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Long Caye 161, Lighthouse Reef Atoll | PO BOX 487, Long Caye, Belize   |  
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Berkeley, California
1 review
“Highly recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Everything good written about Hurican Diving in the previous posts is still accurate. Hurican diving is located near Half Moon Caye nature preserve and for me, it was the best diving I've experienced in the Caribean, which so far, includes many trips to Cozumel, the Bay Islands in Honduras, and the Bahamas. The lodging situation is intimate, like a European style bed and breakfast. There are only, I believe, 4 guestrooms total. Service is excellent, in part because the owner, Ruth, keeps a high ratio of staff for the guests. The divemaster, Jerome, is attentive, knowledgeable, patient, professional and an overall stand-up guy. I was pleasantly surprised with the five star dive service from the boat crew: The crew loads your gear on the boat and has it all set up before every dive. Without prompting the crew assists divers with putting on and taking off their BCDs, fins etc... I would have never asked for the help with my gear , but I was secretly grateful for the extra help since I was still recovering from a back injury a few months before. If you need to rent scuba gear, the equipment was all high quality, and appeared to be almost new. On the downside, if you are not a diver there isn't a whole lot to do on Long Caye. Most all of the Island is mangrove jungle so exploring on foot is limited; however there is a resident kitesurfing instructor who offers solo and group classes, and if there ever was a place to kitesurf, this would be the place! Also there is plenty of wildlife around, and on neighboring Half Moon Key, including iguanas, parrots, frigatebirds, geckos etc...
Ruth and her entire staff were great; Attentive, friendly, easygoing and basically enjoyable to be around.
Thanks, Ruth, Jerome, CC, Jack, Basil , Giovanni for a great vacation! Cecilia and I highly recommend Hurican Diving.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This was great. we stayed 4 nights here and had a great time. The diving and snorkeling was beautiful. Diving the blue hole with only a 15 min boat ride and we were the only ones there!!

The rooms are very comfy and the bathroom is very spacious. The house itself feels like home when you are having diner or lunch on the patio. The food is very good. The cook CC does everything to make it the best. And if you have special request just ask.

Ruth the owner is very helpfull and friendly and makes her place a home for her guests. All the other staff are helpfull and know a lot about the island, ocean and the reef. You are certainly in good hands and you don't have to think of anything because all is taking care off.

And the island is more than beautiful. The feeling of being on a desert island is right in front of you! White sand, blue water, palmtrees and the feeling that you are the only one there (if you want to)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

My husband and I did the four-night, three-day dive package and loved it! Amazing diving, food, accomodations and staff. Well worth the money. Thanks Ruth, Jerome, Cici, Jack, Basil and the rest of the group for a wonderful trip!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We had a marvellous time. The rooms are phantastic and very romantic. The owner, Ruth, is very helpful und friendly. The Diving was well organized, the Divemaster, Jerome, did a great job and was very attentive. He knew the reefs very well and take great care of all the equiptment, no matter if it was from the diving center or our private stuff. Infact we didn't once have to prepare our tanks, all that was taken care of, all we had to do is jump into the water. Overall I would always come back.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Amazingly enough, everything good they write about Huracan Diving is true!
We took our chance and went to Belize in August, right in the middle of the hurricane season. Sure enough, two days before the trip started, a hurricane formed and the island had to be evacuated. Ruth, the owner, did a great job keeping us updated and was willing to adjust the schedule should the bad weather persist. Luckily for us, it did not.
Our stay at the Long Caye can be described as "dive-eat-sleep". A week of slow, simple life. All you have to do is drag your feet to the boat three times a day. The rest is up to you. The staff was very accommodating. CC, our cook, was willing to take special requests. The boat crew will help you with the gear if your scuba skills are a bit rusty. Jerome, the dive master, is knowledgeable and takes his time to explain what is to expect and how to behave. I was impressed how genuine and fun the people were on the island.
Diving is structured in a smart way where you start with less remarkable sights and then it gets more exciting as the week goes. Location can't be beat - very close to all good sites so we got there before the "cattle boats". Overall, a great place run by great people.
PS My only critic would be that the rental regulators that could not be adjusted. Try several and find the right one.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mesa, Az
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Four of us came for our annual "Big dive trip". We got a sense of Ruth's style even before we arrived. United Airlines, true to form, cancelled our flight to Belize, stranding three of us overnight in Houston. David set up a hotel for the one who got to Belize City, and tweaked the boat schedule to get all of us out to the island as quickly as possible the next day. The crew even bent the dive schedule to make up the dives we missed because of our late arrival. That's the definition of "Above and beyond", and that level of service didn't change throughout our stay.

By the way, Ruth was on holiday in Europe while we were there, so we got to see how things run when the boss is away. Everybody we saw at Huracan acted like they were the owner. They're extraordinarily good at their jobs, and they clearly take pride in doing them well.

We came for the diving, and it's really world class. One day that we did 4 dives around Half Moon Caye was the best day of diving I've ever had - that's out of 27 years of diving. It doesn't seem to matter matter what the weather is doing on the surface - if the boat can go out, the viz is great.
We dove with Jerome, who just might be the best divemaster in the world. He quickly figured out where we were skills-wise, and knew exactly how to keep us happy (and safe!) Jack and Richie handled the boat with impressive competence and total professionalism, and were endlessly helpful in getting in and out of the water. A few of us have fairly complicated camera rigs, and they handled those well, too.

Everything everyone else has said about CC is true. Her cooking is just fantastic. We had one or two "finicky eaters", and CC took it in stride. She figured out what we did and didn't like, and had no problem adjusting the menu to keep us all very well fed. From the first day, you really do feel like you're part of the family. All you have to do is ask and if it's physically possible, CC will find a way to get it for you. The whole place - public areas, guest rooms and kitchen are all kept immaculately clean.

The few negatives are the same as others have mentioned. I'm almost sure I never got bitten in the house, but the mosquitoes and sand flies rule the island outdoors. After a couple days, I got disciplined about spraying on the repellant, and that problem went away. Mid July in Belize is pretty hot and humid, and it stays that way at night. That was the only time I missed having air conditioning. Huracan is located back in the trees away from the beach, so there's not much of a breeze. There was an issue with the storage batteries while we were there, resulting in nightly intermittent power losses accompanied by the fans dying and a noisy generator starting up. I was usually so tired from diving all day that I didn't notice it too much, but I did wake up with occasional "What was that?" moments. The shower water pressure wasn't always what it should have been, but 50 miles offshore, a hot shower at all is kind of miraculous.

Bottom line, this is a truly remarkable property and Ruth has assembled a wonderful team to operate it. If you're looking for an escape from TV, phones and the whole outside world combined with the best diving you've ever seen, Huracan is tough to beat.

If we hadn't flown United, it would have been perfect.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Everything the previous reviewers have said is true. Huracan is an absolutely amazing place with unforgettable people.

My husband and I stayed at Huracan in June for 6 nights. This trip was probably the most fun we've had in a long time. Ruth and her staff at Huracan were definitely the reason for it. They made us feel like we were part of their family.

We picked Huracan because of the other great reviews and pictures (it looked cute and not too rustic for a dive resort) and the proximity to the top dives sites. The two hour boat ride was a little brutal on the way out because of the swells and rain but then we were a 5-10 minute boat ride to most of the dive sites the rest of the week. The Blue Hole was the farthest away at around 20 minutes! We also liked that the dive group was small. There were only 7 of us, which kept things very manageable. I hate diving with those huge cattle boats.

Jerome, our dive master, is top notch. Very safety-minded and great at pointing stuff out to us. He also likes to sing under water, which is very entertaining. ;) This was probably some of the best diving we've done. We thought Roatan was amazing but the diving we did on this trip, especially at Half Moon Caye, blew Roatan out of the water. We saw amazing stuff on pretty much every dive, including reef sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles, tarpon, annoying barracudas that followed us around like lost puppies, as well as a close-encounter with a pod of dolphins while we were on the dive boat after one of our dives.

Captain Jack and First Mate Richie run a very professional, tight ship but they are hilarious too and have so much heart. I love those guys. They are like Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour. I laughed so much that week with them. Just don't listen when they tell you to watch out for the blood worms on the night dive. ;)

Speaking of hilarious people, who could forget CC, our superb cook and our nightly entertainment? CC is such a character. She had us cracking up all week. She makes the best shrimp creole! And she's a hair stylist too! She's one hard-working lady but always has a smile on her face and a joke to tell and always made sure we were well-fed after our dives.

The dive resort itself is very cool. Eco-friendly yet not too rustic. The beds were very comfortable and the showers were hot, which was great after 3 dives. No A/C but we never felt too warm at night with the fans. The communal dining room is a great place to hang out during the day on a hammock with a book and becomes the center of the action during dinner.

The only issues we had on Long Caye were the mosquitoes and no see ums or sand flies. They were horrendous. It didn't help that it was rainy season, which made them worse. I literally carried a bottle of insect repellent around with me at all times and would spray the minute I got off the dive boat. But the iguanas, geckos and land crabs more than made up for the annoyance of the bloodsuckers.

Huracan is such a special place. This is no ordinary dive resort. Ruth has done such an amazing job at creating a magical place that makes you totally forget your everyday life. And she's assembled a crew that is the coolest group of people who are proud of their beautiful country and want to show you what makes Belize such a great place.

My husband and I will never forget our trip to Belize and our stay at Huracan. Thank you Ruth, Jerome, Jack, Richie, CC, David, and the rest of the crew. You all gave us one of our best vacations ever. We will never forget you guys and hope to come back and see you again. We'll bring the tequila! ;)

Sharon and Graham

P.S. They really need to do a reality show about this place. ;)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Long Caye 161, Lighthouse Reef Atoll | PO BOX 487, Long Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Long Caye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Long Caye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Huracan Diving is the only diving operation located in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll of Belize. We have a four room guest house combined with dive shop and a recently acquired private house 2 minutes' walk away on the beach, we also have a restaurant/bar. We are located only minutes away from the best diving Belize has to offer at Lighthouse Reef, Long Caye wall, Hat Caye and Half Moon wall. The famous UNESCO World Heritage site of the Great Blue Hole is just a 15 minute boat ride and the Natural Monument of Half Moon caye with its bird sanctuary and lighthouse are just a 7 minute drive. ... more   less 
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Huracan Diving Belize/Long Caye

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