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

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Jackson, UT, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6178
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Costa Rica, Hawaii, Cozumel, Isla Mujures, Akumal, Little Cayman, Cayman
Brac, BVI, Utila, Roatan, Belize, Glover's Atoll, West Palm, Rocky Mountain
West 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dived our computers, typically 50-55 minutes  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
There is room for improvement here, but the dive crew were open to
suggestion and helpful.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Glover's Atoll is as close to a pristine area to dive in this hemisphere as
we have been to. The coral and sponges are spectacular, Tropical fish are
plentiful, though there is too many lion fish prowling the reef. Huge eagle
rays, lots of young loggerheads who are very curious of divers. There is
opportunities to see reef sharks, dolphins, turtles and just about anything
else that is in the Caribbean. We stayed and dived with Isla Marisol. Eddie
and the crew took great care of us. Denise was an unbelievable cook and
Alcica always made sure our needs and accomodations were in good order. We
stayed in reef house 2 which was comfortable and well maintained. We dove
with the owner Eddie as our DM and Jorge as the boat captain. They are both
skilled and pleasant to be around. The diving was a little more advanced
than intermediate but the crew of the large spacious dive boat made it easy
with valet service. Most of the diving was on the winward side, diving
walls that go to about 100-200 ft, the tops of the walls are at about
45-50ft and have more tropicals. We drift dived all of our 17 dives and
found most the reefs near pristine, and interesting and large life
abundant. Glover's Atoll with Isla Marisol makes a great dive trip. I would
rank the diving near the top of this hemisphere if not the top. The resort
is ecofriendly, nice and comfortable. The food was local fare and very well
prepared and plentiful. The management and staff made us feel at home and
it was hard to leave after a week of their hospitality. We hope to return
again. This is a must do for the serious dive traveler. -Dave Jackson  
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