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Dive Review of Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort in
Belize

November, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Laurie, NJ, USA (3 reports)
Report Number 3096

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Reporter
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Guadeloupe, BVI, Cozumel, Cancun, Turks & Caicos, Little
Cayman, Dominica

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
30 minute bottom time  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Comments
My UW housing (trial run) was placed in a bucket.  
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
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
We visited the Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort in Belize for 10 days in
early November under the all-inclusive package.  It advertised itself as an
eco-friendly resort for both nature (specifically birdwatching) and scuba. 
These activities are our passions so we thought it a great place to go.

The resort is situated between Dangriga and Placencia with a beautiful
beach, pool, and the luxurious cabanas with king-size beds, polished wood
floors, huge showers, and twice daily maid service.  The gourmet food is
served formally. 

The land excursions for birdwatching to the nearby Cockscomb Wildlife
Refuge and Mayflower/Bocawina National Parks were fabulous and WELL worth
visiting even if you’re not into birding.  There is also a archaeological
trip available to ruins near Guatemala, a 2.5 hour drive.

The resort is located within a large bay; however, the reef is nearly an
hour’s boat ride away.  The resort has two boats fitted for
diving/snorkeling.  The first day’s diving was cancelled due to high winds
at the reef but we were able to go the following day (Dive cancellation
seemed routine due to winds even though conditions in the bay were calm). 
There were only six people at the resort and only four of us were diving so
we had lots of room and attention from the divemaster and two crew members.
 We left our equipment on the cabana porch the night before the dive and
all was set up when we boarded the following morning.  All equipment is
available if needed.  

The crew takes care of all your equipment set up and they are very helpful
in getting you in and out of the water.  However, based on the three dives
completed (my husband developed an abscessed tooth and I developed an inner
ear problem precluding additional dives), Kanantik requires a maximum
bottom time of 30 minutes.  When questioned, the answer was that divers
must be escorted throughout the dive; therefore, everyone comes up when the
first one is 800 psi.  I had 1400 psi after my first dive and received
little more than a shrug from the crew when questioned.  The divemaster
does little to point out anything except turtles.

The three sites visited (maximum depth was 80’) were unremarkable as
Hurricane Iris destroyed much of the surface reefs in 2001.  Visibility was
no more than 30 feet due to northerly winds.  We did manage to see a large
Nassau grouper, a large school of Creole wrasse, parrotfish, a manta ray,
and a few hawksbill turtles.

Surface intervals were spent on South Water Caye where we were provided a
tasty lunch (main course, salad, fruit, bread, dessert) and plenty to
drink…including beer if we wanted (???!!!).  

Overall, Kanantik is not the place to go if you want to dive exclusively or
diving is your main interest.  
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