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Dive Review of Turneffe Lodge in
Belize/Turneffe Atoll

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Hayes, FL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 1485
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Turk, Cozumel, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy, dry  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max 50 minutes bottom time. Depth usually <75'  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 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
4 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
4 stars    
Comments  
Everything was better than we had expected.  We were met at the airport and
from that point forward everything we asked for was provided.  The
transport boat was a 47', and we were provided rum punch to pass the 1-1/2
ride from the marina to Turneffe.  The cabana rooms were very nice- well
appointed and spacious, and everything worked as it should.

We set up our equipment prior to the first dive, and then never had to
touch it again until it was returned at weeks end washed and rinsed.  The
divemasters and boat captains (8-10 divers max) could not have done more
than they did.  Underwater, the divemaster very quickly picked up each
diver's preference for large or small critters and made sure to point them
out.  Most of the dives were drift dives in the 50' to 80' range, except
for the blue hole where we went to 130'. A nice touch was a spreadsheet at
week's end summarizing our dives, e.g., depth, time, critters, divemaster,
boat name and date.

The coral and sponges were comparable to any place we have been in the
Carribean.  Lots of sharks, turtles and rays, and tons of little critters. 
No shore diving, but with three boat dives a day we were pretty tired by
day's end.

The food was marvelous, and all we could eat.  Every meal was different,
and many of the recipes were unique to us (fortunately they had a cookbook
for sale in the gift shop).  Sherman the bartender knew everyone by name
and quickly learned their favorite drinks.  He entertained every night with
card tricks and puzzles while we waited dinner.

The staff was always attentive, and really mingled with our group as the
week went on.  The managers- Lars, Rona and Assaf made sure everyone was
comfortable.  The kitchen staff baked fresh cookies every day for our post
dive refreshment, and delivered hot coffee to our front porch each day at
6:30.  The bar stayed open until no one was left (I was told).

The lodge provided free use of kayaks and a Hobie Cat for use during free
time.  Those in our group who went fishing caught bonefish, tarpon and
permit- the "Grand Slam"- so the fishing must be as good as the
diving and snokeling.

We spent a little time in Belize City, and were fortunate to have a local
to guide us around.  I'm not sure we would spend any time there on our own-
pretty rough neighborhoods.  But we had very little time anyway so it made
no difference.

We will likely go back in the future.
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