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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Resort in
Belize

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Rich Priesing, ca, USA
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Report Number 1959
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Dominica, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depths were suggested, other than that dive to your own computer and air
limits.  It was suggested that you go to a safety stop with 700 psi and on
the boat with 500, but never checked.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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  
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
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Turneffe Island Lodge (www.turneffelodge.com) is a 30 mile - 1.5 hour boat
ride from Belize City.The resort is incredibly well run and organized. 
Country Club Diving! You set your gear up once at the beginning of the trip
and the divemaster and boat captain take care of the gear until you leave. 
Bo is a DM with over 5000 dives and really knows his stuff, and Captain
John,kept the boat at a discreet distance but was always there at the end
of every dive, and pulled BC's and Gear out of the water with ease.  Three
Dives per day were generally drift dives in gentle current along the
barrier reef.  With the exception of the Blue Hole day (the BH, Light House
Reef and another dive)the sites were 5-10 minutes from the resort dock. 
Aside from the BH at 130' (79F), water temps were usually 84-86 F.  Entries
were back roll from the open boat, all surface intervals were at the resort
where drinks, fruit and cookies were available. There is no shore diving
although you can snorkel in front of the resort.

Sea life was pretty good.  We only saw more than 1 shark on a dive at the
Blue Hole where there was a dozen or so reef and bull sharks hanging out at
the safety stop.  Groupers, tarpon, turtles, schools of smaller fish on
almost every dive. The Elbow was the best site for larger fish.  The
coloration and variety of sponges was the best I have seen. Corals were
healthy but not as colorful as I've seen at other locales.

Food and accomodations were outstanding.  Meals were family style, and with
the small number of guests every one gets to know one another.  It was like
Summer Camp for Divers and Fisherman except the Food and Accomodations were
4 star. The bar was open every afternoon and Sherman is not only an
outstanding barman, but a pretty good artist as well.  Dive Staff and
Dining Room Staff were outstanding, everything else was done unobtrusively
and well.  Grounds were immaculate.

The only negative about the whole trip had nothing to do with the resort,
and that was Belize City.  It is very poor, and not entirely
safe,particularly at night. The nicest hotels were 2 star at best, not for
the unadventurous. 
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