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Dive Review of Inn of Last Resort/Inn of Last Resort in

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Samuel jOHNSON, NC, USA
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Report Number 2531
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Curacao, Dominica, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Caymans, Channel Islands
(CA), Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive with a buddy.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
I had a decent experience when our club went to the Inn of Last Resort for
a week in the beginning of May, 2006, but "decent" is less than
one hopes for, and I would discourage other divers going to Roatan from
going to the Inn of Last Resort.  

The diving is, of course, the same diving as at the other resorts at that
end of the island.  I've been going to Roatan for 13 years and have
patronized big resorts, small resorts, and live-aboards, and the diving,
which is generally good, is much the same at all of them.  Unfortunately,
the dive briefings with the Inn of Last Resort were laughably inadequate,
e.g., "It's another wall dive.  We'll go down that way and come
back."  Once in the water, the divemasters rarely if ever pointed out
interesting fish, critters or sights.  No restrictions on depth or air
consumption were enforced, although a few divers were appropriately chided
for not being able, at depth, to tell where their buddies were.  The best
divemaster, Martin, is no longer with the operation.  A low point was
reached when one divemaster gave us quite a tongue lashing because, once we
were back under the boat, several pairs of dive buddies had dared to
explore around the mooring site independently, rather than continuing to
attach themselves like loyal members of the school to the divemaster's
fins.  The boat captain, a strong, silent local man, whose name I can't
find in my logbook, stood out among the staff for at least being alert to
diver's needs and helping people with equipment.  An example illustrating
both the expertise and the courtesy of the head divemaster and manager of
the dive operation consisted of his laughing at me and bragging on himself
when I questioned whether a certain kind of knot would hold under water,
tied into a certain kind of plastic cord.  When I came back from the dive
and showed him the cord hanging loose and my equipment saved only because I
was holding it in my hand, an apology was noticeable by its absence.  (A
zip-tie turned out to be the right solution.)  

The food was mediocre and boring, but by the time the waitstaff finally
brought it to your table, hunger generally made up for its tastelessness. 
The physical plant of the resort is pleasant and, being up on a hill, is
generally open to breezes which kept Roatan's usual bug problem at a
minimum, although any Roatan visitor should still be well-supplied with
Deet.  The automated wake-up calls worked; the overhead light fixture did
not.  You win some; you lose some.  

The resort's lagoon, which they advertise as available at any time for
shore diving, is fairly rich in critter life as any Caribbean lagoon will
be, but at its deepest it is perhaps 5 feet, and it is mostly 3 feet deep
with eelgrass.  There is no cut through the barrier reef and so no access
to deep water.  I spent an enjoyable night snorkel there following an
octopus around.
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