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“wonderful walls” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Turneffe Reef

Turneffe Reef
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Blue Hole and Turneffe Islands Helicopter Tour
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Halifax, Canada
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“wonderful walls”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

One of my favourite places to dive is on Cozumel island, which is part of the Belize Barrier reef. So, when planning this past winter's 2-month dive trip to Belize and Honduras, I was expecting the diving to be as good as in Cozumel. Not so. Diving the Belizean reef off the islands of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Roatan, and Honduras, does not begin to compare to the diving in Cozumel. Generally the fish are small and the coral, while ever-present, is colourless, basically brown except for the mauve coloured fan coral. However, while in Caye Caulker, I dove both the Turneffe (2-tank) and Lighthouse (3-tank) atolls. The diving at both of these atolls is quite excellent (though I still prefer Cozumel). Apparently the Lighthouse atoll is preferred by most, but I enjoyed the diving at both equally. Be prepared for a long boat ride: 1-1/2 hrs to Turneffe and 2-1/2 hrs to Lighthouse from Caye Caulker (longer from Ambergris Caye). With such a long boat ride, it is important to choose a reputable dive operator with a good boat. I used Belize Diving Services in Caye Caulker and was pleased with their level of professionalism, their attention to safety, and the quality of their boat. Even with the excellent boat that BDS uses, I was glad that I brought along a pair of ear plugs.

Visited January 2014
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“Great reef for scuba or snorkelling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

We scuba dived at the southern tip of the reef at Turneffe Elbow other close by dive spots and there is much to see on the reef. Its healthy with loads of thriving marine life.

We saw sting rays, eagle rays, turtles, barracuda and moray eels.

Visited January 2014
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Caye Caulker, Belize
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“Blue Hole, Halfmoon Caye Wall and the Aquarium”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

I just got back from the Blue Hole. If you want an excellent day of diving, go to Frenchies Dive Shop on Caye Caulker and book the Blue Hole dives. You will have a great day of diving with the best dive masters on Caye Caulker. We saw sharks, turtles, moray eels, and a octopus, very cool dives!

Visited February 2014
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“So much sea life.....amazing dive trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

This was one of our locations for a dive and it was amazing! We saw the widest range of sea life...spotted eagle rays, regular rays, nurse sharks, octopus, eels, tons of tropical fish, wide variety of coral. The visibility was out of this world! I definitely recommend a dive trip here....or even snorkle!

Visited January 2014
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“Best diving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

For my money, Turneffe is the best dive trip from either Caye Caulker or Ambergris. I've been to Belize 8 times, and its consistently the best

Visited November 2013
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