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

St. George's Lodge, May, 2003,

by Jill Ward, OR, USA . Report 568.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Yukatan, Florida Keys, Maui
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions max 130 feet on Nitrox
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our first time at a resort that included the meals and the diving as part of a package. Its an expensive way to go, but boy was St. Goerges worth it! Fred and Fran work to make this a very special place, with very attentive dive guiding (we had a guide to ourselves on every dive), fabulous food (thanks to Frans delicious, inventive menus and her wonderful staff), beautiful surroundings, and great company. You just couldnt ask for more.
Fred takes diving to a whole new plane. Having had this resort for about 30 years, he has learned some things that other dive operations either dont know or wont tell you. Diving is a richer experience at St. Georges Lodge. Their techniques helped us to extend our dives (translation: Use air more slowly), and enjoy them more, too. Fred and Fran are great at finding interesting life underwater, and you can really see their love of their environment when youre down there with them.
Both regular air and nitrox are available at the lodge, but Fred is a big fan of nitrox. Plan to at least give it a try, and you will be able to enjoy the longer dive all the other guests who use nitrox enjoy. If you arent already nitrox certified, Fred can help you to try it out on your first dive.
The weather was far from perfect during our stay, and visibility was sometimes low, especially near the boat. However, it was still one of the best vacations, and some of the best diving we have ever done. Fred and Fran were very concerned that we have the best time possible, and made it happen.
We saw lots of Eels, Rays, Angels, Grouper, Arrow Crabs, Squirrelfish, Coronetfish, Lobster, Cowfish, Sand Divers, Blennies, Snappers and more Coming into the dock from our very last dive, we even saw 3 large Manatees! We think Fred called them in as a going-away present. He would do that, if he could!
A snorkeler friend of mine, who stayed at St. Georges some time ago, told me that if he ever learns to dive, he will go back to St. Georges and learn from Fred. Even a snorkeler can see that Fred has something special.
St. Georges lodge has room for about 32 guests in its main lodge and in the six wonderful over-the-water cabanas. Stay in the cabanas, if you can. Its worth the little extra they cost. And, dont worry about overcrowdingFred and Fran prefer to keep that intimate, uncrowded feel. Thats why they dont advertise a lot. When we were there, the highest number of guests, including us, was six. For a night or two, it was just us.
Dining at St. Georges is family style. So, you dont have to order from a menu or go through a buffet, but Fran will accommodate any request or special diet. Fred & Fran are both at virtually every meal, and the conversation is always lively, over the fabulous, plentiful food. In between meals and diving, Fred is usually around to give a dive-related lesson, or just chat about anything.
When we left, we left people who had become dear friends. Fred and Fran have a way of making you feel like family. Even if we never went back (but we will), St. Georges Lodge has made a permanent place in our hearts.
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