Off the Wall Dive Center deserves to be in a class of it's own! We spent a total of 3 weeks in Belize, honeymooning in different spots and this is by far our favorite place. Prior to arrival, Kendra was so helpful with helping to book other lodging, explaining the best ways to travel to and from Off the Wall, and answering all my questions (even the ridiculous ones) the same day I emailed her.
The owner's are so kind and went above and beyond to make our honeymoon special. They do a great job of greeting you and giving you a tour of the island. I had asked Kendra prior to our arrival if she could get a bottle of champagne for us and it was there upon arrival, no problem. Our boat captain, Tony, was always a pleasure and our dive master, Matthew, was fun, extremely knowledgeable, and they both made us even more eager to dive this world-class spot. I did my first dive ever while taking their Discover Scuba course. Christine was my teacher. She was great and made me feel really comfortable. After the first dive, I was hooked. I ended up doing my entire PADI Open Water Diver certification at Off the Wall Dive Center. They had plenty of wetsuits to choose from (they weren't torn apart with holes in them like other places) and all of the equipment was good and made me feel safe. We saw so much marine life: turtles, Spotted Eagle rays, Southern rays, nurse sharks, moray eels, a massive Caribbean King crab, trumpet and drum fish. Christine and Matthew were awesome at showing us the marine life and very knowledgeable about the names of the fish. After we left Off the Wall we dove the Blue Hole and Half-Moon Caye from Caye Caulker and the diving was not any where close to as good. Off the Wall is truly spectacular!
The accommodations are charming as well. I've loaded a photo of our "white house." It's not frilly, but it makes you feel at home. It is a very inviting place to crawl into after a day of diving and the bed was super comfortable. It's so nice to sit out on your deck with the hammock and unwind from the hustle and bustle of modern life while enjoying the ocean view. They have a yoga deck and stargazing bed swing that we used nearly every day and night. They provide the yoga mats for you. It's so calming and enjoyable to do your yoga practice while listening to the sounds of the ocean and looking out onto the sea. The stars at night are amazing because they are so bright and seem so close. Stargazing was a romantic pastime for me and my new husband.
The showers are outdoor and warm if it is warm outside. If it's cooler outside, the staff go out of their way to heat up water for you to have a hot bucket shower after a dive. The dining and socializing areas are nicely decorated to set the right ambiance. They also have sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards for you to go out and explore. Honestly, you can spend an entire day reading and relaxing in the hammock and have a wonderful day. There are also plenty of lounge chairs for you to sun bathe on and little thatch huts for you to seek cover from the sun when you've had enough.
Therese was our cook and she was great! Every meal was tasty, home-cooked style, and delicious. The variety of food was awesome too; fish, chicken enchiladas, shrimp pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, veggies, eggs, etc. We definitely overate while we were there, but we loved it :) Fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice was always available, and they had beer ($2), sodas ($1), rum and wine for you to purchase at fair costs.
Since the day we left, we were telling other traveler's about this gem of a resort and urging them to look into it if they were into diving or relaxing. We went to Ian Anderson's Caves Branch after our visit to Off the Wall and after one day we were wishing that we had booked two weeks with Off the Wall Dive Center instead of leaving. I can't say enough great things about this place, so book your reservation without any worries!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Off The Wall Dive Center is situated on a private island in the turquoise waters of Glover's Atoll. We are a small Eco-friendly, PADI 5 star Dive Center and Resort and offer Scuba Courses, Whale Shark trips and the best diving, snorkeling and fly-fishing in Belize, as well as kayaking and stand up paddling. Or, just come to relax and enjoy our white, sandy beaches and idealistic setting for getting away from it all. Our packages include Saturday boat transportation to and from our island, 7 nights accommodations in charming, ocean front cabanas, and all your meals. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Off The Wall Dive Hotel Glovers Reef Atoll
- Off The Wall Dive Center And Resort
- Off The Wall Dive Center & Resort Belize/Glovers Reef Atoll