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Dive Review of Bay Island Beach Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

Bay Island Beach Resort, Aug, 2008,

by Ted Kern, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4340.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All of the Bay Islands, Cozumel, Belize, Bonaire, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Saba, St. Kitts, Palau, Yap, Galapagos, Mahahual, Chinchorro Banks
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational depth limits, dive time limited by computer or air consumption.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The Bay Islands are known for their macro life that is only over shadowed by Bonaire. This trip did not disappoint with numerous spotted drums, lettuce leaf slugs, juvy trunk fish, nudibranchs, and Pederson cleaning shrimp always willing to clean your hand if needed. There are several large black grouper and dog snapper as well as a couple of wrecks that make for good wide angle shots, and the walls still have large barrel sponges and gorgonians that make for good composition with divers. There is a separate rinse tank at the dive shop for camera equipment, and they place a bucket on board each boat. However with 5 photo bugs on each boat the bucket was not large enough to accommodate the cameras. There are no camera tables on the boat or at the dive shop however. It was easy to walk the 10 feet to the restaurant and use one of the tables there to make any changes on your housing.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The staff at the resort went out of their way to make our stay wonderful! Of all the places we have stayed in Roatan, Bay Island has been the best for service. The food was good, but don't expect gourmet or gringo restaurant food. This is all home made served buffet style with always 2 choices of a main course, usually rice or some kind of starch like potatoes, always fresh vegetables and fruit at each meal, and if you don't like the buffet you were allowed to order a burger/chicken sandwich/hot dog/ or fish sandwich at any meal. There was always plenty of food even with the 28 guests that were there. The rooms were sparse but had every thing you could need on a dive trip. All rooms have A/C and hot and cold water. The water comes from 1 of 2 wells that are on the property and is safe to drink. The furnishings are bare and the rooms show their age of being in an island atmosphere for a long time. However the bed slept great, and every day the made would make a flower arrangement on your bed after perfectly cleaning your room each day. The dive operation on site makes life convenient. With a big gear locker close to the dock and the dive masters always willing to carry your gear to the boat, gear handling was easy. The boats are 42 foot and set up for diving. Each handles 10 divers if you are willing to share some space and move a bit to help others gear up. Entry was giant stride of the back with 1 ladder at the stern to gain entry to the boat. The grounds of the resort are well groomed and raked often, making shoes obsolete for the entire week we were there. Snorkeling directly off the shore was also good with several of our group spotting octopus, squid, and spotted eagle rays in the grass! The small size of the resort (14 rooms total) makes this place ideal for families. The staff is also more than willing to help set up off property tours such as zip lining, horse back riding, snorkeling with dolphins, or just a tourist trip to the West End for t-shirt shopping. All in all it was a great trip and our group of 20 all came home with smiles. I certainly would return here in the future.
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