I stayed at Dive Haven Resort on Turneff. Three dives a day, a shore interval between each dive. The resort is still being built, so it is a little rough around the edges. The food was was nothing great and with Covid restrictions, there were only around 50 guests in the hotel (two groups filling three boats). The guides we had were great and the dives were not particularly challenging, but the reef was absolutely buzzing with life.
There were a few add on charges, $80 for a night dive, the blue hole was an additional ~$200. I passed on the Blue Hole trip and heard the hole itself was over rated, but the two other dives on the trip were epic. I paid the extra $120 for nitrox and they gave me AL100s (I’m a big guy and tend to burn through air). Booze on the island is not cheap (they had $180 all you can drink option). There was no shore diving, so you are limited to what they have planned from the boats. Even, so the cost was very reasonable.
Our bus driver from the airport to the boat was stopped and fined $500 (Belize) for not wearing a mask while driving. Everyone was Covid tested before and at the dive of the trip, so no one wore masks at the resort after the first day (everything was open air anyway). All dollars were American, except the fine.
Most of the dives were in the 50’-75’ range all of the were 50-60 minutes. They did one 90’ dive the day before the blue hole. Most of the dives were drop off/pick up. I kept an eye on where the guides were, which wasn’t hard with more than 100’ visibility. After the first day, no one ever asked about my computer or air remaining. We had mostly experienced divers and a shop instructor on each boat, so we (I?) were given minimal supervision as long as we kept in sight of the guides.
That sounds better than my experience but $500 bz is still $250 usd and nothing to scoff at especially for a rule that makes no sense. $75 for a covid test to come back home. The whole thing is a grift. Locals told me they especially go after tourists because of their ability to pay the fines (and I suppose your bus operators or other people on the job would be good targets too). Wearing a mask when you are outdoors alone to avoid getting harassed by the cops ruined the experience. I met another tourist who actually got arrested. Add on the babying by the dive shops and the constant begging and drug pushing (that the cops turned a blind eye too) and this will be a place I never return to.
For an economy that is basically all tourism based it seems especially stupid. Sad.