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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Lodge in
Belize/Turneffe

Turneffe Island Lodge, Apr, 2007,

by Lin Gitterman, on, canada (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3301.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Belize, Roatan, St. Lucia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Limits and PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments fresh water on boat and dock

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 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Extremely well run operation, very safety focussed with good, attentive dive masters and staff. Excellent food, housekeeping and ambiance. We were a little disappointed in the reef (are we spoiled now after Indonesia?) as much of it was broken (hurricane damage?) but our dive master worked very hard for us and showed us lots of things. Divers the previous week saw +15 sharks but we had a bad "shark week". Operation has changed a little since we were there in 2003 and the change is for the better. Fresh warm towels on the dive boat along with oranges, water, etc. and divers are assisted to the utmost. You set your gear up on the first day and never have to do it again - it is hosed down daily by the staff and washed at the end of your trip. Lots of turtles, jacks, frog fish, parrot fish, etc. Rooms have been refurbished and are really nice but the cabanas could do with a bit of a facelift - apparently planned for next year. Again, a first class operation with excellent dive and resort staff. Note - you are dropped back in Belize by 9 in the morning so a later flight makes for a very long wait in the airport. We will return to Turneffe.
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