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

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by John Murray, PA, USA
Report Number 1300
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
world-wide, including multiple Caribbean sites
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
begin ascent at 700 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
rinse tank on the boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This small resort is on a little island, part of an atoll 40 miles off the
coast of Belize, surrounded by 50 miles of pristine reefs in a National
Marine Park.  Diving is from open boats, 5-10 min from the resort, on the
nearly vertical wall that rings the atoll. Currents were light to
non-existent on most days, though they can be strong.   
Although some poaching activity was observed, overall this area has the
best preserved flora and fauna that I've seen in the Caribbean since I
started diving 35 years ago. Huge groupers are abundant. Large turtles and
enormous green morays are seen on every dive. At night, the reefs are
crawling with crab and lobster, as well as the occasional octopus. Dolphins
are frequently seen, and we swam in the middle of a playful school of >
20 for half an hour.  Inside the atoll, numerous coral patches make for 
great shallow water snorkeling, from the beach or from ocean kayaks
provided free for the guests. 
The island has been in the owner-operator's (Eddie Usher) family for
generations.  Eddie is an avid diver, knows every nook and cranny of the
atoll, and has recruited superbly competent staff all of whom love to show
off their beautiful dive sites to visitors. Dive groups are small (4 divers
max while we were there) and there was never another dive boat in sight.  
Accomodation is in 10 simple but well equipped and spacious cabanas, just a
few yards from the water.  Even with a blazing August sun, the constant
ocean breeze kept the rooms comfortable.  Mosquitoes were not seen, but the
sand-fleas can be a nuisance during the heat of the day if you forget your
The guests are pampered.  Lunch and dinner feature fresh fish or lobster
caught by the resort staff.  Seasonal fresh fruit served with every meal. A
bar over the water provides a great place for after-dive relaxing and
watching the sunset.

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