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Dive Review of Inn of Last Resort in

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Pat Sinclair, FL, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2520
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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

sunny, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive to Comnputer, stay relatively together, no deper than 100   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
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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