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Dive Review of St. George's Cay/St. George's Lodge in
Belize

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by sherman samalin, ny, usa
Report Number 703
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Cayman Islands, Cancun, Curacao, Turks & Caicos etc etc
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
Had we known what this resort was like, we never would have gone. It was
the only dive resort among more than 10-15 to which we have been that
turned out to have both poor diving conditions, irresponsible management
and lousy accomodations. To make matters worse it was very expensive for a
depressingly unattractive room that was poorly maintained. Payment in full
was required in advance. Five old thatched-roof bungalows over water were
located about 3" from one another away from the ocean on the bayside.
If one wanted to be eaten alive by mosquitoes and "no see-ums"
this was a perfect setting. Between the walls and the roof were large open
spaces, so that at night as soon as a light went on the bugs invited
themselves in. The shower was a hose like the one for washing veggies in
the kitchen sink and the minimal water that came out was either scalding or
cold. There was no door separating the bathroom from the bedroom--just an
open wood partition. Freds dive boat was old, half the steel tanks on the
deck were rusty. The area within 30 minutes of the resort was pretty much
fished out, so that we dove only once a day, not twice, even though we had
paid for two dives. In addition, after several days my computer stopped
working and my regulator started to free-flow. When we returned home to
have our equipment checked (it had been in perfect condition upon our
arrival), the dive shop found that our equipment had malfunctioned because
it was clogged with charcoal and rust. We were the only guests during the
entire 10 day stay, & had we not paid in advance, we would have left
instead of trying to make the best of it. On the plus side, the owner, Fred
Good, is a charming, very experienced diver who is excellent company and a
good teacher. The food was plentiful and good home-type cooking. The few
people who worked at the resort were also very pleasant. Unfortunately,
this didnt make up for the many problems that spoiled the vacation.

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