Atoll Adventurers' Comments - Turneffe Flats Belize
Read what other snorkeling enthusiasts are saying about their experience with our adventure guides here at Turneffe Flats.
ATOLL ADVENTURER'S COMMENTS
So Lovely and Comfortable
I loved waking up to the sounds of the birds every morning. All of the staff are kind, friendly, and helpful. Meeting people from around the world made the trip memorable. The food was amazing and the snorkeling indescribable!! Abel is the most knowledgeable and fun guide who taught me so much about the incredible creatures living in the reef. I will cherish my time at Turneffe Flats.
- Carol H. April 2019
This is by far some of the best snorkeling we've ever enjoyed. Abel Coe, the guide, is so skilled and knowledgeable and his enthusiasm is contagious. The entire staff couldn't be nicer and create a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere for their guests.
- Garry and Debra G. March 2019
Home Away from Home
My husband and I have been traveling to Turneffe Flats for years now and we enjoy it every time! My husband is an avid fly fisherman and I just enjoy the beauty, the snorkeling and the pool. Wonderful staff and accommodations!
- Dave and Laura D. March 2019
Outstanding fishing and snorkeling - I don't know how you beat this place. Truly great food, lodging and service. The small number of guests at one time is a major plus.
- Whitney D. December 2018
A New Standard in Accommodations and Service
We went back to Belize to dive and discovered Turneffe Flats. Wow! The resort is impressive - from the moment you clear Customs/Immigration at the airport and are met by their representative, driven to the dock for the boat ride aboard a clean, large enclosed boat, to landing at the resort and whisked up to the lodge for a welcoming rum punch and appetizers before dinner. The staff are numerous and welcoming. Service is not lip service, it is in everything they do, from breakfast, to lunch orders to dinner and any demands/expectations you may have during your stay. The grounds are meticulously kept - the sand is raked. There are no plastic bottles on the shore lines, or weeds washing up and rotting. The docks are well maintained. The villas are beautiful, with a refrigerator/freezer and cold water, as well as a coffee maker loaded and ready to be turned on in the morning. Meals were wonderful. Fairly conventional, with a little Belizean flair. Exceptional people and it shows. Craig and Karen are tremendous hosts. We will be back.
- Kip L. December 2018
Another Great Visit
This was our second visit to Turneffe Flats and won't be our last. I go to fly fish, but the real attraction is the Atoll Adventure Program for my wife. She is not one to sit on the veranda while I fish, so the daily opportunities to snorkel or enjoy other nature-related excursions makes TF an ideal destination for us. Conservation is an important objective of the business; staff are friendly and informed. Above all, the Turneffe Atoll is a very special place in a world where special places are disappearing.
- David C. December 2018
Best Snorkeling on the Planet, Amazing Sport Fishing with Knowledgeable Guides
We have been to Turneffe Flats Lodge 3 times and love it! Thirty miles off of the coast of Belize and near the Blue Hole, this place has fabulous staff, service, and especially knowledgeable guides for ecotours, snorkeling, diving and fishing. Great opportunities to see fabulous nature in so many different ways: manatee tiny shrimp, huge eels, not to mention every aquarium creature you've ever seen. Fly fish for tarpon, bone fish and permit...with great success! Beautiful, safe lodges range from doubles to 3 bedroom, 3 bath. Most amazing place on the planet!
- TJ E. and Leann W. July 2018
The Best Snorkeling Get-Away!
This was an experience of a lifetime. Went with our two teenagers and spent three unforgettable days out on the boat with our guide, Abel, snorkeling. Saw things we never dreamed of in seeing in clear, warm water. Even swam with dolphins. The care at Turneffe Flats is extraordinary from all the staff. It’s small, intimate and peaceful (not for those who want non-stop activities). Surrounded by some of nature’s greatest gifts.
- Lauri P. July 2018
First Class on all levels! Really great food, accommodations, fly fishing, snorkeling, hosts and overall experience!! Turneffe Flats is a very special place and we would highly recommend it to anyone. We plan to go back when time permits.
- Andy T. June 2018
Absolutely Un-Belize-Able WOW!!
We were absolutely amazed with the staff at Turneffe Flats. From the moment we were greeted at the boat ramp until we returned to the airport it was top notch. The food, fly fishing and most of all the snorkeling are second to none.
- Shannon T. June 2018
We Will Be Back
Both my wife and I give this lodge an A+ in everything from uniqueness, location, snorkeling, saltwater fly fishing, accommodations, service, and food…we were blown away by this remote lodge. The fly fishing guides were also very knowledgeable, knowing where to find fish. All of the support staff were very friendly and accommodating and the food was excellent. We definitely plan on returning next year along with our 12-year old grandson who will definitely fall in love with the snorkeling and searching for manatees, dolphins, turtles, and crocodiles.
- Rick M. April 2018
A Week at Turneffe Flats
My wife and I spent a week at Turneffe Flats -- me for fly fishing, she for snorkeling. This is a top-notch, well-run outfit. Accommodations and food excellent. The grounds very well maintained. Being something of a beginner at saltwater sight fishing, I learned a great deal from John, my fishing guide. Snorkeling the atoll reef was spectacular. I can't think of how my stay could have be improved upon. Great place for any venue -- a bunch of fishing buddies, couples, or family. The image of a leaping resident tarpon I was trying to horse out of the mangroves will be forever burned into memory.
- Nick F. March 2018
Incredibly Beautiful Atoll Adventure!
After stepping off the dock onto this enchanted island, it felt like we were in a magical place. Turneffe Flats is a beautiful first-class resort, impeccably clean and well maintained. All of the staff are warm and welcoming, and very professional. Snorkeling on different areas of the pristine reef and exploring the marine environment was fantastic. The food was expertly prepared and delicious. My partner is a diver and has been to various dive sites throughout the Caribbean. He said this was the best dive trip he has ever experienced. We will definitely be back soon!
- James L. February 2018
Beautiful Week at Turneffe Flats
We really enjoyed ourselves at this resort. You can tell that they care about the resort, the environment and atoll, and making sure the beauty is enjoyed but protected. The food was excellent. We saw and caught plenty of bonefish and had shots at permit…our wives raved and raved (as did others) about the snorkeling and Abel. Overall, the resort, the location, and the people were top notch and a positive vacation experience.
- Tom W. February 2018
We Loved Our Time at Turneffe Flats
The property was beautiful, clean and comfortable. More importantly the staff was polite, personable and helpful in all ways. The dive staff was very professional and our snorkel captain Abel was so knowledgeable about the reefs, the life, and all things natural. It was a pleasure to spend a week with him.
- Doug A. January 2018
I Keep Coming Back
This is my third stay at Turneffe Flats and it just keeps getting better and better. There just isn't anything about this place that I would say needs to improve. The meals are all made from scratch, bread, pastries, appetizers and all the entrees. They simply don't know how to put out a bad meal.
The ladies that keep track of all the dishes, keeping coffee filled, remembering your favorites and also clean the cabanas are sweethearts. Rosie, Dara, Marcia and Leti are all sweet to their cores.
The management staff of Jad and Diana as well as owners Craig and Karen are delightful. They make sure that you are getting the most out of your time on the island. Even though they must hear the same thing every week from the guests, they act like they have never heard it before and ask questions.
As for the guides, my brother-in-law loved his fishing guide. The guide helped him brush up on fly fishing and went on to catch 5 barracudas as well.
The snorkel/adventure guide is a walking Marine/Nature University that simply calls himself Abel. This guy is like Cesar Millan of Turneffe Atoll. He finds things under rocks, buried in the soil and the creatures act like they are seeing an old friend. He swam down to take a picture of a stringray and in the 18 years I have been snorkeling, I haven't seen anyone get that close and the ray stays calm. He finds dolphins and manatees like they tell him where they will be and he meets them at the designated area. My love and respect of this beautiful place only increases after spending time with him. I will be back next year for visit #4, because it really is just that good.
- Lisa R. January 2018
Olivers Say Thanks!!!
Wow, great time...we did the adventure package. Abel was our snorkeling and night walk guide. We were spoiled because Abel takes the most beautiful pictures (tropical fish, octopus, squid, spring ray, and even a shark) and then shares them at the end of the day.
- Mark O. December 2017
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