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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Resort /Turneffe Island Resort in
Belize/Turneffe Islands Atoll

Turneffe Island Resort /Turneffe Island Resort, Oct, 2012,

by Cynthia L. Cook, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 6761.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The place is unequivocally fabulous. The 1-1/2 hr boat ride to the island upon arrival is filled with anticipation and a great opportunity to "check out" who will be on the island with you. We stayed 11 nights and were told that was an unusually long stay - we thought that was unsual because we would have liked to have stayed longer! The accommodations are beautiful, beds were great, privacy great and the outdoor private shower made me want one at home. We never used the indoor shower. The food was plentiful and served family style. However, the menu we discovered is pretty much the same from week to week but that was fine since the food was good. It was conch and lobster season so we had both fresh from the sea for a beach cookout the Friday night we were there. The pool is nice to relax in at the end of the dive day BUT be sure to keep the deet on after you get out of the water - I made the mistake of not doing that only one time but itched for several days because of it. The pool bar is the definite evening gathering place and George is there to serve whatever you want until the last person says goodnight. The entire staff was very accommodating. The resorts large yacht was out of order on the first Tuesday we were there for the Blue Hole trip and they chartered another boat that we thought was completely inadequate for a trip from 7:30 a.m until 5 p.m. Alan, the manager, completely took care of our concern. Mark and I stayed behind and Alan took us for our own private diving day to the sites around the island - it was great! And the staff prepared our meals as we wanted them. The next Tuesday Alan made sure the yacht was delivered back to island so we would not miss the opportunity for the Blue Hole trip - we were very pleased. So we had a couple of days that Mark and I were the only guests on the island and it was paradise.

Mark went fishing one morning and had a wonderful time. Brought back several snapper that were cooked up for dinner that night. Others did the same and the bounty was shared each time.

The marine life was some of the best we have seen. The reefs were beautiful. Several spoted eagle rays, shark, and many small creatures that I had never seen before. The divemaster was laid back and very attentive to pointing out things and to signals that others wanted to share a "find." The diving was wonderful, relaxed and although we had a profile to dive, everyone pretty much spread out and did their own diving so long as we all ended up at the same place at the end. There were some new divers that were well cared for without holding the experienced divers back. I think their experiences created a desire to dive more - they were always very excited at the end of their dives and anxious to hear from the experienced divers about how to improve their skills. I wore a wetsuit but I always do for protection. But the water was like bath water.

Literally - the only "bad" are the sand fleas but the perfume of choice was deet and that fixed that problem. No TV RAdio computer was so very nice. I read 600+ pages of an 800+ page book. This is a very comfortable, laid back place. Dress up or not - we chose "not". We will be going back.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Cayman, Turks Caicos, Bonaire, Roatan, Utila, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas no currents
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All divers have to use a computer. Depth and time profiles were given during briefing but was very flexible as long as everyone was visable to the divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments There is no particular set up for UWP. The dives are off small boats with backroll entry and have no room for camera storage. My husband put his large camera between his feet for the ride out and back. However, the boat trips were maybe 10 minutes and we returned to the resort after each dive. Mark rinsed his camera in the room and does that anyway.
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