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

Isla Marisol, Dec, 2005,

by David Durbin, IL, USA . Report 2281.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Great Barrier Reef, Cozumel, Greece, Turkey, Galapagos Islands, Caymen Islands, Bali, Lombok
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions At the pre-dive briefing, the dive profile was discussed. However, the experience divers (with computers) were allowed to dive their own profiles, as long as we surfaced with 500 lbs
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Isla Marisol has a sort of luxury that is almost impossible to find anymore. It is private, uncrowded, and pristine. This is a 5 star resort that is unlike anything you will ever visit. It is a gem in the middle of nowhere. Don't expect the Ritz Carlton, however. It is as far from "institutional" as you will ever find. There is no A/C, minibar, TV, or telephone. However, the cabanas are very comfortable. The island is surrounded by coral reefs that are within a National Marine Park. The diving was the best we have seen in the Carribean. There was an abundance of healthy coral and fish. Eddie Usher, whose family owns the island, may be your divemaster on one dive, the boat captain on another dive and the bartender after the dive. He is extremely enthusiastic and works to please every visitor. He personally makes sure your diving experience, food and accommodations are excellent. That means diving your own profile (if you are a competent diver) and handholding if your not. That means fresh fish, fresh fruits and lobster at lunch and dinner. His staff was helpful and pleasant. They repaired a faulty regulator with ease.
My policy is never to return to dive the same place twice but I will definitely make an exception to visit Isla Marisol again.

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