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Dive Review of Turneff Island Lodge in
Belize/Turneff Atoll

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Metz, Ohio, USA
Report Number 2088
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Cayman Brac, Mexico, Costa Rico, Honduras, British Columbia, many
locations throughout the US, etc
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational limits.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
While a rinse bucket was offered on the dive boat, we declined because the
dive sites were normally so close to the dock, and you return to the dock
after every dive.  There was a large rinse tank dedicated to cameras on the
dock.  The dive masters and captains were very careful handling the
cameras. There were do developing facilities available for film but the
lounge had a monitor available for viewing digital.
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  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
I have nothing but praise for the entire operation.  Turneff Island Lodge
is located on a 10 acre island near the southern tip of the Turneff Atoll. 
They are self-sufficient, generating their own power and collecting or
making their own water.  There is nothing on the Island but the Lodge.  You
dive, fish, snorkle, swim, sun bathe, kayak and eat during the day and make
your own night life in the lounge bar if you still have any energy left. 
They accomodate about 40 guests tops.  The diving was excellent - not quite
as good as Caymen Brac, but much better than Honduras.  The dive operation
and dive personal are some of the best I have ever encountered.  I am
really particular about my gear, but felt I could really trust them to
handle it properly.  The accomodations were awsome.  Staying in one of the
cabanas on the beach is well worth the extra cost.  The entire interior is
finished in hardwoods.  The food is family style and really delicious.  All
the food is fresh with a lot of local dishes mixed in to make it
interesting.  The staff and management are extremely helpful and friendly
and seem to anticipate your every question or need.  If you leave something
lay on the dining room table it turns up on your front porch before you
miss it.  They also run an excellent fishing operation if you want some
variety.  If you are looking for a fantastic dive getaway, this simply the
standard by which all should be compared.  'nough said!
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