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Dive Review of Inn of Last Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

Inn of Last Resort, Jun, 2004,

by Tom, CA, usa . Report 1240.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Experience: Cozumel, Bonaire, Key Kargo, Maui, Catalina Ca.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Must stay with group on drift dives. Otherwise you were free to dive your own dive
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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments A large dedicated rinse tank on the boat. Several rinse tanks on the docks and a room large enough to layout and process batteries, download pictures

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Think "wood". The Inn of Last Resort is a testament to local ingenuity. Everything, including the boats are hand made of wood. The boats and the accommodations are ineligant but functional. Take the boats. They are big wooden boats that go slow in comparison to Anthony's Key's boats which are new and fast....but.....it was seldom more than 15 miniutes to a site and the boats were big and uncrowded compared to the newer faster boats. Three dives a day are routine. The routine is eat, sleep and dive, [7AM Eat, 8AM Dive, 10AM quick nap, 10:30AM dive, noon: eat 1:00PM nap 2:30PM dive 3:30 dive 5Pm bar and rap 7PM dinner 8PM crash....repeat.]

The rooms are excellent, large and air-conditions, and the beds were comfortable. The food is home cooking. It isn't elegant but it's good. the ersort caters to large, non-diving groups. They are typically there 2 nights maximum in a week. Otherwise the resort is very uncrowded and the boats are never crowded.

ILR is closer to the West End than the better known resorts. The ride is shorter in most cases but the sites are the same. You dive the typical sites from West End to Spooky Channel. There are a couple of nice wrecks, some nice walls and lots of interesting flats for that third shallow dive. Nitroz is available. Generally Roatan diving is midway between Cozumel and Bonaire. The reefs do not have the the towering formations found in Palancar on Cozumel but are more varied with deep channels and swimthroughs than Bonaire. My opinion was that there was more small stuff on Bonaire but more big stuff on Roatan.

Shore diving in the lagoon or Fish Den is nice. Squeezing a 4th dive in at Fish Den is trivial. Swim out or have the boat drop you off.....but you'll miss your nap.

If you are going to Roatan to dive this is the place. If you are looking for nightlife pay more and go to AKR.
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