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Dive Review of Banarama/Mayan Princess in

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Elaine, CA, USA
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Report Number 1918
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Keys, Culebra Island, Australia, So California, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Had to follow the dive leader.  Max 45 minutes (strictly enforced) no
matter air usage.  Advanced and Beginner divers together in same group.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
On Bananarama's small boat, there was no clean water bucket.  On the big
boat there was a pickle bucket that was supposed to have fresh water.  No
place to do anything with your camera on the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
The resort was fantastic.  We had a condo just steps from the beach, and
the accommodation and staff were great.  Staff was very attenative to our
wishes and went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied.  Food was
OK, but inconsistent.  We got 5 versions of Nachos in 5 days!  We had
arranged that we would be using a dive operator where our gear would be
carried to the boat, and removed and washed and ready for us the next day. 
Evidently, the "big boat" for Bananarama was broken, so they put
8 of us on a 6-pack boat.  The first day we had to carry our gear through
the water and put it on the boat---including weights!  Gear set up was in
the middle of the boat, and there was not room to walk around it.  After
diving, we were instructed to again slog our gear (and weights) through the
ocean, back to shore and wash and hang it.  Diving was one group (no matter
the skill) and 45 minutes maximum.  Anya, the dive leader didn't watch the
group, and simply used her whistle everytime she wanted to check your air. 
45 minute dive times were strickly enforced.  When we complained to Ron,
the owner about slogging and cleaning the gear, he said he would take care
of it.  When we complained about the 45 minute dive time, he stated that he
had a schedule to keep and that all the operators on the island had gotten
together and that we would not get more than 45 minutes where ever we were
diving.  The next day our gear was sitting in a wheel barrow on the beach. 
We slogged it again.  They never did carry or wash our dive gear, and we
got the added benefit that the dive leaders would not speak to us for the
balance of our diving.  We would easily return to Roatan, but never dive
with Bananarama again.  Not sure how they can be a PADI 5-Star Gold Palm
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