We have just booked a return trip to TIR. Last March, we travelled there with friends, for a week of diving. Almost everything about this place is perfect, assuming you are looking for a quiet, isolated location with superb diving.
The Lodge itself is beautifully kept, if not a little rustic. Fancy, it isn't, but the rooms are clean and bright, finished with local materials, and all have an unobstructed views of the ocean. The food here is somewhat basic, but very good, and plentiful. The dining room is set with a number of communal tables of various sizes, so it's a great place to meet and chat with your fellow travellers.
The diving here is interesting. The reefs start at moderate depths, generally around 50' or so, and most sites bottom out at 100' plus Some walls are considerably deeper. If you are nitrox certified, I would recommend diving it right from the beginning as nitrogen tends to rack up quickly. Because of the resort's isolated location, safety needs to be a priority. This is the diving equivalent of heli-skiing... a "private" massive reef with no one else around. The week we were there, I think that there was only about 12 divers in total!
Over the course of the week, we consistently saw huge schools of fish, eagle rays and turtles. The reefs seemed to be very healthy and were superior to those we have seen in other places. Almost all dives were drift dives and very relaxed. Diving was conducted from two small boats, and we returned to the lodge between dives.
If we had any complaint at all, it is that there is a bit of an "emphasis" to tip and tip well... to everyone on the staff. Our fellow guests agreed that this was a little odd, in that we all generally tip the staff that we have direct contact with and as a way of recognizing great service. We all agreed that to tip unseen staff was a little unusual... It was almost as if the owners felt it was up to us to pay the staff directly!
All in all, we loved this place. As I mentioned, we are returning again this winter with some different friends!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Turneffe Island Hotel Turneffe Islands
- Turneffe Island Lodge