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Dive Review of Inn of Last Resort in
Honduras

Inn of Last Resort, May, 2006,

by Pat Sinclair, FL, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 2519.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fl Keys, Roatan Honduras, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, North Bimini Island Bahamas, Cozumel, Flower Gardens Texas,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive to Comnputer, stay relatively together, no deper than 100
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Nothing on shore to help you - you can take equipment to your room. On boat, separate camera rinse tank, that divers tried always to use for masks. There is a tv which you can hook up to and view your digital shots, nothing availalbe for the film shooters though.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments ILR doesnt supply many amenities in the rooms, no hair dryer, no TV and worst of all, no alarm clock. Be aware, and remember to bring a hair dryer and alarm clock for yourself.
We discovered that the DM and boat crews would handle our gear for us both between dives and after diving was complete for the day. Juergen was our dive master. I understand he has only been with ILR for 2 weeks. The entire group for our boat was comprised of 14 divers to the one DM. We saw a good sized hawksbill turtle on our first dive, I have never seen a turtle while diving in Roatan before.
1st incident: 3rd dive of the 1st day, at El Aquario (78 feet max depth and 65 minutes) we managed to lose our DM. Apparently what happened was 2 divers got low on air and signaled Juergen that they needed to go to the boat. He, without telling anyone in the 12 left, took them to the boat and attempted to come back and find his group of 12. We, as a group, motoced we weremissing a DM, decided to stick together and figure out where the boat was and return to it, which we did, we had a very unhappy DM who thought we should have stayed put, which we would have done, had he told anyone in the 12 where he had gone and why.
2nd incident: The sun was in my eyes as I walked on the dock to the boat, my foot caught on something and needless to say, I tripped and fell. The DM from the other boat told me that the cord stretching across the dock (at a height of 4 inches off the dock deck) to my dive boats battery was a hazard that he had told the management was going to cause an accident and he was sorry that I had been hurt. Well, my knee was pretty whacked, but I figured it would eventually heal. Upon inspection, the camera looked to be ok, and so did the housing. I decided to take it on the dive, and it flooded. I spoke with the owner of ILR who had only Oh, that is too bad that happened, we will replace that cord on the dock with something longer, and we have done that for 10 years and no one before has ever been hurt or lost equipment to say. When leaving I spoke iwth her again, and finally got a reduction of $250 from our bill for the camera, far less than it was worth, but better than nothing. The cord was replaced the same day of my fall, btw, with a longer one and the cord was not stretched out, 4 inches off the deck anymore during my stay there.
Other Stuff: on almost every dive we did there were three or more large black grouper or one or two large snappers hanging around like puppy dogs under the boat. Occasionally they would even stay with us for the entire dive. We saw the occasional great barracuda, but we never saw any sharks of any kind or any rays of any kind during the whole weeks diving. There were lots of macro life (cleaner shrimp, secretary blennies, etc) and tons of fish life around on the reefs. The turtles were wonderful to see and swim with as well.
The Diving: My husband and I both agreed the reefs and walls on this end of the island, as well as the wrecks provided something for just about everyone dive-wise. We really loved most of the dives (Spooky Channel and Bears Crack were not among those we liked!)
Bottom line: the bottom times were great we got nearly 20 hours in 18 dives, the dive master was not. The food was OK (single menu served at table take it or leave it and some of it was JUST ok and none of it great) and the rooms were nice and well kept. It was great to have someone else handle your gear for you, but is not something that will make me pick a resort.
Will we return to this resort? We might, the diving alone is worth it. The resort is up for sale, so perhaps soemone with better food ideas and more care for what happens at the dock and dive shop will buy it - that would make it a perfect place!


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