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Dive Review of Blue Marlin Dive/Blue Marlin Beach Resort in
Belize/South Water Caye

Blue Marlin Dive/Blue Marlin Beach Resort: "Diving South Water Caye in Belize", Dec, 2019,

by Lori Price, GA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 11371.

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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 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Blue Marlin Resort is a hidden treasure as a small family owned operation. The beach front huts are more than adequate for divers and non divers. Staff are very attentive to any needs and there is an obvious effort to protect the reef and island environment. The island is quite small as you can view ocean on east and west coast from your door. No shore diving is available, all dives are drift with mild current. There is only one dive master; she knows the area well. A central lodge and outdoor dining deck are open all hours for guests to use WiFi as it is not available in the rooms. The facility is extremely clean and kept well. Rooms are cleaned each morning by staff and turn down service occurs during the dinner hour.

The food is outstanding, better than most dive resorts. The chef is able to accommodate any dietary restrictions. He checks in with each party after all meals to get feedback and answer questions. Food is prepared once you sit down and all ingredients are fresh. A fresh juice was served with each meal. Each dinner is 3 course, individually served, and made with quality fresh ingredients. They even hold dinner to work around your dive schedule. Portions can be adjusted to each person.

All diving is good, located within the marine park, with good visibility despite the reef showing signs of stress and coral bleaching. About 15% of hard corals are dead. Soft corals are abundant. The resort is close to all dive sites with a ten to fifteen minute small boat ride, back roll entry, and a return to the resort between dives. Spotted eagle rays were seen on multiple dives and every night at the end of the pier due to the dock lighting. On several dives we interacted with nurse sharks swimming between us. They come up along side the diver, within a foot. Large green moray eels were not hesitant to free swim and demonstrated aggressive behavior toward the divers. Perhaps it was mating season? The dive master was receptive to the requests and profile desired by the divers. There was a very small dive shop/boat house for rinsing and hanging gear. The staff go out of their way to facilitate your every need.
Websites Blue Marlin Beach Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Sipidan, Maldives, Florida, Bonaire, La Paz, Indonesia, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Fiji, Barbados, St Thomas, Hawaii
Closest Airport BZE Getting There ATL to BZE on Delta then small air plane to Dangriga and boat to island

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving but dive master was very careful.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The staff will do anything to help you but are not experienced in underwater photography. There is not a rinse tank on the boat as it is too small. All dives were drift dives with small currents so you are able to circle around to photograph a specific subject. Gear is rinsed at the boat dock upon return to the resort.
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