Has Anyone Been Snorkeling at Turneffe Island Belize?

by David Gottlieb

I am thinking of trying Turneffe Island Resort, Belize for snorkeling. I have been to Glovers Reef twice and loved it. I am wondering if anyone out there has recently been to this resort for a snorkeling trip. I would be going probably February or March.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Aug 22, 2017
Turneffe Island Resort
by: Erin

We stayed a week at Turneffe Island Resort in 2013 and loved it.

The reefs were very healthy, close by (10 mins by boat), shallow and teeming with life. We snorkeled 2-3 times per day (and once at night), and never the same place twice. We came across 2 dolphins, octopus, rays, Hawksbill Turtles, and just missed a manatee. Our guide caught destructive lion fish and fed it to the American Crocodiles that live in the mangroves (away from the reefs & the resort).

We did the day trip to snorkel the Blue Hole, and preferred snorkeling at Lighthouse Atoll (where you picnic on the way back).

We haven't been to Glovers Reef, but for us Turneffe came a close third after Fiji and Hawaii.

It's a quiet resort with not much else to do but snorkel, dive, fish, or relax.

You can see my photo album here.

Hope this helps!

Sep 21, 2017
Snorkelers Treated Well
by: Jan

I have been to Turneffe Island Resort several times and although I have only been diving, I will add that snorkelers are very well treated at the resort. You will not be expected to snorkel at the same location as the divers - they will take you separately to better spots for snorkelers.

Sep 21, 2017
Turneffe trip
by: Jeff

We were there in 2013. The staff treated us extremely well and the food was quite good.

Be aware you are out in the ocean some way so trips to the mainland don't happen. Bring plenty of entertainment/books as there is not a great deal to do when you're not out on the water.

There were only 12 guests when we were there, evenly split between divers and snorkelers. The divers caught lionfish which the staff made into ceviche.

All snorkels are by small boat except for the Blue Hole trip where you go with the divers.

We went out 2-3 times a day. Saw a great variety of fish and coral.

May 20, 2020
Group Trip Option
by: Nicole & Galen

Our trip partner is offering an organized group snorkeling trip to Turneffe Island Resort. Looks like they visit some very healthy reefs by small boat daily.

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