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Dive Review of Bay Islands Beach Resort in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Don Beukers, Ca, USA
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Report Number 4076
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Palau, Australia, Hawaii, Belize, Caymans, Cozumel, Bahamas, Virgin
Islands(both), Granada, Martinique, Monterey, Cabo San Lucas.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
39   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    

Five divers arrived on the late afternoon Catamaran ferry from La Ceiba and
were met at the terminal by Tyrone to be delivered to the resort by van. 
Upon reaching the resort, we were introduced to the owners, Cam & Ted
and assigned our rooms in the Casa Blanca building. With five divers in our
group, we were given the three rooms off the main room upstairs. After
settling in, we proceeded to the beach front bar and restaurant for a
prepared dinner. All breakfasts, lunches and dinners were mainly prepared
in the kitchen located in the Casa Blanca building and carried to the
beachfront location for serving to the patrons. Breakfast consisted of many
items that could be cooked on location and served after making your choice
from the menu, the same for lunch. The dinner menu had a few items to order
for those patrons that might stop by for a meal. The meal that came with
the room was a prix fix meal, starting with soup, salad entrée and
There was a full bar available and exotic drinks were there for the asking.
Our group had purchased some wine in La Ceiba and brought it along, and
they did not charge us a corkage fee.
Thursday night is the weekly pig roast and crab race. The pig is barbequed
for 8 hours and basted until the meat literally falls off the bone. I had
an outside piece that was delicious. The crab races followed just after
tequila shots were passed around. To keep with tradition, the winners
share of the pot was donated to the local school program, a very good
cause. A local band played and fun was had by all.
I must say that the owners are involved with this resort. They gave
informational lectures about the Bay Islands and the activities that are
available, from Shark diving, zip line canopy adventures to other
activities. They are Americans that came to Roatan and purchased the resort
and have consistently made improvements through out their tenure. The
employees appear to enjoy their work at this resort. You always saw someone
doing something constructive either raking leaves, sweeping the walks or
generally keeping the area clean. 
The head dive master explained what was about to happen for the next week
and he checked our c-cards. The next item was to load the boats, our
equipment was taken to the boats and we placed our gear on the tanks. If
you wanted to, that would be the last time you touched it, but at the end
of the two tank morning and one tank afternoon dives the gear was removed
from the boats and washed. You would either hang it up in the large
ventilated room or if you wanted to, take some back to your own room.
There was a little chop on a couple of days, the rest of the week was
perfect weather.
We took their advice, as did the other 14 divers in the resort, and signed
up for a afternoon shark dive. We were driven by the two vans with our gear
across the island and taken out to a reef to line up and watch them feed
the 12 or so sharks. After about 25 minutes we returned to the large panga
and returned to the shark dive company headquarters and watched a video of
the encounter. Only downside was that the company that operated the shark
dive wanted $75 for the DVD, had the price been $25 a lot of people would
have made the purchase.
Prior to the day of our departure, the staff went to the airport, checked
us in and returned with boarding passes. On departure day we were driven to
the airport by Ted, the owner, and walked through the different stations to
the final security checkpoint. You dont see that to often.
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