2 flights (longest 1 hour) 4 road journeys (longest 5 hours) and 2 water taxis (longest 2 hours).
As this is a one off tour focusing on diving, accommodation will vary slightly from our other tours as we aim to keep the price competitive while ensuring the basic comforts. Hotels/guesthouses are comfortable and all properties are well maintained and all will have a private bathroom with hot water.
Examples of hotels include:
• Tulum: Casa Bloom Apartments
• Caye Caulker: Caye Caulker Plaza
• Roatan: Cocolobo
• Copán Ruinas: Casa de la Café
• Antigua: Casa de las Fuentes
These hotels may be subject to change and are dependent on availability. Address and contact details will be sent out with your final documents.
Breakfast daily and lunch day 5.
• Tulum: Sian Ka’an nature reserve
• Tulum: two guided cenote dives
• Caye Caulker: three guided dives including the Great Blue Hole
• Roatán: three guided dives
• Copán: guided tour of the ruins
• Antigua: guided tour
Summary of Nights
15 days, 14 nights: Tulum 3; Caye Caulker 3; Roatan 3; Copán 2; Antigua 3.
Included in the journey price
• Services of Journey Latin America tour leader
• All land transport
• Accommodation as specified
• Meals as specified
• Diving and Excursions as specified
Not included in the journey price
• Tips and insurance
• Meals other than specified
• Optional excursions
• Border entrance and exit fees
There is a range of optional excursions available throughout this holiday which can be booked locally through your tour leader once you are in Latin America.
There are also further opportunities to dive on your free days should you wish, which again can be organised locally through your tour leader.
There is no extra cost for single travellers who are willing to share a room. You will be accommodated with a same-sex member of the group who is usually also travelling solo. For single travellers who wish to be sure of having their own room there are a limited number of single rooms available, which carry a surcharge.
The unit of currency in Mexico is the Mexican peso, in Belize the Belizean dollar, in Honduras the lempira and in Guatemala the quetzal. US dollars are widely accepted in all countries where it is the not the currency, but should not be relied upon.
A budget of around $45-55 USD per day should cover the cost of meals, drinks and the odd souvenir, although prices do vary greatly from country to country.
How to take it
Cash machines are available in all major cities and towns, and so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip, and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by card. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds.
We recommend that you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency. These bills should be in good condition as soiled or torn bills may be refused and smaller denominations will be easier to change. Travellers’ cheques are increasingly less favoured by visitors who find them awkward to change as well as offering a poor rate of exchange. If you do decide to carry some with you they should be US dollar cheques only (American Express are by far the most accepted brand).
Tips are normally welcomed and expected. Local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income. We recommend approximately $3USD (or local equivalent) per person per day for each of guides and drivers, depending on the size of the group.
Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 - 12% in restaurants.
If you would like to show your appreciation to your Journey Latin America tour leader, who you may feel has exceeded your expectations, a discretionary gratuity would be gratefully received. As a guideline we recommend an amount of between $4 and $6USD per person, per day. You are obviously free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality.
Travel insurance is essential. Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page. Please ensure your policy covers you for scuba diving.
International departure tax is included in the ticket price but a small airport security tax (approx. $3USD) is payable locally either in local currency or US dollars. There may be small local taxes to pay on departure for the internal flights.
During the tour there will be some early starts and long days of travel, but there are also plenty of days at leisure for relaxation.
All divers should be minimum Open Water certified to participate in the dives on this trip. Please bring your certification card with you.
The standard Blue Hole dive due to its depth (40m) is available only to divers with more than 25 logged dives as a minimum requirement. Divers with less than 25 dives can join the dive to a depth of 24m.
The trip covers four countries with climates ranging from Caribbean beaches, through tropical lowland to more temperate zones in the highlands. You may encounter high temperatures (around 30°C) and high humidity in the lowlands. There may be rainfall in most countries, as the 'official' rainy season is May to October.
Water temperatures in the Caribbean in May are a very pleasant 28°C and visibility is often 30-plus metres. In the freshwater cenotes, the water will be cooler around 23-24°C. You will always be provided with the appropriate grade wetsuit for the dive.
Clothing and special equipment
Bring plenty of light cotton clothing and good, comfortable walking shoes. Some warm items and good waterproof jackets are also necessary. We suggest that you plan to 'layer' your clothing. It is easier and more efficient to put on a couple of light layers than one thick jumper. Sandals are a good informal option for evenings. Protection against the sun (sun protection cream, hat) and mosquito repellent are essential and you should bring swimwear. A backpack or soft holdall is the most sensible and comfortable way to carry your belongings. Light sleepers should pack ear plugs. Owing to the number of road journeys on this trip, we recommend passengers pack as lightly as possible. There are plenty of opportunities to do laundry on the trip, and your tour leader will be able to advise about the best places to do this.
All the dives include the cost of full equipment rental so it is not necessary to bring your own gear. If however you have your own equipment that you would like to bring, such a dive computer or mask, that is perfectly fine. For larger items, please bear in mind there is a 11.5kg luggage limit on some of the flights.
Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts. Good equipment is very important and hard to come by in Central America.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements, including advice on malaria tablets. Please take precautions against biting mosquitoes as cases of dengue fever have recently been reported in several areas of Guatemala.
You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website.
Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Other nationalities should enquire or check with the relevant consulate.
ESTA - if flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online.
This costs $14USD per person. This must be done by you personally.
Passports must also be machine-readable (MRP). Avoid locking suitcases if transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them.
APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.