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Dive Review of Bannarama/Cabana Roatana in

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Polster, IN, USA
Report Number 1924
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
St. Croix, Bonaire, Cozumel, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
After check out dive, dive masters would lead dive at 65' to 80', but allow
you to dive 120' with computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Shot digital, Nikon 5000 with Light & Motion enclosure, lots of
turtles, morays, nurse sharks, and plenty of coral banded shrimp, christmas
tree worms, and other small critters for macro work.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This is definitely location is for avid divers, not much else to see and do
other than enjoy the sun at West Bay. The Cabanna Roatana is more like
camping with indoor plumbing, but you are right on the beach and can walk
to the dive boat a hundred yards away. Most dive sites are within 15 to 20
minutes and offer walls, reefs, and many swim thru formations with calm
waters. The South shore offers great drift diving that shot us thru more
than 1 dive site that is great for experienced divers, but may intimidate a

Our dive masters, Liber from Cuba and Anya from Germany put safety first
and always gave us a pre-dive brief. Since they are both photographers,
they were always pointing out the small critters one could over look while
working on bigger shots. They are professionals with 5 plus years each, but
take the time to make sure everyone is comfortable and in the water before
leading the dive.

Experienced dive buddies could go about without interference from dive
masters, but had to stay in visual contact. Bottom time was usually 60
minutes, there was no hurry to get you up and out at 45 minutes like some
cattle car operations. They have two boats, and usually had on 4 to 8
divers, but it could get crowded on the days the cruise ships stopped.  
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