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

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by David Durbin, IL, USA
Report Number 2281
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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