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Atoll Adventurer S Comments - Turneffe Flats Belize

Read what other snorkeling enthusiasts are saying about their experience with our adventure guides here at Turneffe Flats.





"7 Days of snorkeling paradise! This was our 4th time at Turneffe Flats. We have stayed at two other resorts in Belize and we feel that Turneffe Flats is the best and thus are return trips there. Please look at my previous reviews, as I will not try to duplicate.

What I would like to focus on is the consistent quality of the resort. This consistency is reflected in the staff, operations, management and facilities they all are top notch. Craig and Karen Hayes the owners have not been content on maintaining but have been upgrading every year. It is fun to see what new changes have happened since our last visit. Just some of the upgrades are the electrical grid, sea wall, landscaping, decks, etc.

We are snorkelers and go to Turneffe Flats for their dedicated snorkeling operation. It is heaven spending the day in a custom snorkel boat with just snorkelers’ aboard. Abel is the snorkeling guide and simply he is the best guide above and below the water. His video and still photography skills are very good as well. He gladly shares his knowledge with all young and old, beginners and seasoned. A highlight of the trip is before dinner each night; Abel will give a slide show on the big TV screen of all the pictures/video of the day and answer any questions you may have. He even quizzes us – all in fun!

What also is a great comfort is in making the reservations with Nick or others - everything will be taken care of with no problems and no worries they make it happen. Basically just show up and they take care of the rest – my kind of travel. If you are planning any side trips or additional stays definitely let them do it for you!

At least half the guests staying that week were repeat visitors. That says it all. Turneffe flats is a wonderful almost magical place we hope to be back as soon as we can!"
- Kevin & Karen G., May 2016

"Turneffe Flats is the best! I love everything about this place! The boat trip to get there, the accommodations, the food, but mostly the people! The entire staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. The snorkeling trips can't be beat. You will see the most amazing sea life. It's the perfect place to decompress. won't regret it!"
- Jill S., March 2016

"Visited here last year and loved it so much we brought the family this year. 
We do the adventure package, snorkeling and the night walk. 
Our snorkel guide Abel is fantastic, he knows every fish and all of the corals. 
Very patient with the kids and timid swimmers. 
The food is very good, served family style."
- June J,. March 2016

"Wonderful service in the middle of aquamarine waters - This was a wonderful place for our family vacation. Guides were knowledgable and attentive to our children, who learned about marine life and enjoyed its beauty. Food was unexpectedly very good. We can't wait to come again!"
Stacy R., January 2016

"Nothing less than fabulous! We visited Turneffe Flats for one week in September 2015. We Loved the entire vacation, from the snorkeling, to the fabulous fishing, food, and the really wonderful Lodge Owners Karen and Craig. I cannot think of a thing I would change. From the arrival at the airport you are handled with care and shuttled off by boat to this very lovely location in a very special place. This is a location to be cherished on this planet and one feels rather lucky to have had the experience of going. We hope to return in the not too distant future. Perfect vacation from start to finish! No need to waffle on this one."
- Kathy K., September 2015

"Trip of a lifetime. If you want to fish, snorkel or dive in the most beautiful location on the planet, this is it. Wonderful accommodations too - air conditioning, nice shower. Lovely staff and the food was great. Guides are knowledgeable. We're already talking about our next visit there."
- John H., October 2014

"We spent 5 days at Turneffe Flats, and had an amazing trip that we will always remember. Our family -- 2 adults and 2 kids aged 10 and 8 -- signed up for the Atoll Adventure package, and we will be forever grateful that we found this fantastic resort. The accommodations we got were large, comfortable, and air conditioned with lots of room--separate bedrooms, kitchen, living room. The lodge had a nice restaurant with lovely, fresh meals, and the kids really enjoyed playing in the infinity pool for hours while I relaxed in a chair in the ocean breeze and watched them. The staff was very helpful and friendly, and we enjoyed talking to the owners and guests every night during the intimate dinners. But the absolute highlight of the trip was snorkeling with Abel. We have been on many snorkeling trips before we had kids and after, and we have never encountered a guide as amazing as Abel. We had a private tour almost every day with him, and we spent nearly 4 hours snorkeling each day in one fabulous location after another. The coral life was gorgeous and we saw many, many animals that delighted our kids. Abel didn't just take us to the locations, however. He constantly interacted with us by carefully pointing out one thing after another (and in the evenings, showed us a video of our day to recap and to teach us about all the underwater life we saw by using his excellent photographs that he gifted to us) and he would free dive down and hunt along the bottom and amidst the coral to find more and more exciting things to show us. He can hold his breath for an unbelievably long time, and he is an outstanding snorkeler! He kept the kids constantly entertained by coming up with little games for them to play underwater, and by fueling their passion to spot the best fish and coral possible. We saw so many giant and small rays at each locations, and a lot of other underwater life as well. The kids are begging to go back, and I hope we someday will because this is certainly a place unlike any other."
- SV, August 2014

"I hesitate writing this review because we want to keep it to ourselves! But... it's such a wonderful resort, we want to share it with everyone. We are a group of 8 scuba divers with two in our group that do not dive. We picked Turneffe Flats because they offered Snorkel packages... What a wonderful package! The snorkel guide, Abel, was the most knowledgeable marine guide we have ever encountered. We all agreed that our snorkel people saw more than the divers... and the divers saw a lot! Dive guides were experienced and fun. Dive sites were all a very short ride from the resort with the exception of 'The Blue Hole' being a whole day trip to Half Moon Caye and Lighthouse Reef. The fishing guides were very professional, with more than half the guests at the resort being advanced fly fishermen. Everything in this resort was spotless.. boats, cabanas, pool, dining room (with the finest food we have ever experienced in an 'All Inclusive' resort. The staff was amazing.. it didn't matter where you were, if you passed a staff person, they smiled and asked how you were and could they help you with anything. Happy staff means good management. Cabanas were beautiful with big chairs on each deck, air conditioning, which we only used at night. There was a breeze during the day. The boat ride from Belize City to Turneffe Flats was beautiful. We were treated like royalty the entire week. When the breeze died down, we were urged to use insect repellent, which we found was very necessary... we kept our room screen and door shut and didn't have any problems. Sun is very dangerous! Bring hats and sun screen. If we could rate this resort on a one to five... we would give it a 10! To finish off a perfect week, we had a long wait for our flights. Craig & Karen, the owners, made arrangements for us to have a tour of the Mayan Ruins at AltunHa with Guide Mark..another 10 star trip. Can't say enough praise for this operation."
- Pat & Di, February 2013

"This place is incredible! First time here and I will be back again and again and again. Not only do the owners, Craig and Karen Hayes, make you feel special, the other guests add a richness that I have not found in other resorts. As the former cook for the governor of my state I can tell you that the fare served at Turneffe Flats is definitely five star. After experiencing the lodging, food, hospitality and atoll package I would rate this as a VERY reasonable, almost inexpensive, vacation package. You will be very happy if you choose this as your next vacation spot whether you are a fly fisherman, diver, love to snorkel like me or just want a time out vacation with superb food."
- Lili M., January 2013

"I want to take the opportunity to say THANKS to the entire team of Turneffe Flats. We stayed for a few days and enjoyed every minute. Our snorkel trips have been so special. Also great food was lovely prepared, I could not stop to eat and it was served more than enough. The staff is very attentive and thoughtful. The rooms are so very clean. Even the coffee was already prepared in the coffee maker, so that I just had to hit the button to smell my morning coffee ;-) Turneffe Flats is the perfect place to relax, have fun and feel good! You awake in the morning, watching the sunrise out of your bed. Stay on the veranda and let your thoughts fly. 
I’ve traveled a lot. But these days I will never forget. A very special place!"
- Petra W., October 2012

"Everything we imagined and more! It's a bit of a haul to get there but sooooo worth it. The fly fishing was awesome and our guide, Dion, was fantastic. Abel, the Atoll guide, is incredible. The food was delicious - don't miss out on the wraps for lunch. Prior to arrival we were concerned about the "closeness" of the dining experience but it turned out to be a lot of fun to socialize with everyone at dinner and hear about what everyone did that day."
- Christina G., July 2012

"Abel  [Atoll Adventure Guide] was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and the best snorkel guide I have ever seen. I learned so much and it was so much fun. He really seemed to care about making the most out of our trip. He is an asset to your lodge. 
 - Kristin T., January 2011

"Abel is excellent. We couldn't have done more or asked for anything better. He is a gem. 
 - Claudia and Paul F., December 2010

"The Atoll Adventure is a fantastic and unique offering for a fishing lodge. Abel makes the days rich in wonder, while always keeping me safe and confident. I snorkeled in areas I never would have gone to without Abel. From 3 feet of water to 70' they were fabulous snorkel trips. We saw manatee, crocodiles, birds and dolphin. Abel knew where to find them and related information and stories all day. Abelhas so much knowledge and his way with people is relaxed, educational, and confident."
 - Mary Kay H., November 2010

"We loved Abel - he is so knowledgeable!  We had a really great time!  The staff is absolutely the best!  We really did leave feeling that we made new friends."
 - Kyle and Lauren P., October 2010

"Abel is truly a special person and represents the Lodge and the Atoll with the utmost professionalism."
- Paul R., October 2010

"Abel was beyond excellent. He showed us many things we'd have never seen on our own and was enjoyable company.
 - Peter and Jeanna F., August 2010

"Fantastic!!! Abel is a great asset: pleasant, flexible, knowledgable."
 - Elizabeth S., April 2010

"Your operation is absolutely first rate and the attention to detail is obvious. Bravo! Abel (Atoll Adventure Guide) is absolutely wonderful."
- Laurie B., January 2010

"I had never snorkeled before. In fact, I don't even get my face wet in the shower. Abel coached me along with professionalism and a lot of patience. He turned apprehension into a week of enjoyment."

- Sue W., November, 2009

"My wife, Jen, absolutely loved the atoll adventure activities. Abel was able to get her snorkeling which was a feat in itself "
- Chris L., June 2008

"Very high quality service, very good food and comfortable accommodations. The Atoll Adventure is exactly what it implies - one adventure after another. The guide's knowledge made snorkeling lots of fun and exploring even richer and more rewarding"
- Chuck Schaeffer, May 2008

" Abel went above and beyond expectations. His detailed knowledge of udersea and aversea life is amazing and his attention to safety and all the needs must make him exceptional. Abel is extremely trustworthy and gifted."
 - John and Kayla F., March 2008

"T. Flats is an extremely well run operation with excellent staff and facilities/equipment. We learned a lot and really enjoyed our Atoll Adventure guide". 
- Andy and Judy B., February 2008

"Abel could have his own show the the Nature Channel. Our family learned a lot about the animals, birds, and marine life of the atoll. He is a delightful person and we were impressed with his sensitivity and diplomacy. We had a wonderful time and thank everyone at Turneffe Flats for taking such good care of us. It was an experece that Lili and our children will remember forever."

- Chris and Lili C., February 2008

"The guides capabiity as a snorkel guide was incredible. I've snorkeled the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, the Pacific and any place that I can... Abel is number 1."
 - Myrna F., February 2008

"Abel made it a very educational trip. We enjoyed him very much."
 - Carol M., February 2008