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Dive Review of Turtle Inn in

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by C Vernon Hartline Jr, Tx, USA
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Report Number 1656
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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

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
80' for 45 minutes - 1st dive
60' for 45 minutes 2nd  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Put in the boat a fresh water box for my camera
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
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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