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Dive Review of Turneff Island Lodge in
Belize/Turneff Atoll

Turneff Island Lodge, Aug, 2004,

by Ken Metz, Ohio, USA . Report 2088.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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