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Dive Review of Turneffe Flats in

Turneffe Flats: "Great Diving With Most Caribbean Critters Spotted, W/Few Exceptions", Aug, 2023,

by Rik Pavlescak, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 12508 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 Turneffe Flats was designed for sports fishing (bonefish, tarpon, pilot) but offers scuba diving. On the week of my visit, there were a total of 23 guests, and on most days there were only 4 divers (up to 7 divers on the day we went to the Blue Hole, and 5 on two other days). The dive boat was large, and we had plenty of space.

Arrangements: I booked through Maduro Dive Travel. I called Roxanne less than two weeks out to book a trip to Belize at a different resort. She called back stating that they would be closed for that week, but she was able to find a spot for me a Turneffe Flats. She had been there before and thought I’d like it. She made the booking quickly and everything was set.

Getting there: I flew into Belize and was greeted by a Turneffe Flats representative when I exited customs. They guided me to a driver who drove me to the boat marina. I mentioned that I had forgotten to pack SD cards for my camera, and he gladly took me to a store so I could make a quick purchase. Once at the marina, they took my luggage to the boat for the trip to the resort (1.5 hours away) and I was invited to wait at the Radisson Fort George Hotel across the street, which had a restaurant. The boat leaves once all of the guests for the week have arrived, and in my case, one of the flights was delayed, so the wait was more than 3 hours. No problem as the Radisson is used to guests just sitting in their restaurant biding time. Once the final guests arrived we got on the boat and headed to the resort. The boat was a larger dive boat—all luggage was stored in the hold and guests were able to sit where they wanted. The benches were hard and several of us used life vests to cushion the seat.

When we arrived, we were greeted by a welcome drink and given a quick rundown of scheduling. Breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch between 12 noon and 2 p.m. (but generally on the boat), appetizer at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. All meals take place in the main lodge which had numerou ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Costa Brava, Roatan, Key West, Cozumel, Key Largo, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Philippines, Bali, North Sulawesi, St. John, St. Croix, Curacao, St. Eustatius, Fiji, Komodo, Lembeh, Belize
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There I flew from Fort Lauderdale to Houston and Houston to Belize on Southwest, which offers two free checked bags

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 85-88°F / 29-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On drift dives, come up with group; otherwise, do your thing
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Resort does not have a camera room or rinse tank, requiring divers to carry their camera to and from their room each day. I had to "shower" my camera at the ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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