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Dive Review of Kendra and Jim Schofield in
Belize

Kendra and Jim Schofield: "Off the Wall Resort, Long Caye, Glover's Reef", Mar, 2015,

by Chuck Edson , OR, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 8239.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The resort is short on amenities but long on hospitality and service. Regarding amenities: There is no running water in the cabanas thus it’s a walk to the outhouse. Also, there is no air conditioning in rooms. Insects and heat were not a problem during our visit. The caye is very narrow and breezes kept things cool in the evenings and relatively bug-free. There are four outdoor shower stalls that are enclosed and tiled. The water is solar-heated and usually reasonably warm. The composting outhouse has two rooms that are some fifteen feet high.

Regarding Service: Jim and Kendra Schofield are very friendly and accommodating. Our dive guide, Tyrone, was extremely hard-working and attentive. Ilene prepared healthful and tasty meals with limited food options and she made excellent desserts. Her husband, Mario, the night watchman, is a cribbage fanatic and welcomes players. The boat driver, Junior, was adroit at making good headway and missing the biggest swells. One guest, a snorkeler, referred to Off the Wall as “the best summer camp ever.” The setting is very romantic, with bone fish off shore. The small island is shared with Slip Rock Resort, which does not offer diving for their guests.

Regarding Diving: Sadly, the coral is largely covered with algal growth due to fertilizer runoff from Guatemala and Honduras. Early March 2015 brought unusually high trade winds which resulted in challenges in reaching some areas and in boarding the dive skiff. The most entertaining aspect of diving was the dive master spearing lion fish and feeding them to Nurse Sharks, Morey Eels and Groupers – hopefully to develop their appetites for these intruders.

I believe the snorkelers were very satisfied with their diving as the algal growth seemed to affect deeper water more.
Websites Kendra and Jim Schofield   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Belize x4, Mexico, Palau x2, Wakatobi x2, Australia, Raja Ampat ...
Closest Airport Dangriga Getting There 1 hour boat ride

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas surge
Water Temp 80-°F / 27-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive masters were reasonable.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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]
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By Vicki Huffmanin WI, US at Jan 21, 2016 10:05 EST  
Last week was our sixth annual trip to Off the Wall. Eileen and Mario are not married nor are they an item and algae growth???? The reef is in good shape and the diving as good as Belize offers. We’ve been diving Belize since 2000.
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