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Dive Review of Lighthouse Reef Resort in
Belize/Lighthouse Reef

Lighthouse Reef Resort, Jul, 2004,

by Sherrie Barker, OR, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 1165.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Cozumel, Hawaii, Washington
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boats had fresh water for camera rinse. The resort had some photo supplies available, but no processing.

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 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We began our visit to Belize with a side trip to the ruins at Tikal (Guatemala), which was amazing. We encourage visitors to make it a priority. Contact Crystal Paradise Resort for a 3-day package deal.

We found Lighthouse Reef Resort to be a great tropical escape. No shoes, no worries. Only the noseeums. Accommodations were not brand new, but were very clean and comfortable, and the air conditioning worked very well. In-room mini-fridge kept beverages and snacks cold, and was replenished daily. The small gift shop had a good selection of promo items, plus those things you need when you forgot to pack them.

The 21 diving guests were on two boats - ours held 6 divers and 2 divemasters, the other held 15 divers, 2 divemasters and the captain. Once we checked out for ability, we didn't handle our gear again until we loaded it into bags to go home. Divemasters Bart, Gilbert, Glenn and Ernest traded groups mid-week so were with everyone at one time or another. All were excellent, taking it very slowly so we could check every little crack and crevace in the coral. No dive site was more than 40 minutes by boat, including Long Caye and Half Moon Caye. Several were just offshore of the resort, so intervals were on the island.

Shore staff in the restaurant, office, and housekeeping took great care of us. Breakfast was from a daily menu, lunch varied with the day, and dinner was posted on the board the night before so we could choose one of two or three selections. All meal portions were more than enough to eat.

Take advantage of LRR now, since we heard it is going to be closed next August for renovation.
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