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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Resort /Turneffe Island Resort in
Belize/Turneffe Islands Atoll

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Cynthia L. Cook, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6761
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Cayman, Turks Caicos, Bonaire, Roatan, Utila, Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
dry  
Seas
no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
All divers have to use a computer. Depth and time profiles were given
during briefing but was very flexible as long as everyone was visable to
the divemaster
  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
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
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
There is no particular set up for UWP. The dives are off small boats with
backroll entry and have no room for camera storage. My husband put his
large camera between his feet for the ride out and back. However, the boat
trips were maybe 10 minutes and we returned to the resort after each dive.
Mark rinsed his camera in the room and does that anyway.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The place is unequivocally fabulous.  The 1-1/2 hr boat ride to the island
upon arrival is filled with anticipation and a great opportunity to
"check out" who will be on the island with you. We stayed 11
nights and were told that was an unusually long stay - we thought that was
unsual because we would have liked to have stayed longer! The
accommodations are beautiful, beds were great, privacy great and the
outdoor private shower made me want one at home. We never used the indoor
shower. The food was plentiful and served family style. However, the menu
we discovered is pretty much the same from week to week but that was fine
since the food was good. It was conch and lobster season so we had both
fresh from the sea for a beach cookout the Friday night we were there.  The
pool is nice to relax in at the end of the dive day BUT be sure to keep the
deet on after you get out of the water - I made the mistake of not doing
that only one time but itched for several days because of it.  The pool bar
is the definite evening gathering place and George is there to serve
whatever you want until the last person says goodnight.  The entire staff
was very accommodating. The resorts large yacht was out of order on the
first Tuesday we were there for the Blue Hole trip and they chartered
another boat that we thought was completely inadequate for a trip from 7:30
a.m until 5 p.m. Alan, the manager, completely took care of our concern. 
Mark and I stayed behind and Alan took us for our own private diving day to
the sites around the island - it was great!  And the staff prepared our
meals as we wanted them.  The next Tuesday Alan made sure the yacht was
delivered back to island so we would not miss the opportunity for the Blue
Hole trip - we were very pleased.  So we had a couple of days that Mark and
I were the only guests on the island and it was paradise. 

Mark went fishing one morning and had a wonderful time.  Brought back
several snapper that were cooked up for dinner that night.  Others did the
same and the bounty was shared each time. 

The marine life was some of the best we have seen.  The reefs were
beautiful. Several spoted eagle rays, shark, and many small creatures that
I had never seen before.  The divemaster was laid back and very attentive
to pointing out things and to signals that others wanted to share a
"find."  The diving was wonderful, relaxed and although we had a
profile to dive, everyone pretty much spread out and did their own diving
so long as we all ended up at the same place at the end.  There were some
new divers that were well cared for without holding the experienced divers
back.  I think their experiences created a desire to dive more - they were
always very excited at the end of their dives and anxious to hear from the
experienced divers about how to improve their skills. I wore a wetsuit but
I always do for protection.  But the water was like bath water.  

Literally - the only "bad" are the sand fleas but the perfume of
choice was deet and that fixed that problem.  No TV RAdio computer was so
very nice.  I read 600+ pages of an 800+ page book.  This is a very
comfortable, laid back place.  Dress up or not - we chose "not". 
We will be going back. 
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