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Dive Review of ITZA Resort in
Belize/Lighthouse Reef Atoll

ITZA Resort: "A gem of a dive vacation resort!", Apr, 2015,

by Howard Lewis, CA, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8186 has 1 Helpful vote.

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
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
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!
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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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