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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Resort in
Belize/Turneffe Atoll & Long Caye

Turneffe Island Resort: "Good", Aug, 2015,

by Roger A Soape, TX, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8466 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments One of the few places we make it a point to revisit every couple of years since 1995 or so. Private island so bring your own nightlife. Good for non-divers who snorkel, sail and read. Great food, accommodations, staff and divemasters.

1 or 2 reef sharks on many of our 14 or so dives. More curious than before, probably due to lion fish spearing by divemasters. (Same for groupers and snappers.) Spotted eagle rays, green morays, turtles and southern stingrays on most dives. Corals healthy. Lion fish generally under control at common dive sites but not so much on lesser-dives sites. Divers can make a planned lion fish hunt on one afternoon dive using Hawaiian slings; fun and excellent evening ceviche, to boot.

Day trip with picnic to Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye and Long Caye area not to be missed. We love the dives at Half Moon and Long Cayes. The prettiest dives in Belize. Everyone should dive the Blue Hole--once.

Small boats and short rides allow surface intervals at resort. We 2 with another 5 or 6 divers, some of whom were a little less experienced than in our prior visits. This is really not diving for inexperienced as it requires back roll entries, physical re-entries, drift dives, etc. See it while you can. Big hotel going in on Turneffe Atoll and Belize has definitely been discovered.
Websites Turneffe Island Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving French Key (Caicos), Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Chinchorro Atoll, Dominica, Saba, St. Vincent
Closest Airport Goldson International Getting There Direct flight from Houston (and other) to Belize. Large dive boat ride of 1+ hour to resort.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-90 Ft/ 18-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits were loosely enforced. Experienced divers allowed to dive own profiles (within reason).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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]
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By Jill Rainin WA, US at Oct 08, 2015 14:31 EST  
Whereabouts on the atoll is the big new hotel going in?
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