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Dive Review of Turtle Inn in
Belize/Plancencia

Turtle Inn, Apr, 2005,

by C Vernon Hartline Jr, Tx, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 1656.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Red Sea, Mexican Pacific & Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 80' for 45 minutes - 1st dive
60' for 45 minutes 2nd
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Put in the boat a fresh water box for my camera

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 20+ miles to the wall from the shop - LONG boat rides. Shop takes care of divers and snorklers on same trip. Drop the snorklers off at a caye and divers proceed (once 9 miles further)to a dive site. Profiles enforced. Bertram,Quienton and Edlyn are local dive masters and they try hard. Julie is the knowledgable dive shop manager and is the PADI instructor. We dove Laughingbird,Silk and Raniguana Cayes. Viz sucked most dives. I took a new video camera and housing and never got them wet. I regreted only once I didn't have it. Saw a huge Loggerhead turtle on one dive at Silk Caye. Too early for the whale sharks (3 weeks). I had scheduled 4 days of diving and only did 3. Roll off the back of the boat - drift dive. Full fills - well equipted dive shop. One dive,when we surfaced, the boat was a long way away and it took several minutes to get the attention of the driver. This is a secondary dive activity place - not a dive destination. Turtle Inn is Francis Ford Coppula's resort. Very Bali-ish. No phones - no AC - no TV - internet available for a fee. Pricy but very well done. [Bill Gates' wife and kids were there one day for a romp on the beach and a massage - should have seen their yacht.]
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