He likes diving, you like snorkeling, you'll both love Turneffe Island Lodge (TIL) in Belize. The second largest barrier reef in the world is just off the coast of Central America.
Turneffe Island Lodge is FANTASTIC! If you've read terrible vacation stories about Belize, those people didn't stay at Turneffe Island Lodge.
Our favorite adventurous vacation to date, was hosted by Turneffe Island Lodge (TIL), located 30 miles east off the coast of Belize (Central America), just inside the southern tip of the Turneffe Atoll on “Little Caye (key) Bokel”. A privately owned caye only 12 - 14 acres, with a staff of 35 entertaining a maximum of 38 guests at one time.
Forget waiting in lines, sign up sheets, cancellations due to rough water, and bumping into other resort groups in the water, you’ll feel like you’re the only one in the water with your guide. They have a Diving Package, Snorkeling Package, and Fishing Package, everyone wins here!
TIL picked us up at the Belize City International Airport and took us via van, to the Princess Marina (short trip), where their sparkling clean 48' yacht, Miss Rama, traveled a quick 1 hour and 20 minutes to their caye.
Upon arrival, greeting us at their beautiful white dock, they immediately escorted us to our incredibly impressive Belizean mahogany cabana right on the beach. It was extremely clean (and I'm a clean/freak), comfortable king bed, cozy seating area for 5, secure (we didn't lock our doors), with a beautiful up-to-date bathroom, screened in front porch, incredible screened in outdoor shower on back porch, plenty of hot water, no sand fleas, guided snorkeling excursions twice a day to fantastic sites (70 sites less than 1 mile from shore), filled with colorful tropical fish, wild dolphin swimming just off the pier in front of our cabana, thermos of hot beverages delivered to our door step at 6:30 a.m., 5 star food (chef is on her 3rd cookbook), delicious drinking water right out of the tap, catering to only 38 guests at a time.
Also included in our Beachcomber Package was a full-day guided snorkeling trip to the Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, and Long Caye (incredible)!
Other guests with a Dive Package and/or Fishing Package had just as much fun!
This Saturday to Saturday all-inclusive beachcomber package in a private cabana was only $4,900 (without airfare). We stayed during the end of May/beginning of June. Weather and water was PERFECT! Check out their web site www.turneffelodge.com for current rates.
We’re having trouble looking for the same resort in other parts of the Caribbean and not having luck. They spoiled us. If anyone can tell us of a similar snorkeling resort plan, please let us know, we haven't found one yet.