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

St. George's Cay/St. George's Lodge, Dec, 2003,

by sherman samalin, ny, usa . Report 703.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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