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

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by jay gorry, va, usa (1 report)
Report Number 3750
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
all over world
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]The dive boat does not have a table for cameras but does have a fresh
water tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
[None]Eddie Usher, the proprietor of Isla Marisol, and his family have
owned the former coconut farm and now rustic, laid back dive resort, for
more than a half century.  It is as good a land based diving experience as
one will find in the Caribbean, assuming you are there to just dive and
relax.  The dive package includes 3 boat dives a day, not the customary 2;
night dives are available.  Most of the dive sites are a 3-5 minute boat
ride from the dock. In spite of what may be written in some of the
literature, the diving around southwest Caye is as good as anywhere else on
Glovers.  Kitty, our divemaster, was very enthusiastic and accomodating and
good at finding marine life.  The corals, hard and soft, are very healthy
due in part no doubt to the fact it is 35-40 miles from the mainland and
unaffected by run-offs and there is relatively very little diving activity
on any of the cayes which comprise Glovers.  We saw in our week long stay
numerous nurse sharks, several out swimming, one 10' or more hammerhead, a
rare sighting in Belize, eagle rays, southern sting rays, many turtles,
lots of morays and the usual reef fish and critters which were in great
abundance on every dive.  There were particularly many varieties of
grouper, some quite large. The diving here has the distinction of being fun
and enjoyable for both beginning and experienced divers 
     The food is remarkable, assuming you like seafood.  There is no menu -
you sit down for meals and just wait to see what interesting and unique
dish Ms Fel, the chef, has prepared.  Nothing comes from her kitchen which
she has not prepared herself.  Pitchers of fresh juice, orange, grapefruit,
tangerine, lemonade, are on the table for every sitting.  So are plates of
fresh fruits.  Equally as fresh is the fish which is served, it having come
from the local waters that or the previous day.  Her dishes are Belizean
and each is made from scratch, including all forms of breads, wraps, jacks,
and something called journey cakes.  You will leave no meal hungry.
     The cabins would not be described as luxurious, but luxury is not the
intended ambiance of Isla Marisol.  They are comfortable and more than
satisfactory.  They do have a/c which we never used; overhead fans and open
windows were plenty.  The bar provides a great gathering spot, though you
might want to take your own special brand of spirits if that is important
to you. You should also take plenty of Deep Woods Off or other no-see-um
preventitive.  The staff at the resort is friendly and intent on doing
whatever it takes to make your diving experience a hassle-free and
memorable one.  That includes asking for your input for diving sites and
activities rather than forcing a pre arranged schedule on divers as some
resorts do.  
     I am a veteran of 15-20 live aboards and this is the closest resort
diving gets to the live aboard experience. Eddie had a dream or vision for
Isla Marisol and has been successfully implementing it now for 6 or 7
years, quite an achievement considering the distances across water that all
building materials and construction crews had to travel.  This is as good
as it gets for Caribbean diving  
    
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