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Dive Review of Lighthouse Reef Resort in
Belize/Lighthouse Reef

Lighthouse Reef Resort, Sep, 2004,

by Yoko Hosoya, ON, Canada . Report 1384.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Seychelles, Andaman Sea, Palau, Turks & Caicos.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 29 to 30 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 30 Bar left in tank, 60 min. dive time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Fresh water bucket was the only facility on the boat. As we used small digital cameras, that was enough for us.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments When we visited there, the sea was very calm. It was difficult to believe that we were in the middle of the bad hurricane season. But people told me that a week before they suffered from strong winds and high waves caused by Ivan and had to cancel the diving for three days. There were only four guests in the resort when we were there so everybody got full attention of the staff at everything, including the diving. Lighthouse Reef Resort was one of the best serviced, most relaxing and most scenic resorts I have ever stayed. Diving-wise, I found the Long Caye the best. It's worth while going to the Halfmoon Caye because of the bird sanctuary, but the walls around the island were less interesting. One has to dive the Blue Hole just to say "I was there!" Otherwise it's a waste of time to dive the Hole. The most interesting dive was the night dive just 10 minutes' boat ride from the resort. We saw a ray, octopus, crabs and lobsters, peppered moray, etc. In general, no big stuff, no "surprises" - so the diving was in a way a bit disappointing. No shore dives.
One of the resort staff told us that the resort would be closed for one and a half to two years starting next August for the complete rebuilding. He said the plan was to make it a big five-star resort to receive wider category of guests - not only the divers.
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