Turneffe Island Lodge

Forty miles off the coast of mainland Belize, the more than 200 mangrove islands of Turneffe Atoll have long been a Caribbean wonderland for divers, snorkelers and anglers. And for more than 40 years, Turneffe Island Resort — splendidly isolated on its own 14-acre private island — has welcomed adventure travelers.

Surrounded by a healthy and diverse marine ecosystem that ranges from the smallest blennies and gobies to the largest pelagics, Turneffe Island Lodge is ideally situated on the 160-mile-long Great Maya Reef. More than 70 dive sites await less than one mile from the resort's dock. The lodge is also ideally suited for day trips to the world-renowned Belize Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef.

Yet the lodge is far, far more than just a convenient home base. Every room has an ocean view. Your day starts with early morning coffee or tea via room service and ends with a bed that has been turned down for you. Rooms are appointed with touches of mahogany and with teak floors, ceilings and walls, equipped with both indoor and outdoor showers, one queen-size or two single beds (kings are available in the upgraded private cabanas), air conditioning, ceiling fans and large screened

1. Pool and oceanside lounging 2. A beachfront cabana 3. Interior of cabana windows. You'll never hear a television or a ringing phone because those have been thoughtfully excluded, and to ensure that you fully enjoy the serenity of a private island, Turneffe Island Lodge accommodates a maximum of only 38 guests at any one time.

All packages include three delicious Belizean/American meals a day, and complimentary transportation is provided between the mainland and the island on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Spectacular diving on the largest barrier reef north of the equator, pristine waters, swaying palms on your very own white-sand beach —Turneffe Island Lodge delivers an authentic Caribbean experience that just can't be duplicated anywhere else. If you want world-class diving plus a private getaway with peaceful days — and nights

1. Pool and oceanside lounging 2. A beachfront cabana 3. Interior of cabana under the stars — this beautiful divers' and anglers' resort is the getaway that you've been searching for.

Accommodations: Eight private beachfront cabanas, four duplex rooms and eight newly renovated lodge rooms with wood interiors and screened porches

Amenities: Three 25-foot dive skiffs, maximum of 10 divers each; one 46-foot dive boat for Lighthouse Reef dives, including the Blue Hole; nitrox; full PADI instruction; gift shop; convenience store Contact Information: Toll-free: 800-874-0118; tel.: 713-236-7739; fax: 713-236-7743; website: turneffelodge.com; e-mail: [email protected]

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