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Dive Review of Isla Marisol Resort in
Belize/Isla Marisol

Isla Marisol Resort: "Rustic resort, relaxed diving", May, 2022,

by Timothy C Barden, PA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 12039.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments The June, 2022 Undercurrent issue was especially interesting to me because my girlfriend and I had just returned from a week of diving at Isla Marisol on Gloverís Reef. I thought the M. A. report on his February visit to Lighthouse Reef would give me a good chance to compare current diving at the two atolls off Belize that are separated by roughly 100 miles. I had been to Marisol 16 years ago and found it then to be a charming, rustic resort with a vibrant reef system. I was, thus, encouraged to make a return trip by another Undercurrent report several years ago that suggested not much had changed in the intervening decade or so.

The trip out to Isla Marisol from Dangriga is in an open boat and is usually 1-1 ½ hours. May begins the transition to the rainy season so the journey can be rough and wet. In our case, the captain was racing to beat an ominously dark bank of clouds somewhere ahead of us. We were supplied heavy-duty rain ponchos, but mine was of more use as a seat cushion than to keep me dry. The gusty wind and three foot swells really bounced us around. As it turned out, we made the trip in 50 minutes and landed shortly before an impressive series of thunderstorms hit that lasted until well after midnight. Be warned: your luggage may stay dry in the front of the boat, but will get tossed about during a rough crossing. Ours ended up with a dusting of insulation that had shaken loose as the prow slapped down into countless troughs. Keep fragile equipment with you at the back.

Topside, the coconut trees were larger and more plentiful, but the resort looked much the same as in 2006. Though tested by severe wind and thunderstorms, our sturdy cabana had no leaks and the AC unit worked when we used it. We generally just left the windows ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean. Truk, Palau, Yap, Maldives
Closest Airport Dangriga Getting There American to Belize City, transfer to local for Dangriga

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 81-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Minimal accommodations for camera equipment. Small bucket on boat and standard dunk bucket on dock. Bring your own repair kit. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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