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Dive Review of ITZA Resort in
Belize/Lighthouse Reef Atoll

April, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Howard Lewis, CA, US (2 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"A gem of a dive vacation resort!"
Report Number 8186 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Channel Islands, Santa Barbara. Monterey Bay and Northern California,
Guadalupe Island, Cozumel. Belize.
Combined Scuba and Free Diving...
Closest Airport
Belize City
Getting There
SFO to DFW. DFW to BZE and
return on AA
2 hour boat ride to Itza.

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
The DM would let you dive after evaluation on your own within limits. The
usual 700psi and safety stop were expected.
He did not hover over the advanced divers and let you dive around the plan,
but was alert to the one diver that had some issues.
Very pleasant dives with him.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
 Do you want to see grey Reef Sharks up close? OK! Lots of them, some
curious and not shy, others would just cruise around and observe. Up to
7'-8'.
There were more Black, Nassau and Tiger Groupers then you could count from
petting distance to 20-25' away. Almost all the fish on the Guide to Reef
Fish except the Puffer and Porcupine. There were 2 Goliath Groupers seen at
a distance. Did not see the resident Hammerhead Shark the DM
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
5 stars   
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Comments  
I first noticed the mosquitos after I was bitten. There was some rain about
a week before so the mosquitos were out in force. I used a combination of
several wipes successfully. If you are sensitive or reactive to their
bites-be warned. Pack carefully and bring what you will need.The closest
market is 50-60 miles away.  My wife's 2nd stage failed her after 6 dives
so we swapped out with a spare 2nd stage.
If you have a major medical problem the helicopter comes from Belize City
and returns there. JOIN DAN!
 I did n ...
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By oceandiver at Apr 25, 2015 19:57 EST  
The title should read Itza Resort. They used their neighboring resort as
the contract for diving operations for us. Huracan has their own dive boat;
Itza contracts with several companies. We stayed at ITZA. Great place to
stay! We will go back to stay at ITZA.
 Huracan is a smaller resort best suited for a small group that wants to
dive together as a group. They have their own boat....
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