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Dive Review of Bananarama in

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Polster, IN, USA
Report Number 2308
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
St. Croix, Australia, Cozumel, Caymans, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
First dive up to 120', second dive 60', if drift dive all ascend together
to make it easy for boat captain to pick up  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
After a second request, we had fresh water tub on board for cameras. The
dive crew where helpful passing cameras to divers once in the water. After
the dive master knew your dive experience, they would let you stop to take
photos and request you stay with your buddy, but keep them in sight. They
were very good about slowing the pace if an eager photo hound waited for a
particualr shot. Friday evenings we all gathered around the shop to view
pics on laptops and share adult beverages provided by the divers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
This was a return trip to Roatan, so no surprises...we packed all the
necessary meds like creams, ointments, bug spray (deet), bandaids, etc.
because it is difficult to find even in the few pharmacies.

This year the month of Feb. (still the rainy season), dropped rain on us
for 6 or 7 days, with 6 to 8 ft. seas, but it didn't stop the diving, only
made it chilly during surface interval.

The constant land development is taking it's toll on the reefs with
constant slit from rain & run off, but diving most sites still good and
the best value in the Caribbean.

For something new, try diving Barbareta and Morat walls on the East side of
the island (we stayed at the West end, resturants, rooms, etc.) The East
end dive sites are hard to get to and therefore fewer divers. The walls are
fantastic, as good as it gets with colorful sponges and corals. There is a
noticeable lack of larger fish, they are not used to divers and will hide
or swim off. We had Eagle Ray on two of the dives and could not get close
enough for a photo.

Several friends went on the shark dive arranged with another dive shop via
Bananarama. They said it was very exciting, especially when the feeding
frenzy started with the food delivered and they hung on a rope in strong
current. I saw the video, dozens and dozens of reef sharks...
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