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Dive Review of Bananarama Dive Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jeffrey S. Levine, CA, USA (7 reports)
Report Number 2155

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Reporter
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
100   to 125    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive times were 45 minutes to one hour depending on individual air
consumption.  During the last dive of the day we could stay out longer. 
Divers were reminded to follow safe diving practices.  Experienced divers
could go deeper but were asked to stay somewhat near group.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
The Bananarama Dive Resort is located approximately 100 feet of West Bay
Beach in Roatan.  The resort has a large shop with dive and snorkel gear
for rental and a smaller amount for sale.  They are an authorized Scubapro
shop.  They have three dive boats but usually use the largest.   Dive
groups typically consist of no more than six to eight divers but could
theoretically contain more if there are cruise ship passengers in town. 
The instructors, Anja and Liber (a husband/wife couple) are very methodical
and organized.  Adherence to safe diving practices is emphasized.

Bananarama does not have a dock by the resort.  The carrying of dive gear
to and from the boat is usually split between the resort and the diver with
everyone lending a hand as needed.  The dive sites are mostly within a five
to ten minute boat ride.  In winter months, they drive over to the south
side of the island where the water is calmer. Most dive times are initially
given as 45 minutes but lasted up to an hour depending on air consumption. 
They run two dives in the morning with a surface interval on the boat or in
town.  They also run one or two dives in the afternoon depending on need.
Experienced divers could go deeper than the main group if they stayed in
the same general area.  There are lots of great Caribbean tropical fish,
some turtles, grouper, parrot fish, a rare seahorse, and green morays. 
Rinse tanks including a separate one for cameras are at the shop upon
return.  They also now offer Nitrox!

The resort itself is comfortable.  Rooms have optional A/C, cable TV, and a
private bath.  The suites have a separate bedroom.  The owner lives on site
and there is a security guard at night.  A complimentary breakfast is
included.

This is overall a great resort and dive operation.
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