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler. The more experienced swimmer can swim from one side of the cut to the other, experiencing shallow reef, drop offs over the steep sides of the “cut”, and seagrass and sand beds in the middle of the channel.

These creatures have a great tolerance for divers and snorkelers. The rays, which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four feet, swim directly towards you, mouths often turned up hoping for a hand held bit to be placed near their mouths.  You will often find them circling around you, as if performing for food. The docile Nurse Sharks average four to six feet in length and can be a bit more aggressive than the sting rays.

Light Rental – $15 US

Diving & Snorkeling Hol Chan Shark Ray Alley (Half Day)

21Jul

This trip is where snorkelers and divers are joined in one boat to enjoy Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray alley.  Divers do 1 shallow tank dive at Hol Chan and snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley.

Off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is Belize’s oldest marine reserve, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel.” The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards (23 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.

Due to its protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an unparalleled diving/snorkeling experience for visitors and an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Over 160 species of fish have been identified at Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.  The large amount of fish life found with the Hol Chan “cut” accessible by snorkelers and beginning divers, the diversity of marine life encountered throughout the 4 zones of the park and the excitement and novelty of swimming with large numbers of nurse sharks and sting rays.

In waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler. The more experienced swimmer can swim from one side of the cut to the other, experiencing shallow reef, drop offs over the steep sides of the “cut”, and seagrass and sand beds in the middle of the channel.

The sharks and rays hear the dive boats approaching and begin to school in anticipation of bait being thrown into the water. When you arrive, you will see the surface often boiling with rolling sharks and sting ray wings as they vie for the scraps.

These creatures have a great tolerance for divers and snorkelers. The rays, which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four feet, swim directly towards you, mouths often turned up hoping for a hand held bit to be placed near their mouths.  You will often find them circling around you, as if performing for food. The docile Nurse Sharks average four to six feet in length and can be a bit more aggressive than the sting rays.

Diving Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef (Full Day)

21Jul

China has its Great Wall.  Paris has the Eiffel Tower.  And Belize has the Great Blue Hole.

If you’re a true adventurer, you’re not going to want to miss this opportunity.

Come aboard our boat and let us introduce you to some of the most spectacular diving accessible to you at the world famous Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef, renowned for its sheer walls and impressive drop-offs.

This trip is a full day excursion that departs at 5:30 am and returns at 5:30 pm.  This adventure includes three spectacular dives.  Your first stop will be the Blue Hole, a 1,000 ft circular coral reef that drops 400 ft into an incredible cavern filled with stalactites and awe-inspiring natural formations.  A limited variety of fish species can be found here, Lemon and Black-tip Sharks, Horse-eye Jacks, and very rarely a Hammerhead Shark.

On your second dive, you will go to Half Moon Caye Wall and marvel at the abundance of its marine life.  Numerous varieties of sponge and sea fans compete for space, amongst a profusion of coral species that include Mountain Star, Giant Brain, Staghorn, and Lettuce Coral.  Turtles are common here and you can expect amazing encounters with many pelagics: Lemon, Black-tip, and Bull Sharks, with Pilot fish always in attendance, alongside the beautiful Spotted Eagle Rays.

After your second dive, a leisurely beach picnic lunch will be served on Half Moon Caye.  This Caye is a sanctuary for Red-footed Booby and Frigate birds.  There is an observation tower where it is possible to see all the nesting birds and observe the behavior of some of the 98 species of birds are recorded here.  Half Moon Caye has to be one of the most beautiful marine and terrestrial sites you will ever experience.

After relaxing on the palm-fringed beach, you are ready for your third dive at the Aquarium, so called because of the tremendous variety of fish found at this site, and their abundant numbers.  Various Angelfish and Butterfly fish, always found in pairs, flitting from coral head to coral head will surround you.  Millions of minnows swim in dense cloud like formations, occasionally being preyed upon by hungry Jacks, and single large Barracuda hover effortlessly in this fruitful hunting ground, an underwater video delight.

Included: Light breakfast, lunch, water, sodas, transportation, park fee, tax, tour guide.

Minimum 8 persons.