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Dive Review of Tuff-N-Nuff/Coco Beach Resort in
Belize/Ambergris Caye

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Stephanie Ferris, TX, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4980
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Crystal River, Florida, all three Cayman Islands, Florida Keys, Grand Turk,
Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao, Cozumel, Clear Springs Scuba Park in Terrell,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
500   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
divemaster guided dives; dictated by ability of the group; once limited to
60 feet depth because of number of kids; return to boat dictated by diver
first low on air  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was an ice chest filled with fresh water placed in the middle of the
boat for cameras. Divers were told not to place any other type of equipment
in it.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
     Coco Beach Resort is a beautiful, midsize resort with more buildings
scheduled to be built. The suites have large rooms, and the kitchen has
granite countertops, appliances and a refrigerator with filtered water and
ice dispenser. There is no dishwasher. The baths are lovely, with granite
and carved wood appointments, but be sure and bring a hair dryer. Belizean
Shores, the sister resort, a short walk down the beach, has a restaurant
servicing both facilities and the dive shop/dock. We had breakfast
delivered to our room each morning, so as not to spend an hour in an
unairconditioned room waiting on our eggs. We ate dinner out a few times
(fresh seafood did not disappoint)and bought groceries and fixed simple
meals in our condo the rest. Eliminating the "island time" waits
gave the family more ocean/pool time. We utilized both golf cart rental and
water taxi to travel to San Pedro for our in town activities. We wish we
had known to bring more cash. We had to travel to the bank in town for a
credit card advance. The hotel was limited in amount of traveller's checks
it would cash. 
     Tuff-N-Nuff is a small but efficient dive operation. The divemasters
are knowledgable and skilled. We spent the most time with Felicito and
Billy. The boats are uncovered, but not much leisure time is spent on them,
as the divesites we traveled to are but a short distance outside the cuts
in the  barrier reef. Tanks are fitted with BCs and checked on the dock,
then loaded by the staff onto the back of the boats. Divers sit on benches
at the sides of the boat.  The waves were tall going through the cuts, so
the routine is to be briefed and dressed before going through the cuts.
Briefs were informative and ecologically oriented. The divemasters gear up
a diver on each side of the boat, one at a time, and hand down cameras,
etc. after a back roll into the water. The groups meet up at the mooring
line. After descending below 5 feet, the chop was gone, and not much
current was noticeable. The corals appeared healthy, in spur and groove
formations with a few canyons and swimthroughs. There were no huge schools
of fish noticeable, but all the usual tropicals were there, including
angels, scrawled filefish and spadefish, as well as small stuff like
sharpnose puffers, nudibranchs, and a seahorse or two in the shallows.
Green morays were abundant and nurse sharks too numerous to count. There
were many large groupers. There were stingrays, eagle rays and turtles,
including the most enormous loggerhead turtle ripping apart a queen conch
like it was cardboard. The night dive was memorable, with all the list of
"to sees" checked off by the end of it, incuding two octopi. We
also had a good dive/snorkel trip to Hol Chan Marine Park and Shark Ray
Alley. A quick snorkel under the dock revealed lobsters, rays and needle
fish. Two lionfish were caught around the dock and put into an aquarium in
the shop during our stay! 
     All four diving members of our family had a good time, from my husband
and me, twenty year divers, to our 16 year old daughter in her fourth year
and our 13 year old son newly certified. There are perhaps more spectacular
dives to be made in the Caribbean, but given the overall trip, including
our inland day-trip to Mayan ruins and cave-tubing and hike through the
jungle, which the dive shop arranged, I think it was a first class trip
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