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Dive Review of Inn of Last Resort in

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck and Nancy Anson, CA, USA
Report Number 1734
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Sonora Bay Mexico, Loreto Mexico, Bonaire, Roatan, Belize, San Salvador,
Grand Turk, St. Croix, St. Vincent, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little
Cayman, Fiji, Carriacou, Cozumel, Nassau, Cat Island, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130'max, 500psi, no time limits, surface together on drift dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 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  
Crew experienced with camera handling. Large, seperate camera rinse tank.
Centeral area of the boat could be used for cameras but was not padded,
could get wet, and no air available.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Roatan is a top notch dive destination.  It is only a 2.5 hour flight from
Houston on Continental.  Airport immigration was slow.  It took us half an
hour to clear but we were told that they are working on improving this.  We
were met by an Inn of Last Resort representative in the baggage claim area
who helped us through customs and got us and our bags to the resorts van
for a 20 minute ride to the Inn.   The staff at the Inn of Last Resort made
our stay EASY from the time we cleared immigrations until they returned us
to the airport (printed boarding pass in hand).  The meals were top notch
with wait service at all three, (no buffets) linen table cloths and
napkins, full place settings, 4 course dinners by candle light all
deliciously prepared and served in an open air dinning room with a view. 
All the guest rooms are large, bright and clean with lots of storage space,
a queen and two single beds, private bath and shower, A/C and ceiling fans,
phone and NO TV (bring a book).  It is only a few steps from the guest
rooms to the dinning room, bar, library, lagoon, dive shop and pier.  They
do all your gear rinsing and setup for you (this is a new service since our
last stay) and they offer 3 dives per day.  Most dive sites are within 10
to 20 minutes of the resort and even though you do your surface intervals
back at the Inn, they provide fresh fruit and towels on the boat after each
dive.  There are two (soon to be three) covered wooden dive boats that can
easily accommodate 18 divers each.  Tanks are aluminum 80s (filled
consistently to 3000 psi) and sit behind the dive bench along both sides of
the boat with storage beneath.  Entry is a giant stride off the back of the
boat.  The diving offers a variety of gently sloping and vertical walls
that either drop down to a sandy shelf between 80and 150 or into the
abyss depending on your location.  The topography of the walls is a welcome
mix of mounts, pinnacles, cuts and grooves with a variety of swim throughs
and caves.  Healthy plate coral covers some of the walls providing hiding
places for moray eels, lobster and large crabs.  Large barrel sponges,
smaller iridescent sponges, sea fans, gorgonians, elk horn and soft corals
attract a myriad of sea life.  Small schools of creole wrasse and blue tang
were present on many dives as were barracuda.  There were curious groupers
and dog snappers along the walls accompanied by horse eyed jacks and
several hawksbill turtles.  The night dive at Fish Den was great.  We saw
lots of basket stars, spiny lobsters, tiny shrimp and crabs, an octopus,
and a green moray.  We did a night dive in the resorts lagoon and found
scorpion fish, barracuda, octopus, lobster, shrimp, crabs, squirrelfish,
grouper, and anemones.  One highlight of our trip came on the last dive day
when the boat captain spotted a pod of 20 pilot whales and took us out in
the deep water to snorkel with them.  CAUTION: Be sure to bring your
favorite bug spray and lots of it.  The no-see-ums have finally discovered
that there is a constant supply of divers to munch on at the Inn.  They
seemed to enjoy us as much as we enjoyed the diving!     
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