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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Resort in
Belize/Turneffe Islands

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Rae, CT, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6551
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Baja California, Bonaire, Caymans, Croatia, Florida, Indonesia, New
England, North Carolina, Roatan, Turks & Caicos 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The depth limit was usually about 70-80 feet, and about 130 feet in the
Blue Hole.  The divers (a group of about eight) generally stayed with or
near the divemaster.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No tank for cameras on the boat, and a smallish rinse tank on the dock. The
boat captain and the divemaster were thoughtful and careful in handling my
camera on board and on land, and promptly transferred the camera to/from me
at the beginning and end of dives.  There were some nice photo
opportunities, e.g., loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, eagle rays and
southern stingrays, green and spotted moray eels, Nassau and black
groupers, horse-eyed jacks, permits, jawfish, drums, hamlets, soapfish,
scorpion fish, sea cucumbers, lobsters, crabs and shrimp and other
critters, etc.  I used a macro lens for about half the dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
As others have reported, Turneffe Island Resort is a fabulous place. 
Located on a very small, private, island in the Turneffe Atoll, which is
about 35 miles from Belize City, the resort is beautifully managed by Alain
and Maya: the accomodations are deluxe; the meals, which are served
family-style, are excellent; the grounds are very well cared for; and the
staff are - to a person - terrific.  In particular, Jorje (aka George), the
bartender, is very attentive and is a lot of fun, besides.  

Turning to the water part of the trip, the separate diving and snorkeling
operations were quite good.  The diving was very much valet diving. 

I (the diver) was much impressed by the divemaster, Bart, and by the
captain, Marcel.  There were two or three dives each day to various fore
reef and reef crest dive sites, where Bart provided informative pre-dive
briefings and pointed out various creatures during underwater tours, and
gave good attention to safety. The seas outside the reef were often choppy,
but easily managed; the dives were usually done as drift dives, and most of
the drifts were gentle.  Most dives are at sites around the southern end of
the Turneffe Atoll, but one day is spent doing three dives at Lighthouse
Reef, which is about thirty miles east of Turneffe, and is where the Belize
Blue Hole is located. My only disappointment of the week was the Blue Hole;
while it was interesting due to the stalactite structures appearing at
around 120 feet, and to the half-dozen or so bull sharks that cruised by,
the visibility was poor the day we dived it.  On the other hand, the walls
of Half Moon Caye and Long Caye, also part of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll,
were pretty nice.  There are plenty of lionfish in the Belize area, but the
divemasters are doing what they can to bring the numbers down, and we had
excellent lionfish ceviche one night. 

My wife (the snorkeler) much enjoyed the two-a-day boat trips with Carlos,
the captain/guide, to various sites within the atoll. They also snorkeled
the rim of the Blue Hole, and another couple of sites in the Lighthouse
Reef Atoll.

It was hard to leave.

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