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Dive Review of GiGi Divers/N/A in

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Don Anderson, CA, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 4179
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Tahiti, Hawaii, St.Croix, Dominica, Cozumal, St. Lucia, Florida,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

cloudy, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't damage reef.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Willie is an experienced videographer whose videos appear in documentaries.
After pointing out interesting subjects, he got behind me and held me
steady for great HiDef shots.
Fresh water camera tank on new dive boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
   This was my first trip to Roatan and I was very impressed with the
profusion of growth on the reefs and especially on some of the wall dives.
After several bad experiences at another dive shop, our group of six hooked
up with a recommended new independent dive operation, GiGi Divers. GiGi is
run by Willie DeBeer, pronounced Villie, and Noelle Gatti. Willie has vast
experience in diving and underwater videography. They have a brand new 32
ft. custom built dive boat Moody Blues with twin 200 hp. Yamaha engines.
They dont have a dive shop, but with one phone call they brought what gear
we needed and picked us up at the nearest dock. Very convenient.
  We did 2 days of diving with GiGi and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
The first day was the Odyssey wreck with a six-story superstructure. Many
swim-throughs and I was able to shoot lots of HiDef video. After a break
and eating a nice lunch prepared by the charming Noelle, we did Spooky
Channel, a very eerie deep cut in the reef. Willie helpfully pointed out
many creatures for me to film. We were allowed to extend our dives as long
as safely possible, burning up our excess air around the mooring line
before coming up. 
   The next day, we traveled a long way through inevitable rough seas along
the south shore to do the must dive site Marys Place. This is a
videographers paradise and I was able to get some awesome HiDef footage to
later edit and burn to blu-ray. The Moody Blues rode the choppy water
  After enjoying another homemade lunch, we did a site called Forty Foot.
Willie acted as my personal guide and held my BC while I videotaped yellow
seahorse, tiny spotted drum, and other creatures on the wall. Talk about a
  Later that evening we did a night dive. As usual, Willie pointed out many
creatures to our group. Towards the end of the dive we did our discussed
lights out part. We gathered in a group off of a wall and turned our lights
off. After several minutes of watching a phosphorescence light show, we did
a fifteen minute, no dive light, swim back to the mooring line. Willie
escorted us along the wall, through a deep and long fissure to the top of
the reef lit only by the half moon from above. Very cool!
  We feel that we made good friends with Willie and Noelle, and would
recommend their personal touch dive experience to anyone.
Contact them at

Don Anderson
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