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Dive Review of Itza Lodge, Long Caye/Itza Lodge in
Belize/Long Caye Belize

Itza Lodge, Long Caye/Itza Lodge: "Pleasant relaxed diving but toxic terrestrial environment", May, 2017,

by Jan Topley, Bristol, GB ( 2 reports). Report 9798.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was a relaxed diving vacation in calm water with enough exciting encounters for me. The reef sharks were used to being fed Lionfish so approached us close which was fun and the morays were a bit agressive in swimming at us in the hope of lionfish feeds. There were plenty of turtles and nurse sharks and a good number of reef fish including groupers who fought each other dramatically. The Blue Hole was for me deep and tedious and that was on a good viz day!

The first day I was concerned to be told that the lodge was sprayed twice daily with a mosquito repellant which did no harm to anything else which of course does not exist and turned out to be DDT. The managers and their family agreed that it was DDT but later denied this when I reported it on TripAdviser, saying that DDT was illegal in Belize. They were not very truthful about the behaviour of the sharks and morays which was of course related to lionfish feeding. Our wonderful Boat captain looked like a pirate and was skillful and cheerful. The boat was used for transfers so no diving on Wednesday or Saturday which wasn't mentioned.

The lodge was a bit noisy from the generator which went off and on all night so if you depended on a fan to sleep you would wake every time it went off. Snoring of other guests could disturb sleep. Food was bland.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Maldives, Lake Malawi, Red Sea, Dahab, Maui, Thailand, Tanzania, Cuba, Jamaica, Cayman, Tobago, Gozo, South Africa, Seychelles, Oman, UAE, Belize, Bali, Raja Ampat, St Maarten, St Kitts, Cayman,
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There Boat from Belize

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 27-29°F / -3--2°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-30 Ft/ 6-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dives generally.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments
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