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Dive Review of Isla Marisol Resort in
Belize

Isla Marisol Resort: "A private week of diving with my daughter", Jan, 2022,

by Ken Krugler, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 11849.

No photos available at this time

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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Traveling to Belize the midst of the omicron surge, I was doubtful it would actually happen...but we wound up having a magical experience. The other big group (12 people?) cancelled, so it was just the two of us with a private dive master, boat, cook, waitress, bartender, etc.

All of the dives we did were within a 5-10 minute boat ride, which would up being great due to a colder north wind that started mid-week - so less time being cold on the way back was a blessing. We wore our own full length skin suits and 2mm shorties (rented from their dive shop), which was adequate but 3mm would have been better, end of dives were a bit cold.

The coral was in good shape, only a few signs of die-off. All dives followed the top of the wall, with occasional exploration of canyons. We could have done other, more challenging dives but with my daughter being very new this was an appropriate level.

No turtles, pretty regular sighting of reef sharks depending on the location, and some big groupers. Only a few crabs and rays, a fair number of lobsters, lots of the usual reef fish. Spent a few dives reducing the lionfish population with a sling speargun.

Food was good, staff was super-friendly and helpful, and the overwater bar was fun.
Websites Isla Marisol Resort   [same]

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Indonesia, Thailand
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There LAX -> Belize

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Daughter just passed open water, so max depth of 60ft for her
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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