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Dive Review of Itza Lodge in
Belize/Lighthouse Atoll

Itza Lodge: "ITZA Lodge", Feb, 2017,

by richard s mcgowan, CT, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9481 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Roatan, Cozumel, Caymans, Bahamas, Key West, Bonaire
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There Many arilines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and time limits loosely
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None] ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments We found this gem from Undercurrents' Eight Great Dive Resorts put out last fall. That review was from Feb 2016 so it is a little outdated - though underwater parts are pretty much spot on so I won't repeat much of it.

In Dec 2016, Arthur (former DI at Hurrican) and Selina took over management of Itza, bringing along Elta the fabulous cook - more on that later. We dove there 9 weeks later and the place is still undergoing some positive upgrades - see below.

The "lodge" is beachfront and the website photos are accurate. The rooms, especially upstairs, are wonderful with hammocked balconies overlooking the sea. As of now they only offer 12 rooms so at tops about 30 guests if you jam them in (some rooms have 2 beds and there are cots); they have another 6 rooms they are holding off letting out until they upgrade. We had 6 divers for 3 days (plus 3 fishermen and a wife) and 3 divers for the last 3 days with the fisherman and his wife. Everything but fish and coconuts come by boat from the mainland. Solar panels provide electric with a night/backup generator. You are off the grid except for satellite wifi which is sketchy ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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