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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Lodge in
Belize/Turneffe Atoll

Turneffe Island Lodge, Jun, 2004,

by Roger, Donna & Kate Soape, TX, USA . Report 1103.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Little Cayman, Cozumel, Chinchorro, Belize, Dominica, Saba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Few depth restrictions.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Turneffe Island Lodge is one of only two dive destinations that we make it a point to visit every couple of years. The food here is consistently among the very best we have experienced anywhere in the Caribbean. The accomdations - especially the cabanas - are very nice. The resort occupies its own island, which is reachable only by boat, so it is very quiet.

We did not experience as many spotted eagle rays and black tip sharks as on some prior trips. The currents weren't really running and the moon was full; maybe that was why. Still, lots of turtles and pelagic fish (permit, jacks, snapper). Several spotted toadfish and a good number of ths usual reef suspects. As is generally the case, we dove with groups of about a half dozen in a small, open boat. Most dives - including the renknowned Elbow - are done as drift dives just a few minutes ride from the resort so surface intervals between the three dives are done at the resort. Experienced dive masters and boat drivers continue to pamper guests. Better for somewhat more experienced divers as divin rquires back-roll entries, sometimes swift currents in open water, and deep dives. We'll be back!
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