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“Off The Wall is Off The Hook”

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Off The Wall Dive Center & Resort
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Portland, OR
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“Off The Wall is Off The Hook”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2011

My wife and I spent a week at Off The Wall recently and could not be more impressed with the place we visited and people we met.

The resort is quite simply the best barefoot luxury, ecolodge resort that my wife and I have ever seen. The attention to detail around the resort was impressive, from the raked sand paths lined with conch shells and lit by candles at night to the clean fresh water showers. The care for the environment was evident in their conservation efforts and blissful lack of gas-powered generators (wind and solar provided electricity to the main buildings).

Comfortable hammocks, chairs and daybeds were strategically scattered throughout the resort and importantly on both sides of the island. So if the wind died down on one half of the island we had to only walk a few feet to another beautiful location and view, and throughout our stay at least one half of the island had a pleasant breeze to stay cool with. Ice cold beers and sodas were always available as was a rum cocktail and fresh fruit juice bar.

The food was perhaps the biggest surprise. We have traveled extensively throughout Central America and the Caribbean, and although we have enjoyed most of the places we have visited, the food has often not lived up to our experiences in other regions of the world (for eg. Europe and Asia). But not at Off The Wall. Our cook Therese was a food goddess! Every meal was a new amazing set of dishes that mixed the flavors of Belize Caribbean and Creole cuisine. We had 21 different meals during our stay, and all of the were delicious. That this happened in an island in the middle of the ocean is truly remarkable, especially when I think of the number of disappointing, expensive meals I've had in the States.

Perhaps the most amazing thing is they did all of this without even bragging about it. So many places advertise themselves as ecotourism and luxurious, and then fail to deliver. Off The Wall was the opposite, preferring to "under-promise and over-deliver". Wow. Lucky for the traveler who stays with them!

Everyone at the resort was friendly and seemed genuinely happy. The owners Kendra and Jim are nice, caring people who treated us not as paying customers but as guests in their home. They are among the most gracious hosts we have ever met, and shared both incredible and entertaining stories about themselves and their island. The dive instructor Doreth was patient and calming, and our dive master Matthew was talented and fun to dive with. Even the boat captain Tony and the night watchman Mario impressed, and we'd like to thank them all.

And I said all of the above before even getting to the best part: the location. Glovers Reef lived up to its hype and more. The waters were clear and warm. The reef was completely alive, the healthiest we've ever seen. The variety of coral and fish was stunning, and we had notable sightings up close on almost every dive and snorkel. The list includes: dolphins, hawksbill sea turtles (which apparently nest on the island), spotted eagle rays (up to 8 ft wide) and sting rays, giant (6 ft) barracuda, octopus, nurse shark, goliath grouper (~400 lb!), and numerous lobsters larger than anything we'd ever even seen on television. I've dove in a half a dozen countries and this was easily the best place I've ever seen. Perhaps my best advice would be to buy and bring an underwater camera, I know I wish I had. As an added bonus, a school of bonefish live in the calm waters on the leeward side of the island. Jim has a rod to borrow, and I even caught a bonefish on my first cast from shore which was quite fun. There are also sea kayaks and a stand-up paddle board available for guests to use.

For clarity (as it was a little confusing to me when I started looking online at places in Belize), Off The Wall and Slickrock are neighbors on the same island of Long Caye. Their relationship seems very good, and we got to know some of the people down the beach over the week we were there. Slickrock has a beach volleyball court and the staff at Off The Wall would often play in the sunset games. We were welcome to join, and did once, which was quite fun. We also considered staying with Slickrock and their guests seemed very happy. Some differences we noticed were that Slickrock is much larger and more focused on sea kayaking, wind-surfing and kiteboarding. Off The Wall has room for only 10 guests and is primarily a snorkel and dive operation. Our outside impression was that the attention to detail was bit better at Off The Wall, from the location and quality of hammocks and chairs to having fresh water instead of well water showers.

We don't have any criticism of Off The Wall worth mentioning. The price is definitely not cheap, but at Off The Wall you get what you pay for. Quite simply, we give Off The Wall our highest recommendation.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2011

I don't even know where to begin - I spent two weeks in Belize, and only one at Off The Wall - huge mistake!!! I can't wait to come back!!! The accommodations are slightly rustic (outdoor showers, open cabins), but in a way that is so charming and perfect for the surroundings. The staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful - they really made me feel at home, especially as a solo traveler. Kendra and Jim are the most warm, friendly hosts you could possibly hope for.

The diving was excellent, and the divemaster & instructor were both professional while still being relaxed. The food was great (especially the homemade bread!) which is saying a lot coming from a picky eater such as me.

All in all, wonderful atmosphere, very peaceful and relaxing, and I will definitely come back. Worth every penny.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2011

Although we did not stay at Off the Wall, we had the pleasure of diving with the Centre on Long Caye Island. Simply put, the dive center is unprecedented. In a world where money is often the bottom line and you read countless stories of people with no experience being taken on dives of 100 ft or more.... you can be assured you are in great hands with Off the Wall. They do not compromise safety standards... and rightly, and happily so. I don't think you could ask for a better divemaster than Bev... she was trusted with the safety of 2 of my young children, and i was confident they were in good hands. Despite my son, who is only 9, desire to dive deeper, they kept to the rules, and gave him an experience that has hooked him for life. Bev was extremely attentive to my 12y old on her first dive experience ever... she didn't put her on a trip with 12 other people, but made another trip with only 4, and she kept with her the WHOLE time! Definate peace of mind from a mother's point of view. We are hopeful to get back to Long Caye someday and all partake in the dive shop's experience. The diving itself is AMAZING.. beautiful, abundant high quality marine life and lots of different diving locations close by. Thanks so much for this amazing opportunity and opening our eyes to a whole new world!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2011

We came to spend one week, could not leave! Off The Wall is immersion in all that is incredible about a healthy reef and life on its edge. Close the door on the pollution in your daily life and embrace the joyous cycle of life that surrounds you here. Diving, eating, snorkeling, learning, swimming, sleeping, kayaking, eating-all of it just gets better with every day you spend in the rhythm of the reef. Jim and Kendra have crafted a home and a family of a dive team so that you are safe and free to explore the shallows and the depths, the profound pleasures that the sea brings to your shore each day.
Once you've been, this is a place to return to, in your mind and to SPLASH again!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2011

Words can not describe the beauty and enchantment of this little island. The staff is absolutely amazing, from the cook to the dive masters everyone makes you feel right at home. The food was exceptional, the dives rivaled the best in the world, the owners Jim and Kendra make you feel like your part of the family. Even Ocho the cat was intent on making you feel welcome. Definitely plan on returning.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2011

Off The Wall is wonderful. The staff, the accomodations, the food, the diving, the snorkeling...is all fantastic.

You stay in adorable litttle cottages that all have a perfect ocean view and a hammock on the porch. The food is Belizean, with lots of freshly caught fish. The diving is easy, warm, and beautiful. The snorkeling is right off the beach on either side of the island.

Peace and quiet in a beautiful place where the staff make you feel like family.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2011

This was our second trip to Long Caye on Glover's reef and the return trip exceeded our expectations. Jim and Kendra are incredible hosts and that is a very powerful element for a island getaway where guests and staff number just 14 for a one week stay.
The diving is unparralled for carribean reef diving with unlimited dive locations and incredible visibility and average water temperatures of 82 degress F. The snorkeling was also incredible - again an unlimited supply of patch reefs at a depth of 5 - 25 feet.
To top it all off the food was top notch. Three square meals a day all served at the correct time cuisine is a mix of local Belizian fare with a touch of southern USA thrown in for good measure. The combination of mains and deserts never left anyone wanting at the dinner table.
If you are looking for an island getaway you can't beat the experience on this island and I have never seen a vacation that provided as much bang for the buck.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Off The Wall Dive Center & Resort
Address: Long Caye, Glovers Reef Atoll, Belize
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Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Glovers Reef Atoll
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Glovers Reef Atoll
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Off The Wall Dive Center is situated on a private island in the turquoise waters of Glover's Atoll. We are a small Eco-friendly, PADI 5 star Dive Center and Resort and offer Scuba Courses, Whale Shark trips and the best diving, snorkeling and fly-fishing in Belize, as well as kayaking and stand up paddling. Or, just come to relax and enjoy our white, sandy beaches and idealistic setting for getting away from it all. Our packages include Saturday boat transportation to and from our island, 7 nights accommodations in charming, ocean front cabanas, and all your meals. ... more   less 
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