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Dive Review of turneffe island lodge in
Belize

turneffe island lodge, Apr, 2008,

by Gerald Meral, CA, usa ( 1 report). Report 4028.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, throughout Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 feet max. Usually suggested shallower dives. Mostly drift diving, slow currents, so group stayed generally with divemaster. This was not overly restrictive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Small boat had no photo or other facilities. All dives except Blue Hole 5-10 minutes from Lodge. Crew helped with cameras.

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
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The facilities are very high end: great rooms, food, and helpful staff. Rooms large, all ocean view, with screened porch in case of bugs. We had almost no bugs. High fish diverstiy: 123 species seen in a week. Lots of turles, some huge. Lots of big groupers, snappers, spotted eagle rays, eels, spadefish, jacks, especially at Elbow, which we dove 3 times. Some sharks. Blue Hole is a waste of time, but other 2 dives that day at Half Moon and Long keys were outstanding. Weather and water were unusually cool for that time of year. Although it was very slow current drift diving, meaning you had to stay with the divemaster, it was possible to spread out and see the sights. 15 dives in 6 days. All diving except Blue Hole day from small boat: roll off, and then hand up your weight belt and B/C at end of dive. All dives 5-10 minutes from Lodge. Surface intervals at Lodge. They also had kayaks and a Hobie Cat.

The Lodge is expensive, but worth it.
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