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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Lodge in
Belize/Atolls

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Roger, Donna & Kate Soape, TX, USA
Report Number 730
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Little Cayman, Chinchorro Banks, Cozumel, Dominica, Saba, Turks &
Caicos, Flower Gardens. 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit of 130' enforced on each day's first dive.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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  
Comments
Most dives are done from small boats - a very short ride from the resort,
so no camera facilities are provided on the skiffs.  The boat captain and
divemaster took good care of my video camera, placing it in a secure spot
on the boat and in fresh water upon each return to the dock.
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  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The only place we regularly revisit, Turneffe Island Lodge provides some of
the best service, best food and nicest accomodations we have found anywhere
in the Caribbean - all on a remote island with no air service.  Not as many
sharks and eagle rays on this trip but still plenty.  Lots of large
schooling jacks, snapper and permit and turtles at The Elbow - a thrilling
drift dive just a 10-minute boat ride from the resort.  Three drift dives a
day with surface intervals back at the lodge, except for the day trip to
dive the Blue Hole and Half Moon Reef.  One operator is feeding the sharks
at the Blue Hole, apparently to satisfy his guaranteed shark-sighting.  We
didn't appreciate the 8' bull shark that jetted through the shallows where
we were off-gassing to collect the morsel tossed overboard.  Half Moon Reef
has beautiful corals.  If you have time, combine a week at Turneffe Island
Lodge with a couple of days eco-adventuring inland.
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