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Dive Review of Inn of Last Resort in

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Barry Clegg, MN, USA
Report Number 1672
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Limits were suggested.  None were enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
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  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
The Inn of Last Resort is on the north side of Roatan, a few minutes away
from West End.  It is located near many of the best dive sites on the north
side of the Island.  This was our first time there - we picked it because
it was smaller than the monster resorts and because of good write-ups in
Undercurrent.  Frankly, we also picked it because it doesn't advertise
"activities for the kids" - we don't have any and prefer a resort
not swarming with kids.  Kids are certainly welcome at the Inn of Last
Resort but they don't market for them, as a result I don't think they get
many (none while we were there).  All in all a great trip and I would
certainly go again - but see below.

The resort is 10 years old and very nice.  It does not have a sand beach -
it has a "hard beach" - i.e. coral.  On Roatan, this is actually
a huge plus as it means fewer (but still some) sand fleas, which plague
some of the operations that do have more sand.  Bring DEET no matter where
you go on Roatan. The rooms are large and modern, all with AC.  The bar and
restaurant areas have great ocean views.  The food service is NOT buffet,
which we thought was a plus.  Entrees change daily and were very good. 
They did ask about food preferences and allergies and were accomodating to
special needs.  The service at the resort was excellent - the owners are
very customer service oriented and this attitude is common in the staff at
all levels.

We enjoyed the diving.  They do 3 boat dives per day with unlimited shore
diving from their lagoon (which is actually about 100 yards from a dive
buoy - a good dive site).  They do one boat night dive per week.  The reefs
were in good shape.  The area is still heavily fished by the locals so not
as many fish as in more protected areas.  Our dives ranged from 135 feet
(Hole in the Wall) to as shallow as 40 to 60 feet.  Their boats will
comfortably hold about 14 - 16 divers but probably have a theoretical
capacity of 20.  The resort was crowded when we were there (see below) and
there were probably about 16 divers on most dives - a potential disaster if
the divemaster insists everyone stay together and we all come up when the
first heavy breather runs low on air.  This was NOT the case here.  The
divemasters were flexible and would let folks do pretty much what they
wanted.  Most times, my buddy and I would hang with the group to see the
feature of the dive and then signal to the divemaster and be on our
separate way with no problem.  A disadvantage of this flexibility, with so
many on the boats, was that people were all over the place at the end of
the dive - and there were some in our group that wanted to take pictures at
30 feet until their air ran out - so those of us who did a 90 feet or
greater profile often had to wait a long time for them.

The resort has a theoretical capacity of 70 and there were 55 or so there
when we were there.  The resort staff, the bar and the restaurant were
great - even with the crowd.  

The dive operation was, unfortunately, overmatched by the crowd.  The
resort only had 2 of it's own boats when we were there (a third was being
rebuilt on site in dry dock - interesting to see), and they needed four for
the crowd, so they borrowed 2 from other resorts (one from Fantasy Island
and one from Cocoview).  As you might expect, when you borrow a boat, you
don't get the best of the fleet.  The Cocoview boat half sank tied to the
dock when it's captain inadvertantly turned off the bilge pump - it was
refloated but the engine was water damaged and it was towed away.  On the
last day, one of the Inn's boats had transmission troubles and was not
usable (they finagled another boat from somewhere).  They didn't have
enough Nitrox tanks to serve everyone who wanted Nitrox - so that was hit
and miss.  Despite all that, we thoroughly enjoyed the diving and would go
back, although we might check ahead to see how full the place was.   

One other comment on the Anthony's Key dive operation.  We overlapped with
them at several dive sites and were not impressed.  At the wreck of the
Odyssey, they arrived at the wreck after we did and left before, the
divemasters clanging their tanks constantly at every little thing (our own
divemaster told us she would only clang the tank if she saw a shark or
there was an emergency, which we appreciated).  
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