[quote author=tuss board=Belize thread=1172549662 post=1175363610]hey Freedom,
We arranged our vacation by booking everything separately and it was actually quite easy. The country is very small and things are actually a lot closer than they seem.
We flew in to Belize city and headed directly to the water taxi which took us to Caye Caulker for just 15$ Caye Caulker is an excellent base for arranging dives. The hotels on neighbouring Ambergris Caye are nicer but the dive excursions are a bit more expensive from there. I didn't dive, just snorkeled, but the water is so shallow snorkling is almost as good as diving. For example: at shark/ray ally the water would have been about chest level if i had stood on the bottom - of course you can stand because there are hundred of stingrays on the bottom!
Don't worry about not getting an all inclusive deal. There are lots of great restaurants and they aren't that expensive. We worked it out and our whole trip was probably cheaper than an all-inclusive would have been.
Where are you thinking of staying? When are you going? Check out mayanisland air or tropic air for cheap/quick domestic flights within the country.
my Belize photos are here if you're interested. I still don't have the underwater ones developed, but i'll add them once i get them back.
Also, check out this belize forum for lots of useful info from seasoned Belize travellers including a section devoted to scuba diving.
Also, check out this place: tsunami adventures. We booked a manatee tour and snorkel tour thru them. The woman who runs it is Canadian and their hotel that they own looked reasonable - right in the middle of Caye Caulker. Looks like they can do a custom package with hotel and dive packages. There are a lot of other places on the island that do diving trips but they all are similar and go to similar places.