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Dive Review of turneffe island lodge in
Belize

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Gerald Meral, CA, usa (1 report)
Report Number 4028
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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