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“Belize Dive Mecca!”

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Turneffe Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Turneffe Island
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Reviewed 17 March 2007

We HIGHLY recommend getting out of Belize City ASAP! if you have to stay one night, go to the princess hotel, there is unlimited wireless free access. Its dirty and ghetto, but right on the peir pick up point. They also have 2 free movies theatres and a casino. For convenience and amenties it can be beat. But really get out of the city as fast as you can. We took our trip 30 miles off the coast on a private island via yacht. We stayed a week at the Turneffe Island Lodge which was absolutely fantastc from the fresh hot chocolate/coffee each morning, divemasters with over 3000 dives logged, shark encounters, quiet peaceful beach, less than 20 people checked in to the lodge, adventures on the hobie cat, to the kind, helpful and very friendly staff. Meals were great, home style but not gourmet. Always plenty to eat. Diving was superb! Very helpful dive masters, crabs, sharks plenty, turtles, spotted eagle rays, mantas, eels, stone fish, parrot fish,sponges galore, fish a plenty, walls, rocks formations to swim under and around, drift dives! 5 star diving for sure! One thing that is good is that its only 1 hour from the blue hole which was a fantastic dive marine-life-wise. Ambergais Caye takes 3 hours to get to the blue hole, so Turneffe Island lodge is definitely the way to go! BTW the outdoor shower was to die for, and we thought our room #5 was the best location on the island. Also, we had heard to "definitely upgrade to a private cabanna" however, when we got there the privates looked the same, and all room had been upgraded with the private showers, and there is no hearing through walls problems, so I would recommend to go for room 5. Also, everyone goes to sleep by nine-not a place for wild nights!

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Reviewed 2 March 2007

Outstanding in every respect.

Turneffe Island Lodge will exceed your expectations! It is a a wonderful get away .

The staff keeps things running on time and go out of their way to fulfill any request you have.

One of the little unexpected services is having coffee or tea delivered to your room early every morning....we reffered to it as the "Coffee Fairy". They didn't even wake you and when you rolled out of bed....there it was....fresh coffee. WoW!

The diving was very good and the location of the Lodge allows all the surface intervals to be back at the Lodge. Most boat rides were 10 minutes or less.

Food was plentiful and served family style which let you get to know your neighbors.

We up-graded to a cabin...they are just beautiful and really make you feel like you are on your own private Island.

This is a great place!!

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2007

We stayed for 7 nights at the lodge in June 2005. My husband had the dive package and I had the snorkel package. We had the very last cabin along the beach. A pet goanna lived outside along with a blue humming bird that we saw every morning.

We really enjoyed our stay. It is very nice with great diving and snorkeling. The staff were very friendly. My husband raved about the dive staff. The blue hole trip was awesome.

This is not a luxory resort, but the scenery from your cabin cannot be beat.

You cannot snorkel direcly off the resort beaches - there is a croc that lives and patrols around the island - I don't think there is any coral anyway. One of the guests actually got bit on the head by the croc the week before we arrived. He was fine though - it's not a large croc.

We took the boats out snorkeling and dolphins came around our boat and we saw lobster and sharks. It was really fun.

The food is fine.

There are numerous mosquitoes at night, but during the day we were fine.

It's very relaxing. I read books everyday, snorkeled and took the kayak out one time. That's about it!

  • Stayed: June 2005, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2006

Turneffe was the start of a long vacation and what a terrific start it was. Turneffe Island Lodge has got to be one of the nicest dive resorts around. The management, both outgoing and incoming, were wonderful hosts, the bartender is great fun, the dive masters are very expeerienced, the food was exceptional (don't ever miss desert), and Mother Nature provided breathtaking underwater sights.

Most of the dive sights are only a few minutes from the resort, which is really nice, because you can't wait to get back in the water to see the reef life. The rooms were completely made of wood and were very comfortable. The kayaks and Hobie Cat were great for both the adults and the kids, and the beaches were nice for romantic walks. The day trip to the Blue Hole is a must see for all divers, if even just for the sharks that inhabiit this site, and the stop over at the sanctuary for the Red Footed Booby, has got to be on one of the prettiest tropical islands in the world.

We are ones for returning to places that we have seen already, mostly due to the vast number of places we have not seen yet, but Turnefffe might see us again.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 26 June 2006

When we first stepped upon the island from the boat, we knew we had arrived in paradise: white sand beaches, turquoise water, hammocks swaying in the breeze. Everything was perfect. Our private cabana looked out upon the ocean . . . apart from the comfortable hammock, it had a screened in porch, was cool, large and and well-appointed, and had an amazing outdoor shower.

The lodge where we took our meals was impeccable as was the swimming pool and diving and fishing facilities.

The food was amazing! Who would think that a carribbean resort would serve such delicious meals . . . three a day, plus hors d'oeuvres and cookies between dives! Don't plan on losing weight! Everything was handmade, from the breads to the pastries. Not to mention coffee service in the morning! If we sound food infatuated, well . . .

Our dive master was fantastic. He was an underwater sleuth and really helped us both with our skills (buoancy and breathing). The coral life was amazing . . . amoungst the many fish we also saw rays, dolphins, turtles, sharks . . . Our boat captain was so helpful as well. They took such good care of us!

We also heard from guests on the island that the fishing guides were outstanding . . . they fished on the flats for permit, tarpin and bonefish . . . They also do deep-sea fishing.

All the staff was incredible. The managers were friendly, hospitable and a lot of fun. The ladies who cooked (and did the housekeeping) were always smiling as were the other members of the staff. We really did not want to leave!

If you are a diver or fisherperson, this is the place to stay in Belize! We've never written a review before, but this amazing spot prompted us to write this one . . . we hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Additional Information about Turneffe Island Resort

Address: Turneffe Atoll, Turneffe Island, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Turneffe Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Turneffe Island
Price Range: ₹ 43,635 - ₹ 73,591 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Turneffe Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Turneffe Island Resort is a secluded 14-acre private island located 35 miles off the coast of Belize. We offer 7 night, 4-night, and 3-night Diving, Fishing and Resort packages. Packages include airport transfers, deluxe lodge accommodations, scheduled activities, all meals and hors d’oeuvres served throughout the day. All accommodations are located on white sandy beaches. All rooms include indoor and outdoor showers and spectacular ocean views. ... more   less 
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