We went to Turneffe Flats to scuba dive the atoll (no fishing). From some reviews we read, we didn't have high expectations for the resort itself. I can say that TF was quite a wonderful surprise.The grounds are perfectly kept, there is a great deal of privacy in the lodging, and the 'great room' for dining, internet, etc. is the hub that connects all the guests and the staff. The owners were off-site during our stay - the managing couple ran the operation flawlessly.
The food really surpassed our expectations - quite the variety, excellent quality, and enough to satisfy everyone at every meal. Each guest picks their lunch in the evening, and it is sent off with the boats in the morning. Snacks and drinks are packed as well - it's a great system. During our stay, everyone 'swapped' shared tables several evenings so we could enjoy the diverse company. Many staff members dine with the guests, so your daily adventures can continue over a great meal.
We had the misfortune to have a tropical storm/pending hurricane affect the visibility, waves and accessibility of the usual dive sites for the bulk or our week- including one whole day spent hunkered with all the fishing guests in the great room. Even with these adverse conditions, we still found great sites to dive every day we hit the water. Lionfish have arrived; a portion of each dive time is spent eradicating these invasive fish. We were fortunate enough to bag a good number of larger specimens which were cooked up as an appetizer. They were simply delicious! It is best to have 6 or more divers on the resort, in order to support the use of the larger dive boat. The smaller boat is less sheltered and a bit tighter on space. We totaled 5 divers, and opted to pay a bit extra to cover the fuel to use the larger boat (due to the wind, waves, etc, it was far more comfortable). The dive staff took care of rinsing dive gear, set-up and changing tanks between dives - they did a perfect job and were careful with diver's gear.
What did we wish we knew before we went? Bring a few layers, a light jacket, or a T with long-sleeves. Even without the storm, the wind can be high and it gets chilly. If you can shop for wine in Belize City before catching the transfer boat, it can save you a few dollars if you drink quickly. Great wine is available at the lodge; not unreasonable prices but higher than packing your own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be Pampered in Paradise! Turneffe Flats has long been recognized as one of Belize's premier saltwater fly fishing, SCUBA diving and marine eco-tourism destinations. Located on the incredibly beautiful Turneffe Atoll, we specialize in superior service for a limited number of guests. Awaken in your air-conditioned beachfront cabana to a tropical Caribbean seascape, expansive bonefish flats, and surf breaking over the reef. We are ideally located to enjoy Turneffe's 250 square miles of world-class fishing flats, coral reefs and rich marine life. At Turneffe Flats we offer guests unparalleled guiding and service, along with the freedom to fish and dive the entire Turneffe Atoll at the best sites. Additionally, our unique Atoll Adventure program is a fantastic option for families and couples. This renowned program offers daily guided snorkeling, wildlife sightseeing, and eco-tours that are both fun and educational for everyone! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Turneffe Flats Hotel Turneffe Islands
- Turneffe Flats Islands
- Turneffe Flats Hotel Islands