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Dive Review of Itza Lodge in
Belize/Long Caye

Itza Lodge: "Itza Lodge, Belize, Buyer Beware.", Feb, 2018,

by Jocelyn Gill, ON, CA ( 2 reports). Report 10191.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Indonesia, Komodo, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Caribbean islands (many), Cozumel, Florida, Belize, Mexico (Puerto Vallarta), ABC islands, Roatan.
Closest Airport Belize City, TZA Getting There Boat transport from Belize mainland to Long Caye is long (over 2 hours) and potentially bumpy if there is rough weather.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very accommodating for bottom times, asked not to go too crazy with depth.
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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments On board the dive boat, there was not "secure and safe" area for cameras. In my opinion, a camera accident will happen someday. ... 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 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The outer reefs of Belize are in excellent condition, and have reminded me of how beautiful Caribbean diving used to be. The corals were in excellent health, the fish were quite abundant, and coral bleaching was almost non-existent. Once underwater, it was truly wonderful.

After a 2 hour boat ride from Belize City where the seats had no cushioning, across choppy waters, we climbed out of the boat onto the rebuild dock (rebuild after a recent hurricane). We were greeted with a rum punch, and an “all too brief” explanation of the facilities. Being an eco lodge, we were told the water supply came from a 32,000 gal cistern system filled with gathered rainwater which was doubly filtered for drinking. We brought our own reusable water bottles. We had composting toilets, and two fans in our room (one ceiling fan, one pedestal fan). Power was supplied by solar panels during the day, and a generator at night. Hot water was supplied with the help of a propane tank. We had poor internet connection available only close to the office, but as Jim (the owner) said, the speed varies from “slow to very low”. We were discouraged from uploading or downloadingimages and videos.

The room and sheets were clean, and the towels were new. We were
encouraged to use the same towels for the week, although fresh
towels were promised if we asked for them. The food was adequate, but soft drinks, beer, and alcoholic drinks were put on a tab. The diving offered was 2 or 3 dives daily, or more if we asked. Night dives only happened if there were at least 4 divers participating. We were asked to produce our C-cards and assemble our tanks in front of the divemasters (to prove that we knew how) and then were given our weights. From that point on, the dive staff handled the tanks for us, including stowing fins, weight belts, and filling tanks for the next dive. The web site advertised many available walking trails, bicycles, ka ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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