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

Inn of Last Resort/Inn of Last Resort, May, 2006,

by Samuel jOHNSON, NC, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 2531.

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

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with a buddy.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 2 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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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