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Dive Review of Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort in
Belize

Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort, Nov, 2006,

by Laurie, NJ, USA . Report 3096.

Reporter and Travel

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

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
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
UW Photo 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
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 youre 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 hours boat ride away. The resort has two boats fitted for diving/snorkeling. The first days 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 drinkincluding 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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