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Dive Review of Mayan Princess Divers/Mayan Princess Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

August, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Elaine Matthews, CA, US
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Report Number 6681
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, US, Australia, Tahiti, many others
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Shallow depth limits (60-65'), go as a group, come up as a group.  Always
had more than 1000 psi left  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
There is no set up for photographers. no rinse buckets, no place to put the
camera to be safe.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
1 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
3 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
I highly recommend the dive facility, even if you stay at another resort. 
Most of the customers on the boat were from other resorts THAT HAD THEIR
OWN DIVE FACILITY.  Staff are all highly capable, friendly, very helpful
with everything.  The dives are pretty shallow and controlled, but they
easily made accommodations for me, as I typically go very slow to see
everything.  They simply slowed down.  In most instances, we were welcome
to continue diving near the boat, even after other divers were done. 
Nonetheless, in a week of diving, I never got out of the water with less
than 1,000 PSI.  The resort, on the other hand, should be avoided.  Units
were all shabby and not well maintained.  Food was horrible.  We did
all-inclusive, since it was little more than the rest of the package. Our
theory was we would get breakfast and lunch at the hotel, then find a
restaurant for dinner. However, after the first 2 days, we never ate there,
more than to get a bit of fruit or some tomatoes.  Additionally, you have a
2-hour window for each meal, which usually starts later than advertised in
any event.  Food is INORDINATELY sub-par.  The beach is lined with
restaurants and resorts, any of which did at least an adequate job with
food.  There is an Argentinian restaurant that we particularly recommend. 
The resort folks (outside the front desk), were extremely friendly and
helpful.  Front desk staff behave as if you are a tenant, not a guest. 
They give you 2 bottles of water at the beginning of your stay, and you are
told you may re-fill them at a variety of water stations throughout the
resort.  Mayan Princess is much more like a summer camp, with rules and
regulations and hall monitors, than it is a resort.

This may have been mentioned in other posts, but keep a few things in mind
when traveling:  YOU WILL pay overweight charges if you are lugging dive
gear.  Ours was about $13 each.  Interestingly, on the trip back from
Roatan, airline staff wanted to charge us significantly more.  I pulled out
the prior receipt, asked to speak to a supervisor, and magically, the
overweight fees went back to $13 each. (TACA) Roatan is a cruise ship stop.
 We were told that a cruise ship stops there 4 days a week.  When the ships
stop, all of the resorts open to the cruise passengers.  So, you will get
poor service and fight crowds nearly everywhere on the beach areas. 
Interestingly, other than trying to get a beer at the bar after diving, the
Mayan Princess resort seemed to accommodate the influx rather well (this
from someone that hates crowds!).

For this section of the island, all boats are moored off-shore.  Which
means you are walking through the surf (which is tiny), into the water to
get to the boat.  There seems to be one operator at the end that ties up to
the doc (it's about 1/2 mile away).  As the water is warm, this is no big
deal, unless you are lugging gear.  After a recent Undercurrent report, we
called them to ensure they were aware that we were on VACATION and didn't
want to lug our gear.

The dive operation is managed by Anya, and we dove with her, Sara, Julie
and Henry.  All were excellent, calm, interesting and capable.  We never
toted a single piece of gear!  They will seriously do whatever is necessary
to ensure you have safe and interesting dives.

The diving itself was generally interesting, if not spectacular.  Several
dives were wall dives, where we saw large grouper, several huge rays
swooping down the walls, a turtle or two on nearly every dive, large eels,
small eels, some really large parrot fish, occasional barracuda, usual
suspects for reef fish.  Also saw large crabs, lobster, an octopus resting
in a cave, a couple of scorpion fish.  For small stuff, flamingo tongue,
fire worms (large and small), tiny fish hiding in soft coral (sorry, don't
know what they were), and a couple of fuzzy crabs(??) hiding in soft coral.
 Since I generally am looking for the macro, most of the larger stuff was
pointed out to me by others.  For a Lion Fish report, I only saw 5 in 7
days of diving, but they were all pretty large.

The corals are in good shape.  It's a marine park, but I can tell you that
someone is pulling out any shells that can be found (because you can't find
any). Not that I am looking to pull out shells, but their location can
often tell you there is something interesting to investigate nearly.   Does
seem to be locals that pull them out to sell (speculation).  I didn't see
coral bleaching, nor did I see much trash.  I pulled a plastic bag up on
one dive, and we found another plastic bag floating on the surface after
another dive, but that's it.

I recommend the trip if you want relaxed diving with a good variety, and
want a relaxed vacation where most of what else you can do is sit around,
read, eat or drink.  
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