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Dive Review of Marisol Divers/Isla Marisol in
Belize

Marisol Divers/Isla Marisol, Mar, 2008,

by howard kaiser, mo, usa (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3954.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving BVI, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Cozumel, Cayman Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions not under 100sfw
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments cooler on boat for cameras. could get crowded with more than two cameras- not big enough for most larger lights etc. No camera table or dry area on boat but went back to dock after each dive so not a big deal. Crew took good care of camera equipment including locking up my camera in dive shop when I left it on board one night.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments short boat rides to dive sites made up for the 1.5 hr transfer from Dangriga. Kitty , the divemaster did an excellent job running the daily trips as did George, the boat captain. Gear for rent looked to be in good condition. Miss Fel and Alicia did a wonderful job with meals although I think that quality of the food could stand improvement- frozen fish used in way too many lunch quesadillas, empanadas, burritos etc. Wonderful fresh juices and conch ceviches and chowders. Snacks such as cakes, breads from breakfast or lunch left out for between dives...diving fairly shallow along reef wall, usually top of wall at 30-35 ft with deepest dive point of the week at 80 ft. Saw large schools of creole wrasse, many grouper including black, tiger and Nassau apparently congregating. Several small schools of ocean triggers off the walls, a small school of a dozen juvenile barracuda...2-3 green morays and a few smaller spotted morays the first few days. Lots of lobsters and turtles on every dive, including a huge loggerhead named Grandpa that was totally unconcerned about divers. I swam within a foot of him for several minutes; he weighed several hundred pounds and we were told that he was around a hundred yrs old. One spotted eagle ray,many sting rays and the night dive showed spotted toadfish endemic to the area. Barrel sponges were spawning- an amazing sight. Thought that fish life was pretty good but less than we xpected for the remoteness. Coral was very healthy including large stands of black coral - on a par with the best Cayman and Cozumel sites. We'll go again- next year at whale shark season. Island is beautifully kept and looks like something out of the south Pacific
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