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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Lodge in
Belize

Turneffe Island Lodge, May, 2007,

by Bill McGrath, AZ, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3563.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cabo, Vancouver, California, Fiji, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry 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 The divers follow the divemaster for the most part. Go up when your air runs low. Otherwise, the usual 130' rule.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 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 [None]

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 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my second journey to Turneffe Island Lodge, and it probably won't be my last. This is a well-run, guest-oriented establishment with well-maintained facilities, good food, a caring staff, and good diving. The place is idyllic; a small, private island 30 nm off the coast of Belize. The guests were an agreeable bunch, ranging from solo fishermen to couples with young adult children. (There were no kids there; I think this is policy, but not sure.)

The dive operation does all the schlepping. Set your gear up the first day, and it magically reappears for each dive. The boats are relatively small, with few divers, so it's not crowded at all. The protocol calls for playing follow-the-divemaster, so independent divers might be disappointed. We did the Blue Hole one day; a real disappointment. We descended and came right back up without seeing a thing. An over-rated dive IMHO.

All in all, a delightful place with friendly people, sunny skies, and good chow. Wine list needs work, though.
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