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Dive Review of Inn of Last Resort in

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Leslie & Michael Bardelli, CT, USA
Report Number 1332
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Flordia Keys, Grand Cayman, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth and time limit per site, back on boat with 500 PSI.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Roatan has wonderful Macro life.  I love to photograph.  Take home 17 rolls
of film.  ILR has no developing facilities on site.  Boats have large dry
area for camera storage as well as special camera rinse tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
We stayed for the 5th time at The Inn of Last Resort (ILR) Roatan, Honduras
from May 28th – June 12th, 2004.  We chose ILR for our first trip
in 2000 and have never looked back.  

The ILR is a 30-room resort that caters to divers.  The resort itself is
composed of 4 buildings.  The main lodge houses the dining room, bar, gift
shop and recreation area.  The other 3 are guest quarters. The rooms are
large, clean with a rustic feel.  Each room has AC as well as 2 ceiling
fans.  Rooms can accommodate 4 with a queen size bed and 2 twins.  The
bathroom has a stall shower; overall it is small, but functional.  

The resort has a very homey feel.  Everyone is very friendly.  If there is
anything you need, just ask any of the resort staff.  There are plenty of
animals to keep you company.  Casual and laid back is the best description
of the atmosphere.  T-shirts and short are the norm.  Shoes are optional. 
The walkways are either cement or wooden.  If you are an early riser, take
a book and find a hammock at the lagoon or lodge and watch the resort come
to life.  The spectacular sunsets are a daily occurrence.  

All your meals are included.  The food is always fresh, very tasty and
never buffet.  Breakfast is ordered off a menu that includes typical
American fare.  Lunch and dinner are a fixed menu with a wide variety of
entrees served.   Some meals have a typical American flavor, but you will
also experience a fair amount of island cuisine as well.  Homemade desserts
are served with both lunch and dinner.  Sweet and Unsweetened ice tea are
available at no charge.  Tap water is safe to drink at the resort.  Soda
and bar drinks are an extra charge.  No money is needed on a day-to-day
basis.  Everything is charge to your room and you settle up before you

The resort has two 42-foot dive boats that are docked along side the
resort.  The dive shop is just a few feet away and has plenty of storage
for your gear.  The diving consists of 3 single tank boat dives a day. 
This year dive times were at 8:30, 10:30 and 2 PM.  Once a week they do a
night dive and eliminate the 2 PM dive.  Occasionally they do a 2 tank AM
dive, but it is posted the night before.  Once a week they do a picnic at
West Bay Beach, so you return to ILR after the 10:30 dive for a quick stop
as they load lunch on the boat.  The boat docks at West Bay Beach, where
you have lunch and then your surface interval is yours to walk the beach,
snorkel or just relax.  Then at 2 PM it’s off for dive #3.  

The diving is mostly wall diving.  For  moored dives you can dive with the
Divemaster or go unguided.  For a drift dive or one with no mooring then
the group stays together.  The reefs are teaming with life.  This was our
fifth trip and we still saw several creatures we had never seen before. 
There is a fair amount of large grouper, snappers, turtles, spotted Eagle
rays, Green Moray as well as smaller morays, but the macro life is very
abundant. Dives were generally 60 minutes in length.  The Divemaster in his
briefing gives you a maximum depth, but you are responsible for your own
profile.  Maximum depth is 130 feet and back on the boat with 500 PSI.

The boats are spacious with plenty of storage under the bench seats.  There
also is a large engine cover that is used for dry storage.  They also have
a box with towels where you can store your shirts, glasses, etc.  You load
your gear on in the AM and it stays for the day or until your done diving. 
The boat has 2 sets of rinse tanks for masks and fins and the other is
dedicated for camera gear.  Boats have large platform off the back for
Giant Stride entries and well as 2 ladders for getting back on.  The boats
are covered so there is plenty of shade aboard.  

The lagoon is a short walk from the main resort and a nice shore dive.  The
pier has an area with shade cover and hammocks, lounge chairs in the sun
and steps down to the water.  You can swim, snorkel as well as dive here. 
The lagoon itself is about 10 feet deep and is full of life.  This trip we
saw an octopus, squid, flying gurnard, and juvenile fish.  There is a white
buoy marking a shallow cut in the coral.  Once through the cut, follow the
natural ruts in the sand and you will come to a site known as Fish Den.  It
is a very easy site to navigate and full of life.  

Parting advice for traveling to Roatan.   A well-packed carry-on is your
best friend.  A little of everything that you might need to survive 24
hours, clothes, OTC & precription meds, , dive computer, regulator,
etc. is your best bet.  Wear bug repellant.  Depending on the season and
the winds, no-seeums can be a problem.  I swear by Cactus Juice.  It works
well for me and it’s sold  at ILR.   Lastly, have a great time. 
After 5 visits we still look forward to and thoroughly enjoy our vacation. 
What more could you want, blue sky, warm, blue water, great food, great
diving and a few new friends.

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