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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Lodge in
Belize/Atolls

Turneffe Island Lodge, Mar, 2003,

by Roger, Donna & Kate Soape, TX, USA . Report 730.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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