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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Lodge in
Belize/Turneffe Reef

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David Dornbusch, CA, USA
Report Number 3124
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive masters kept divers together at beginning of dive, but allowed divers
with low air consumption to continue dive as long as wanted.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 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
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The reefs near Turneffe Caye are in MUCH better condition than off
Ambergris Caye, except that we saw many more nurse sharks near Ambergris. 
In fact, nurse sharks visited us at the Ambergris sites on nearly every
dive.  The sharks at Turneffe were fewer but bigger.  Overall, the sea life
was much more abundant at Turneffe.

Blue Hole is an interesting formation, but except for some reasonably-sized
sharks, it's only worth the trip because it's combined with a dive at Long
Caye.  Most of the dive sites are only 10 minutes from the lodge, were in
very fine condition, with the abundant and healthy life we hoped for.  Long
Caye is an outstanding deep wall near a wonderful coral garden at 15-40
feet to finish the dive.

The lodge facilities are better than they look on the website.  The lodge
is entirely on its own island, with no other lodges or dive operations
anywhere nearby.  The outsides of the cabins look simple, but are all
natural varnished woods inside, with excellent beds, air conditioning, and
both indoor and outdoor showers.

Have excellent boats and gear.  The dive masters and all support staff are
superb and eager to please.

The number and locations of the dives are very programmed, with few 
options other than as scheduled - generally two to three dives/day.  They
do only one night dive per week, but it was not available during the time
we were there.  They do NO diving at all on Saturday.

We might have opted out of the Blue Hole trip and dived the local sites
instead.  But that would have meant giving up Long Caye, which was the best
dive of the trip.  During all dives, we were allowed to continue our dives
as long as we liked, well past many in our group finished their own dives,
as much as 20 minutes longer.

The cabins were nearly full (capacity is about 40 guests), but it didn't
feel crowded.  Food was decent, plentiful, but not exceptional.  However,
they had a very tasty and extensive barbecue on Friday night.
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