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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Lodge in
Belize

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Downing Bethune, OR, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4276
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth and time were announced at each briefing.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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
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
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
My wife and I spent two weeks at Turneffe Island Lodge this summer and
loved every minute of it.  Guests are picked up/dropped off at the Princess
Marina in Belize City on Saturdays and Wednesdays.  The boat ride to the
island takes a little over an hour.  The Lodge is the only entity on this
14-acre island.  The entire staff turns out to greet you at the dock.  From
there you're escorted to your room or cabana, all of which are right on the
beach.  Meals are served at the Lodge at 7:30, 12:30 and 7:30 daily, with
homemade snacks always available (going hungry here really isn't an
option).  The food is great, not gourmet but more like hearty and filling. 
No tv's or radios, so I brought my iPod and Sound Dock and asked for Cabana
8, which is at the far end of the property, so as not to bother my
neighbors.  All diving is done from the boats, no shore diving allowed. 
The dive groups are small, no more than eight divers max per boat but only
six when we were there.  Divers of all skill levels are accommodated as
management will help out the dive master with any newer divers so the more
experienced divers can get on with it.  After you set up your own gear for
the checkout dive, the staff takes over and you never touch your gear again
until it's time to pack up and go home.  When we were there the schedule
was two dives Sunday and Monday, three dives Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday, including an optional night dive, and two dives Friday morning. 
There are no activities on Saturday since that's the day most of the guest
are going or coming.  Tuesday is Blue Hole day as it takes about an hour
twenty minutes to get there from the Lodge so the entire day is spent in
that area.  The first Blue Hole dive was unremarkable but viz was much
better the following week and sharks were everywhere.  Other than the Blue
Hole Trip, which includes Half Moon Caye Wall and Long Caye Wall, all other
dives were minutes from the Lodge so all surface intervals were back on
shore.  The highlight of the trip was our encounter with Shortfin Pilot
Whales while diving The Elbow our second week.  This place is expensive but
well worth the price of admission if you're looking to both dive and relax
in a tropical island paradise setting.
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