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Dive Review of Bay Islands Beach Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

Bay Islands Beach Resort, Apr, 2005,

by Bill Gradwohl, TX, USA . Report 1657.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving South shore on Roatan - various dive operators.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None were enforced. Depth restrictions were suggested and were very reasonable.
Everyone had to provide max depth, time, and remaining air after a dive, and this was recorded in a log. It also made sure everyone was on board.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The north shore is significantly better than the south shore for water clarity, large animals, varied terrain, and overall reef health.

The dive operation was extremely well run. All cylinders were 3000+ lbs and there were no surprises or broken anything. Nitrox was available although we decided to use normal air. Gear storage was adequate, and gear was brought on board by staff. Boats were spacious and well maintained. Snorkelers are welcome too, and have plenty to look at. Snorklers saw a whale shark, but we didn't. 8-(

The resort owner is a jovial character that mingles with his guests at meals, during video screenings, and other times, and sets the tone for the resort which can best be described as "Don't worry - be happy - have a good time".

We bought two 10 dive packages for $150/each. Lunch was an additional few dollars and was reasonable. We didn't stay at the resort, but were renting a house on the island. All dives were as long as your air supply lasted. 60 and 70+ minute dives were routine. No rush!

Our dive master Gustavo, was easily the best qualified individual we've ever worked with. His assistant "Big Daddy" (a long term guest from New York) provided an endless stream of jokes during our time on board and at lunch. Big Daddy should have his own TV show.

Gustavo knew where to go, and provided the best diving we've had to date. A videographer (Pablo) came on two dives to a wreck (Aguilla) and one other site and Gustavo provided expertise to offer shark, grouper feeding, morey eel feeding, turtles, the wreck, and much more for footage. Its the first DVD we've ever purchased because it was that good.

The Aguilla and Spooky Channel shouldn't be missed. Watch Gustavo blow air rings underwater that maintain their shape to the surface.

We're diving there again next week for another 3 days.
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