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Vkkesu
01/01/2016, 09:36 AM
We used to dive but due to my husbands ear surgeries he can no longer handle the pressure of diving or the risk. We do still love to snorkel and try to find areas that are right of the beach (don't want to spend money on taking boats out to spots every day). All we do is hang at beach and snorkel.

Hard to find those little hidden gems that don't two days to get to since we are coming from USA and non-stop flights are a thing of the past. We loved Aruba (a lot of places off beach) and cool hikes and plan on going back.

Any others off beach area you suggest?

liverock
01/01/2016, 09:39 AM
www.itzalodge.com

Ron Reefman
01/02/2016, 04:23 AM
liverock, have you been to this resort? I'd love to hear your opinions on the place, especially if you went there to snorkel rather than dive. I did some snorkeling at Laughingbird Caye National Park of the coast of Belize a few years ago and had a great time. I'd love to go back and do some more. Probably happen as soon as my wife retires in a couple of years!

Vkkesu check out this thread: http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2511350

Where in the world do you live?

Zeuslr
01/02/2016, 05:25 AM
Bonaire has great snorkeling.

flananuts
01/02/2016, 05:28 AM
The barrier reef of Belize is insane. Loads of great snorkeling. My wife can't equalize ear pressure so we don't dive.

C.Eymann
01/02/2016, 05:36 AM
I second lighthouse reef, I remember hearing about that resort from other divers when staying on ambergris caye, I have dove light house reef and the blue hole a few times and the in-between surface time was always spent eating lunch and snorkeling, it was pretty sweet, lots of big Acropora palmata stands and dense thickets of cervicornis. which are key signs of really healthy Caribbean reefs.
there was a place in turks and caicos called coral gardens where the reef started about 30ft off shore that was great as well, but I heard a Beaches resort was built a ways down the beach from it and it's kinda declined subsequently, still worth checking out though.

G_Sanab922
01/06/2016, 09:51 AM
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. They had some great off the beach snorkeling reefs that are protected. So much life there when I went!

liverock
01/06/2016, 10:00 AM
The neat thing about Itza....is it is a private island almost fifty miles offshore of Belize city. When you go there....is a real private island feeling...no development...nobody on the beach trying to sell you something...you can snorkel right off the beach in front of the lodge and get lobster and conch and fish for dinner. The blue hole is just a few miles off the end of the dock. Dive the blue hole and be back on Long Caye for lunch...long before the cattle boats even get out there, as it is a two to three hour run for them from Belize city......and about a fifteen minute trip for you...... No where else like it on the planet.




I second lighthouse reef, I remember hearing about that resort from other divers when staying on ambergris caye, I have dove light house reef and the blue hole a few times and the in-between surface time was always spent eating lunch and snorkeling, it was pretty sweet, lots of big Acropora palmata stands and dense thickets of cervicornis. which are key signs of really healthy Caribbean reefs.
there was a place in turks and caicos called coral gardens where the reef started about 30ft off shore that was great as well, but I heard a Beaches resort was built a ways down the beach from it and it's kinda declined subsequently, still worth checking out though.

indyjaco
01/06/2016, 10:30 AM
We are looking at St John. Supposed to have good snorkeling

liverock
01/06/2016, 11:08 AM
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. They had some great off the beach snorkeling reefs that are protected. So much life there when I went!

Yup...that roped off area just off the beach down from sandals....think of that times 50 square miles....and you get Lighthouse reef!

C.Eymann
01/06/2016, 11:18 AM
Yup...that roped off area just off the beach down from sandals....think of that times 50 square miles....and you get Lighthouse reef!

I snorkeled that reef back in the 90's before there was any development but the white house that is now next to the coral gardens resort that is right in front of the reef, it was amazing ! I have revisted it throughout my life and have witnessed it's decline. the last time I went was in 2006, and that was right after the Sandals resort was built, it was a sad sight.

indyjaco
01/07/2016, 12:33 PM
liverock,

Any other info for snorkelers on Itza?

G_Sanab922
01/07/2016, 12:59 PM
Yup...that roped off area just off the beach down from sandals....think of that times 50 square miles....and you get Lighthouse reef!



I looked at it and it looks great. Was seeing that the boat ride there is $250 per person round trip, what does the per night look like?

liverock,

Any other info for snorkelers on Itza?

Looks like they have packages for snorkelers on their website

liverock
01/07/2016, 01:17 PM
liverock,

Any other info for snorkelers on Itza?

Best to contact them directly...always specials going on...ask for Ann Marie....

and it is a US # that rings on the island....telephone is your friend!

I installed satellite internet via Skycasters.....the island is a hot spot!

indyjaco
01/07/2016, 02:15 PM
Here is the quote I received for Itza to help others:

I am listing our 7-Night Snorkel Package in our 3 room categories here below.

Our rates DO include our all-inclusive Dining Plan, Roundtrip Boat Transfer to and from Long Caye and Belize City, Roundtrip Ground Transfer to and from the Princess Marina and the International Airport.

7-NIGHT SNORKEL PACKAGE - Includes 6 snorkel excursions. Park fees and equipment rental are not included.
Sky Level Room (w/ private bthrm) - 7 nights - Double Occupancy - US$1542.50 per person.
Beach Level Room (w/ private bthrm) - 7 nights - Double Occupancy - US$1437.50 per person.
Seawing Room (shared bthrm) - 7 nights - Double Occupancy - US$1192.50 per person.

Please note these rates are per person for double occupancy.

Hotel tax of 9% on room charges, sales tax of 12.5% on all other charges will be applied to these package prices.

Ron Reefman
01/08/2016, 04:55 AM
Does Lighthouse Reef Atoll have more than just the Itza Lodge on it?
Do divers and snorkelers go out on the same boat and to the same place on the reef?
It sounds like a cool place and the prices aren't too bad either. On Trip Adviser there were 31 reviews, 25 are 5 star and 3 more are 4 star!

G_Sanab922
01/08/2016, 12:06 PM
Here is the quote I received for Itza to help others:

I am listing our 7-Night Snorkel Package in our 3 room categories here below.

Our rates DO include our all-inclusive Dining Plan, Roundtrip Boat Transfer to and from Long Caye and Belize City, Roundtrip Ground Transfer to and from the Princess Marina and the International Airport.

7-NIGHT SNORKEL PACKAGE - Includes 6 snorkel excursions. Park fees and equipment rental are not included.
Sky Level Room (w/ private bthrm) - 7 nights - Double Occupancy - US$1542.50 per person.
Beach Level Room (w/ private bthrm) - 7 nights - Double Occupancy - US$1437.50 per person.
Seawing Room (shared bthrm) - 7 nights - Double Occupancy - US$1192.50 per person.

Please note these rates are per person for double occupancy.

Hotel tax of 9% on room charges, sales tax of 12.5% on all other charges will be applied to these package prices.

if it includes all that then yea that's a decent price.

liverock
01/13/2016, 07:17 AM
Does Lighthouse Reef Atoll have more than just the Itza Lodge on it?
Do divers and snorkelers go out on the same boat and to the same place on the reef?
It sounds like a cool place and the prices aren't too bad either. On Trip Adviser there were 31 reviews, 25 are 5 star and 3 more are 4 star!

Yup....
Birds...iguanas.....land crabs...coconut palms....mangroves.... and saltwater crocodiles......

no boat needed to snorkel...reef is just off the beach....google earth it...

C.Eymann
01/13/2016, 07:26 AM
Also if planning a trip to belize/lighthouse reef, try to squeeze in a few days at an ecolodge on the mainland it's a pretty cool experience too add to the trip. Also, definitely try one barrel rum, even if you are not a rum fan, it's simply delicious. I'm not sure if light house reef area is affected as bad as I didn't do the blue hole this summer but there was a big sargassum algae detachment event going on when I was on ambergris caye they said happens every 15-20yrs and they said it usually lasts a year or so. Beaches were full of rotting piles of the stuff.

hhughes
02/06/2016, 08:49 AM
We went snorkeling in St. Thomas and it was pretty neat.

Redland
02/08/2016, 10:28 PM
Culebra (located between Puerto Rico and the USVI) has the best snorkeling in the eastern Caribbean IMO. Beautiful reefs, relaxed vibe and lots of sea life. However I've never been to Belize, looks like fun too.

indyjaco
02/09/2016, 04:14 PM
hhughes,

Where in st thomas did you snorkel? Anything on St john?

We will be in St John in May.

Silly clownfish
02/15/2016, 05:57 PM
St. John, USVi has good snorkeling from shore from many of its beaches. This is our favorite for everything on one island and its easy to get to from the east coast via St. thomas. It is definitely worth doing a day trip to snorkel Norman Island, the Caves, and the Indians. Several outifts do this trip from several islands in the VI and then end up at Jost Van Dyke for painkillers at the Soggy Dollar. If you are staying on just one island in the VI, I recommend St. John. Stay in Cruz Bay, we love Garden by the Sea for lodging.

In BVI, Anageda has good snorkling from the north shore, but Anageda is hard to get to.

Caicos (never stayed on Turks) had good snorkeling, but the best was from boat trips.

The out islands of the Bahamas (We've been to Exuma and Eulethera) have some good snorkeling, but I can't recall how much we did from shore.

golferbud101691
02/15/2016, 08:50 PM
bonaire for sure. Ive been to almost all of the Caribbean and it was the best for what you're talking about. Drive down the road, see a place to park, get out, suit up, and get in. It also has really deep water close by, so while the reef may not be huge, there are tons and tons of fish of all sizes.

teemee
02/16/2016, 12:54 PM
considerably further than you want to go, but when you're up for a bigger adventure, the snorkelling in front of Two Fish divers in Bunaken, North Sulawesi Indonesia is possibly the best I've seen anywhere in the world, and I've been all over the Indo Pacific. I would spend hours snorkelling between dives, also looking for Dugong (others saw them while I was there, but I wasn't so lucky)-their house reef is phenomenal. Lots of other nice places to snorkel that would be within walking distance if you didn't want to hop on the dive boat, as well.