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Dive Review of Huracan Divers/Itza Lodge in
Belize/Lighthouse Atoll

Huracan Divers/Itza Lodge: "Long Caye, Half Moon, and Blue Hole", Jan, 2018,

by eric williamson, MT, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10106.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We stayed at Long Caye 2 weeks. Despite windy conditions and some cloudy days, we were able to dive premium sites nearly every day. There is some dead coral, but abundant sponges, soft corals, and reef fish. Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is a 10 minute boat ride away, and has more large snappers and grouper, generally,but we liked the dives adjacent to Long Caye as much or more. Many sites are only 5 minutes away, so we came back to the Lodge between. On most days, 3 dives were scheduled.
Diving was along a wall, with lots of cracks and grottos. We saw 1 or 2 nurse or reef sharks almost every dive. Eagle rays are common in the shallows, but only occasional during dives.
Half Moon Caye is a nesting site for red footed boobies, and frigate birds. There are crocodiles on Long Caye, but are rarely seen.
Itza Lodge and Huracan Diving seem to be about equal as far as accomodations and food. Itza is on the beach, while the Huracan facility is back in the woods a hundred yards.Itza offers diving, and seems fine, although they didn't have their own boat or dive instructors/ masters on staff, but hired as needed. Sand fleas are present, but the Lodge sprays with a natural product to diminish, and we found any type of repellent to work.
We dove the Blue Hole, but were not that impressed. There is very little life, visibility is not great. We snorkelled there on the next trip and found some of the nicest reef and abundant fish, however.
Websites Huracan Divers   Itza Lodge

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas, Chinchorro Banks, Belize, Honduras Bay Islands, Panama, Costa Rica, Alaska, GBR, Tasmania, Ningaloo
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There $25 US for taxi to hotel; then 1-2 hr boat ride to Long Caye.
Boat owned by Huracan Diving, runs 2x per week.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-110 Ft/ 24-34 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Generally 70 feet max, but prep dive and Blue Hole were 125 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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