My husband and I just returned from our trip to Belize. We stayed at Hidden Valley Inn first, then Turneffe Flats, then Victoria House. First off, you don't go to Turneffe Flats to lie in the sun or hang out on the beach. So if that's what you want, stay someplace else. You go there to dive or fish. That's it.
We chose TF because of it's proximity to the Blue Hole. Unfortunately, we were unable to dive there due to the bad weather. I believe we could have dove the Blue Hole on our 1st day quite easily easily, but the guides thought the next day might be better (but the weather was even worse). However, if your a diver this isn't such a bad thing since they have many dive sites around the island that are more protected from the open ocean. We found some sites and had a great time despite the weather above. The anglers staying there weren't so lucky.
Our divemaster was great. Very knowledgeable although he moved very slowly through the dive (quite noticeable in fact). After a while I adjusted to his pace, but at times I really wanted to at least kick my fins once :-)
The boat they use to take you from the mainland to the resort is really nice, modern and extremely comfortable. There were only 2 other divers when we stayed & due to the bad weather, we used that boat for all the dives. That part was great--everyone had room, a toilet and plenty of space to get your gear on/off etc.
The crew is amazing at the resort. Better than Victoria House actually. They really do make you feel at home and part of their family. The anglers praised their boat/fishing guides. And, of course, we praised our dive masters. One thing we all agreed on is that the food was GREAT and Kani and Justine make the best Pina Colada's in Belize. Typical menu's ranged from lobster tails, filet mignon, with salads, rolls, mashed potatoes, veggie's, red or white wine + desert/coffee. You definately will not starve there.
One thing to note: Turneffe is covered in mangroves. And when you have mangroves----you have bugs. It's such a shame because it's a lovely resort but we had to run from our cabana to the main house or else bugs would eat you alive (and yes I had about 3 different bug repellents, DEET etc with me!). When the storm kicked up, you could walk there as the wind kept the bugs at bay. But, when it was still---Watch out---the no see-ums would cover you in a second. Bites galore. When your on the water though, you won't find any bugs.
Finally, the diving we did do was great. Saw 2 huge nurse sharks on our last dive, a huge spotted eagle ray, turtle, spotted moray, green moray, lobster, crab, conche (abundant there), blue tangs, blue chromis, yellowtail, snapper, grouper, parrotfish, yellow stingray, tons of perfectly in-tact gregorian fans, purple and yellow sponges (huge) + lots of coral. Can't go wrong with the diving. Highly recommend it.
- 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