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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Private Resort in
Belize/Turneffe Island Private Resort

December, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by David L Maislen, CA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 7466
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Andros, Little Cayman, Cayman, Grenada, Florida, Hawaii,
California, Fiji, Tahiti, Dominica, Papau New Guinea, Australia,  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the wasn't too strict, but in small groups we were
expected to stay reasonably together.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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No fresh water container on the dive boats, but only about 5 to 15 minutes
to shore where all surface intervals took place. ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Shore Diving  
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3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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Some days you only did a one tank morning and one tank afternoon
dive...other days you did two tanks in the morning and one in the
afternoon.  There is supposed to be one night dive on Thursday nights, but
there were a thousand excuses why the conditions weren't right for our one
night dive during the week I was at the resort.  Thursday night was very
calm with a full noon out...a perfect night for a night dive, but we were
offered a dive at 3:00 PM in the afternoon.

About 70% of the coral is dead.  There are lots of lionfish and the dive
guide I was with, Daniel, would spear them and feed them to groupers or
green moray eels.  The eels have been fed so often that they are all out
free swimming during the day.  O ...
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By kim riederer in CA, US at Dec 29, 2013 10:29 EST  
Thank you for your honest opinion, family of 3, trip will be over
10,000.00$, I would cry & cry !!!            Kim from California
By David L Maislen in CA, US at Dec 29, 2013 10:36 EST  
Hi Kim,
If you haven't gone yet please feel free to call me and I can discuss the
good, the bad, and the ugly with you...there's plenty of good so don't cry.

David Maislen
By kim riederer in CA, US at Dec 29, 2013 11:09 EST  
There is nothing like horrible feeling, after all that planning & hard
earn money get wasted on bitter dive trip. We just came back from Bonaire
Divi Flamingo 2 boat dive, & 2 shore dive everyday for seven days (
very hard but sooo worth it!! You know it,right? !! Do you think it is
better than Bonaire as far as diving go?
 I read somewhere bad shape of corals even outer side & over rated Blue
Hole.We are not fancy resort type but must have AC.
What do you think? I sure will keep your phone # safe  will ring you if we
consider Belize. Thank you again David !!     kim work to DIVE
By David L Maislen in CA, US at Dec 29, 2013 11:41 EST  
I've been to Bonaire 4 times, but not in the last 10 years or so.  I went
when you could safely leave a rental vehicle at the side of the road while
you dived and your pants with wallet were still there when you got back. 
The first two times we stay at Captain Don's and then we found Holiday
Homes between the airport and the salt flats.  Then we would rent a Sazuki
van and purchase unlimited diving from Captain Dons...pull in around 7 PM
and take about 10 tanks for the next day's diving.  Shore dive all day long
then come back at 7:00 PM and drop off the empties and get full ones.  It
was wonderful.

The coral at Belize is about 70% dead and there are fewer fish than I
remember in Bonaire...Yellow tailed damselfish are not common in Belize as
an example.  However, I never saw a spotted eagle ray in Bonaire and saw 4
of them in Belize.

The Blue Hole dive is a complete waste of time.  Don't waste the time to
get there.
By Laura A. Sonnenmark in VA, US at Jan 03, 2014 11:34 EST  
It's difficult to compare Bonaire and Belize, isn't it? I mean, rays, nurse
sharks, green morays, and turtles are much more common in Belize(as I
remember it, a dozen years ago)but Bonaire has lots of fishy sites and
beautiful coral sites and quasi-mucky sites. And the freedom of shore
diving, IMHO, is just wonderful. I also think Bonaire is a better bet for
those of us who must travel during Christmas break. I've tried Roatan &
Cayman during this time, and ended up stuck at the hotel as the boats
couldn't get out. It's hard to find places in the Pacific that are good at
this time of year (Palau and Lembeh were good for us.) 5 times we've been
to Bonaire for Christmas week, and have always been able to dive every day.
The petty thievery is a nuisance, but it's not that big a deal not to leave
anything of value in your truck. Five times, and we've never had a problem,
for what it's worth.
By Laura A. Sonnenmark in VA, US at Jan 03, 2014 11:37 EST  
I have been wanting to go back to Belize for some time now--it's been over
a decade since we were there--and am saddened to read your report. Turneffe
Lodge was always considered one of the best locations (we were at Caye
By Laura A. Sonnenmark in VA, US at Jan 03, 2014 11:37 EST  
I have been wanting to go back to Belize for some time now, and am saddened
to read your report. Turneffe Lodge was always considered one of the best
By Laura A. Sonnenmark in VA, US at Jan 03, 2014 11:39 EST  
Sorry for the double posting! Not sure what happened there.
By David L Maislen in CA, US at Jan 03, 2014 11:53 EST  
The lodge was wonderful...the food very good, the people terrific and
cottage more than adequate...but the diving just wasn't that great.
By Kurt Oheim in TX, US at Feb 20, 2014 18:14 EST  
I've enjoyed over 50 dives in Belize waters.  Most off of Liveaboards
(Lighthouse Atoll), many off of the barrier reef off St. George's Caye and
Ambergris Caye.  The reefs that I have observed are actually in very good
shape, and I have discussed this with marine biologists who I have had the
opportunity to share in some of these diving experiences.  Perhaps you
observed unhealthy eco conditions, but I believe that Belize is rigorously
protecting its reefs and this has been paying off.  It is regretful that
you didn't have as good an experience as expected.  Perhaps your next trip
might be on a liveaboard as they spend most of their time at Lighthouse
Atoll, and they cater wonderfully to divers.  When I add up the investment
in a trip, the liveaboard experience seems to be the best bang for the
buck, at least for one who has diving as a priority.
By Laura A. Sonnenmark in VA, US at Feb 20, 2014 19:14 EST  
That's good advice, Kurt, and I think we can safely assume that anyone who
subscribes to Undercurrent has diving as a priority!
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