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Dive Review of Isla Marisol in
Belize/Glovers Reef

Isla Marisol, Apr, 2008,

by Douglas Peterson, IL, usa (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 4286.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Jamaica, Bonaire, Jupiter Florida, Ambergris Belize, Maui, Palau, Chuuk, Yap, PNG, Coral Sea, Costa Rica Pacific, Coco View Roatan, Grand Turk, Little Cayman, Dominica and Saba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Our short term hire divemaster, Giovanni Gonzales, was excellent in allowing us to dive our own profiles.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I stepped onto the dock after the 1 hour ride out from Dangriga, and was swarmed by no see ums. My legs and arms were covered in red welts before I even got to our cabin. Welcome to Isla Marisol! A trash dump was hidden right behind the dive shop, saw a broken cistern filled with mosquito breeding water, and almost gouged the beejejezus outa my toe on a small broken concrete pillar with its rebar sticking up in the sand right on the walking path from the cottages to the chow hall. Our cottage was beat up, with a hardly working, electrical shower heating device handing over your head in the shower, with its wires exposed, and a virtual inability to provide hot water. All of the staff were very nice, with the exception of Mr. Way Too Serious, the dive manager, who is nicknamed "Buddha" because of his tattoo. Diving was very enjoyable, with varied topography, reasonable life, and exciting swarms of creolle wrasse and black tangs. Big current Grouper Gulch had 4 blacktips, jack schools and literally hundreds of ocean triggers spread over the entire drift. Meals are chosen for you by the wonderfully friendly cooks, but it's a fairly plain menu. Fun trip, but accomodations were poor, the area needs to be cleaned up and repaired, and you MUST PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE NO SEE UMS!
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