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Dive Review of Inn of Last Resort in

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Haines, CO, USA
Report Number 1711
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No real limits, back in the boat with 500psi and avoid deco.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Each boat had a large fresh water tank just for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
We flew on Taca, and I'm please to say the flight was on schedule and all
our baggage arrived too!! We were picked up by the ILR staff and taken to
the resort. We were met by the owners, Donna and Andy, and introduced to
one of the DMs, Cher, and "Capt Ed" who really seems to run the
place. He is the "go-to guy" for just about everything, and loves
his job. We were also given the standard "sign your life away"
paperwork, and given the "what to expect" briefing. One thing to
note is that they recommended I sign up for the 2 dollar a day
"medical insurance" for each of us. Covers any cost of doc visit,
including chamber etc. The only thing it didn't cover was drugs, if they
were required. Well, I have DAN for the whole family and thought I probably
didn't need it, but it was explained that the money went towards helping to
care for all the young lobster divers who tend to get bent over there.
Well, I don't have any problem donating to the cause, so I signed us up.
(Little did I know at the time that I would need this later.) 

Okay so we got settled in our room, a queen and 2 single beds, air
conditioned; very comfortable. Then it was time for dinner, and I'm happy
to report the food is excellent. It is not a buffet; it is a three-course
meal already planned and posted on a bulletin board. So if someone has a
problem with the menu, they can request something else. There was always
plenty and you just had to ask for more. (which I  did) Additionally, if
anyone has any nutrition requirements they will try to accommodate that as

The next morning, we loaded and set up our gear on the boat for the first
dive, and that was the last time we had to do anything with our gear. From
that point on, the DM and boat crew changed tanks, unloaded our gear at the
end of the diving day, rinsed it all out, hung it to dry, and then loaded
it up the next morning. Very cool-- and they did an excellent job. One more
thing to note: That same morning the other DM Monica was going to lead the
dives. She had not met us, and wanted to see our C-cards. (I thought this a
good thing, and thought to myself, "Wow, very professional
here.") Although both DMs were very professional, Cher appeared to
really enjoy her job, and took interest in everyone and what they wanted to
do. Monica on the other hand, just seemed to go through the motions. She
just didn't seem into the whole thing, and if she set up your gear, you'd
better take a look. (I do that anyway, but never found anything wrong when
Cher was setting up the gear.) Again, everything about this operation was
very professional and I was very comfortable with my daughters diving

Breakfast was at 7:00, (okay for the non divers it was between 7:00 and
9:00) on the boat by 8:00 and usually in the water at 8:15 or slightly
after. We were back by 9:30 and then back on the boat at 10:30. Then back
for lunch by 12:00. The afternoon dive was at 2:30pm, and then dinner was
at 7:00pm. I think the longest boat ride was 25 minutes. We did have an
option one day to make the hour ride to the other side of the island to
dive "Mary's Place" but the weather did not cooperate. As for the
boats, they are long and covered. There is plenty of room for lots of
divers. We had no more than 16 while we were there, and still plenty of
room. There are two fresh water tanks one is dedicated for camera gear

A side note: On the fifth day of diving my oldest woke up with a bad ear
ache. We decided she should skip the diving and see how things progressed,
and if things were not better we would go see the doc. Well, after our 3rd
dive she was ready to go see the doc. The resort took us to AKR to see the
doc right there with the chamber, and he said she had a ear infection but
that her eardrum looked fine. He gave her some drops to take for 5 days,
but said that she should be fine for diving the next morning. Cost... 10
bucks.. Remember that insurance I mentioned, great stuff.. (and she did
resume diving the following day). 
On the last day we decided to take the rainforest canopy tour. If you
haven't done it, you are missing out. The girls and I had a blast!
All in all, the diving is great. We met some great folks, both divers and
resort staff. Will we go again? Count on it.

I wrote a full trip report with pictures and posted it here: [ link]

Rich Haines

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