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Dive Review of Isla Marisol Resort in
Belize/Glover's Atoll

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Rieko Arimoto, MI, USA
Report Number 1333
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, South Pacific, Asia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
83   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
begin Ascent at 700psi  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The resort was on Southwest Caye in Glover's Atoll, one-hour boat ride from
the mainland.  Accommodation was in a cute cabana which is simple (no AC,
TV, etc.) but sufficient (plenty of hot water, vanity) and clean.  They
served fresh fish/lobster/fruits at every meal!!  All resort staffs were
very friendly and helpful.  The water off the front beach is very shallow,
but there are coral patchs and drop-off at 5~10 minutes' kayaking, great
for snorkelling.  We saw an octpus dining a conch and giant green moray
etc.

The Reef around Glover's Atoll was beautiful, probably the best in
Caribbean that I've seen.  It was great to see all big groupers, snappers,
jacks, angelfish and huge schools of fish, not seen anymore around some
Caribbean islands.  Diving was very relaxed and that was great.  100% drift
diving.  We were swimming (floating) along the gentle currnet, if any,
taking time to find interesting things.  The boat captain followed the
bubbles or saw the divers underwater (visibility was superb) and picked us
up at the end of the dive.  Most of the week we were there, two of us were
the only divers and never saw other dive boats.  Turtles, morays, lobsters,
were seen almost every dive.  Large nurse sharks and dolphins were regular
sightings.  The night dives were also amazing.  I have never seen so many
lobsters and crabs walking around.  In one night dive, we saw an octopus
and toadfish.  For some reason though, there weren't many invertebrates. 
We didn't see any sea slugs and saw only a couple of flamingo tongues. 
Their dive master was great.  We had a lot of fun together!
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