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Dive Review of Hugh Parkey's Belize Dive Connection/Norwegian Sea in
Belize/Turneffe Atoll

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Paul and Donna Lima, TN, USA
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports)
Report Number 1449
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Maui, Big Island, Roatan, Caymans
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay within reasonable distance of divemaster, suggested depth limits but
no strict enforcement  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
We were participating in the Norwegian Cruise Line's Dive-In program and
had the good fortune to draw Roscoe as our divemaster. We were picked up at
our ship, the Norwegian Sea, which enabled us to avoid lines for the
tenders to shore. Cruise ships in Belize City anchor well offshore due to
shallow water. We had a long, scenic ride out to Turneffe Atoll, much of
which was taken up with a thorough briefing about the country, the area and
the dive sites. It was the best briefing we have had to date and Roscoe
shared his obvious love of Belize with us. The boat was roomy, clean and
comfortable and there was plenty of setup room, dry storage, as well as
choices of seating. We set up our own equipment for the first dive and the
crew then transferred BCs and regs to new tanks for the second dive.
Members of the crew were always available to help with doffing and donning
equipment. You put on your equipment and then walked to the stern of the
boat where the crew helped with your fins before taking a giant stride into
the water.  The dive sites were at the edge of walls with little to no
current and we spent the first part of each dive on the wall, then moving
to spur and groove formations on the shallower areas of the reef. Many
sponges and soft corals but fewer fish that we are used to in Kona where
each and every puka (hole) is full of life. The surface interval was spent
researching the fish we saw in several reference books on board.
Refreshments included soft drinks in returnable glass bottles, fresh
pineapple, chips and salsa and a delicious bread. The crew was laid back,
fun and professional. We never felt any time pressure either under the
water or on the surface (unlike the day before in Roatan) and were
delivered back to the ship in plenty of time before scheduled departure.
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