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Dive Review of Isla Marisol in
Belize/Glovers Reef

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Peterson, IL, usa
Contributor   (12 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4286
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Jamaica, Bonaire, Jupiter Florida, Ambergris Belize, Maui, Palau, Chuuk,
Yap, PNG, Coral Sea, Costa Rica Pacific, Coco View Roatan, Grand Turk,
Little Cayman, Dominica and Saba
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
 
Seas
 
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Our short term hire divemaster, Giovanni Gonzales, was excellent in
allowing us to dive our own profiles.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
1 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
I stepped onto the dock after the 1 hour ride out from Dangriga, and was
swarmed by no see ums.  My legs and arms were covered in red welts before I
even got to our cabin.  Welcome to Isla Marisol!  A trash dump was hidden
right behind the dive shop, saw a broken cistern filled with mosquito
breeding water, and almost gouged the beejejezus outa my toe on a small
broken concrete pillar with its rebar sticking up in the sand right on the
walking path from the cottages to the chow hall.  Our cottage was beat up,
with a hardly working, electrical shower heating device handing over your
head in the shower, with its wires exposed, and a virtual inability to
provide hot water.  All of the staff were very nice, with the exception of
Mr. Way Too Serious, the dive manager, who is nicknamed "Buddha"
because of his tattoo.  Diving was very enjoyable, with varied topography,
reasonable life, and exciting swarms of creolle wrasse and black tangs. 
Big current Grouper Gulch had 4 blacktips, jack schools and literally
hundreds of ocean triggers spread over the entire drift.  Meals are chosen
for you by the wonderfully friendly cooks, but it's a fairly plain menu. 
Fun trip, but accomodations were poor, the area needs to be cleaned up and
repaired, and you MUST PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE NO SEE UMS!
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