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Dive Review of Inn of Last Resort in

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Leslie and Mike Bardelli, CT, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Jamacia, Grand Cayman, Curacao, New England
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth Max specified for each dive, time usually 60 minutes, liked you to
dive with group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Roatan is great for Photographers.  Subjects abound.  ILR has a large
seperate rinse tank for camera gear.  There are no facilities for film
processing.  Boat returns to dock after each dive so camera maintence,
battery change can be done in your room.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
My husband and I love the island of Roatan, easy diving, reefs teaming with
life, photo opportunities especially macro everywhere and now easy to get
to.  On May 20th we arrived in Roatan for our 7th yearly trip staying at
the Inn of Last Resort.

In the past getting to Roatan was not easy.  This year we took the new
Delta flight out of Atlanta and were wonderfully surprised.  The Atlanta
airport is much better than Miami.  The flights were uneventful with all
luggage arriving with us.  The one draw back to the bigger plane is longer
lines to get into Roatan.  They have a very slow immigration process and
the Continental and Delta flights arrive back to back.  

The Inn of Last Resort is a small all inclusive dive resort in the Sandy
Bay  West End Marine Park.  The owners Donna and Andy Arcaya live at the
resort and are involved with its day to day operation.  The staff at ILR
are always friendly and accommodating.  If you need something just let one
of them know and they will do there best to help you out.  

The resort is composed of 4 buildings in a rectangle with tropical
plantings in between.  3 of the buildings are guest rooms and one is the
lodge that houses the restaurant and bar.  The guest rooms are large, with
a queen and 2 twin beds.  Rooms are air conditioned with 2 ceiling fans. 
Bathrooms are small but functional with plenty of hot water.  One wall is
an open closet with 2 sections, each with an area to hang clothes and 4
deep shelves.  

The Delta flight allowed us to arrive early enough to get in the water
before supper.  ILR has a lagoon that is shallow (2  8 FT) and if full of
life.  We always do a night dive just in the lagoon.  As you reach the reef
edge there is a white buoy that marks a shallow cut in the coral, inflate
your BC, go through and you are on the reef.  Here you can just head down
and out and end up on the reef or head towards the boat mooring to Fish
Den.  Either way, its a great dive.  In 7 years we have dove this dive
many times and never tire of it.  It is easy to navigate and full of life. 
The lagoon is also a great place to watch the sunset.  My husband and I
spend every evening sitting on the dock watching the sunsets.  

The meals at ILR are all sit down.  There is a board in the lodge where
they post the menu for the up coming meal.  It is a fixed menu, but they
are great at special dietary requests.  I know this from personal
experience.  Just let them know when you arrive if you have any special
food issues.  The food is good with a healthful size portion.  If you are a
big eater, you can always ask for seconds.  

ILR has 3 boats all hold up to 20 divers, this trip we had 2 (private dive)
to 20 divers, mostly 12  15.  The boats are roomy with under bench storage
and a flat area over the engine cover.  They also have a dry box where they
store towels. Each boat has 2 built in rinse tanks off the back, one
designated for camera gear.  Entry is Giant Stride with the boat captain
helping you in and out of the water.  The boats have 2 ladders on the back
to get back on board.  Gear is store in the dive shop that is a stones
throw from the boats.  The DMs and Captains will take care of your gear
after your first set up if that is you desire.  

The boats leave the dock for 3 single tank dive daily.  The dives are
guided, unless you want to stay under the shadow of the boat.  The DM will
brief the dive and give you max depth and generally dive time was 60
minutes, give or take.  The only dive that they enforce a dive time is one
of the deep wrecks, otherwise they have you back under the boat by 45  50
minutes and then you can play.  The sites are generally a short boat ride
away, usually between 2 and 15 minutes.  Occasionally, the ride might be up
to 25 minutes.  The dives for the day are posted in the lodge.  We stayed
for 2 weeks with 12 ½ days of diving, did 42 dives and clocked over
43 hours of bottom time.  Diver Heaven

Life on the reefs is plentiful and healthy.  Each year, we see something
new to us.  Expect to see the typical tropicals, Parrotfish, Squirrelfish,
Blue Tang, Grouper, Damselfish, Butterflyfish.  Youll also see those that
like to hide, Scorpionfish, Flounder, and Sand divers.  Look close and see
a wide variety of Blennies, Gobies, Slender Filefish, Lettuce and Harlequin
Sea Slugs, Flat Worms.  I love the macro life.  Just hang on a sandy
bottom, hold still and watch the life come out, Yellowheaded Jawfish,
Corkscrew Anemones with Pederson Cleaner Shrimp and Snapping Shrimp, Giant
Anemones with Spotted Cleaner Shrimp, Squat Anemone Shrimp and Banded
Clinging Crab. 

We always enjoy our stay and this time was no exception.  We look forward
to our 2007 trip.

If you have not tried Roatan before, be sure and put it on your short list
of dive places to visit.  Make sure that you check out and stay at ILR.  
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