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Dive Review of Turneffe Island Resort in
Belize/Turneffe Islands

Turneffe Island Resort: "Unseasonably Rainy; Better Visibility Under Water", Nov, 2014,

by Hal Shanis, PA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8069 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We timed our week of diving trip to avoid the rainy season, maximize the water temperature and avoid holiday crowds. Our plans were effective except for the precipitation, which could be considered wet even by rainy season standards. Other than rainy continually 5 of the 7 days, the trip was wonderful. This was the best diving that I remember having experienced in 25 years of semiannual trips to the Caribbean. All dive sites for our 15 dives, excluding the Blue Hole, were within a 10 minute boat ride. The dive masters, particularly ours, were amazing. The resort was only an hour from the Blue Hole, so we were the second dive boat of the day to arrive. We quickly descended. Unlike most of those with whom I had spoken with before I left, i was not disappointed. In fact, on the contrary, this may have been one of the best single dives of my life. Everyone is so obsessed with the formations of the cave that they forget to look down at the hole. All of the pictures seem to look up instead. Maybe we just had unusually great visibility because of conditions and our early arrival. It seemed like I was floating in clear air, above a midnight blue lake, surrounded by white coastline. I felt like i was on another planet. On every dive, which averaged about 55 minutes, we saw something interesting about every minute: moray, turtles, sharks, on and on. At the end of the trip, we each received a personalize printout describing each dive, including dive time, maximum depth and sightings. Our dive master who grew up in the Turneffe Atoll, enthusiastically pointed out fish and creatures, dramatically acting out the hand signs representing each on. After she made the sign for drum fish, we joined in with signs for other instruments, almost losing our regulators because we were laughing so hard. The 7 acre island took me about 15 minutes to leisurely kayak around. Having only 20 or so guests allowed us to build up very close relationship quite quickly. We ate every meal family style and everyone was assigned to a specific dive boat. Unfortunately my friend and I are wine and food junkies so the food did not some close to meeting our high standards, especially since we have never forgot the incredible food at St. George's Cay's, also off of Belize, where we used to stay before they sold the place. I cannot wait to return when the weather is nicer, so I can fully appreciate the truly idyllic setting and near perfect diving.
Websites Turneffe Island Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Mexico and Galapagos
Closest Airport Belize Getting There Philadelphia to Atlanta and 1.5 hour boat to Turneffe

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 81-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Second and third dives were limited to 65 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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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