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Dive Review of Itza Lodge in
Belize/Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Itza Lodge: "New management, saltwater crocs, groping groupes and shark petting", Sep, 2017,

by Clem Clapp, AL, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9825 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mostly Caribbean
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There Catch taxi at airport to dock for boat to lodge. ez

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 85 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions It's your vacation. Stay together. On board w/500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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
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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 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments I was a bit leary of visiting such a remote place for with no air conditioning the first time with a new lodge manager and dive crew just in time for low season. With Lighthouse Reef Atoll being close to a 50 mile, 2 hr. boat ride from the mainland and with no other resorts out there or on Long Caye (the tiny Huracane next door was closed) we were pretty much stuck with them for at least 4 days when the next boat out was scheduled. My concern was quickly proven to be unfounded and with a regular on-shore breeze and fans in the room, the ac was really a non-issue for me and ac addicted son-in-law.
Mary, who has been with the lodge for a while, has apparently taken over for the previous lodge manager and things went quite well, including the meals and rooms. The most pleasant Michelle, the owners wife, was on board digging through the records before she left for good in a few months. Elvis now runs the dive op with help from his uncle Glenford and things couldnt have run smoother. Itza Lodge lived up to its dive lodge design as we enjoyed 21 boat dives (6 at additional cost to the normal reservation number) during our one week visit in September. We were most fortunate to be the only two guests for the week so we were really spoiled by the wonderful staff both above a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Gregory Bruce in CA, US at Oct 10, 2017 11:39 EST  
Thanks for such a great and detailed report. How was the food at the resort?
By Clem Clapp in AL, US at Oct 10, 2017 13:05 EST  
Mainly very well prepared Belizean fare. The chef, Placido, took great care in presentation as well as variety of food. Plenty of fruit juices and fruit such as pineapple, banana and the largest and sweetest mango I've ever had. Elvis, the dive shop guy, went spear fishing several afternoons so we had plenty of fresh fish. The chef had some very nice fish meals for us. A couple of times some things may have been a bit overcooked but overall the food was plentiful and delicious.No complaints from either of us.
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