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Dive Review of Second Nature/Jaguar Reef in
Belize/Southern (Stann Creek)

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Doug Strommen, ga, usa
Report Number 1478
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Kauai, HI
Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Jaguar Reef Lodge, Southern Belize, November 2004
This well-groomed oceanfront mini lodge, located near Hopkins Village,
south of Dangriga, had pleasant accommodations for our nine day stay and
first experience in Central America.  Despite seasonal rains, we dove six
of eight days, using a down day to tour the jungle.  (Malaria preventative
Jaguar Reef shuttles divers a short distance on unpaved roads to docks
located slightly inland. Their dive operators are Second Nature, a
husband and wife team, helpful and knowledgeable PADI divers originally
from England.  The lodge boat is adequate for the max of eight divers, and
dive staff. They kept our gear overnight and changed out our tanks each
dive.  Additional dive staff trainees attended to the needs of recreational
divers of varying abilities. One issue for us was the forced use of a small
personal boat when the diver count wasnt profitable.  NITROX remains
unavailable with this outfit. A competing lodge a short walk north on the
beach, Hamanasi, has Nitrox, and a larger boat on property.  A new lodge
dive shop is in the plans for Jaguar Reef.  
Two tank morning dives on reefs about 15 miles off the mainland were the
norm, diving walls and reef cuts with no current. The boat followed on the
surface. In the 86 degree Fahrenheit waters, skins provided protection from
the sun and abundant corals. No afternoon or night dives were offered.  Be
sure to request the three tank dive to Glover Reef when eight or more
divers are staying at the lodge.
Underwater sightings were nurse and bull sharks, large hawksbill turtles,
lobsters, flounder, balloon and puffer fish, butterflys, angels, trunk
fish, grouper, hog fish, goat fish, barracuda, and tarpon. Highlights
included a flock of eight spotted eagle and a barrel sponge measuring at
least 12 feet tall and 6 feet wide.  We enjoyed searching out little
creatures like cleaner shrimp, watching jaw fish do their thing, and trying
to photograph sea horses we found near piers while snorkeling between
dives.  Above the water, we observed frigates, pelicans, boobies, osprey,
and hummingbirds on the cays when traveling and in between to dive sights. 
 Belize is on the migratory path of many birds, and we met several
ornithologists taking advantage of this.
Although we had hoped for a lodge with more divers around, this was a very
pleasant and relaxing experience. Be careful when reading the
advertisements in dive magazines about lodges on the cays, many of which
are extremely remote and some are run down.  Bring your deet or natural
alternatives for the sand fleas and mosquitoes.
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