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Dive Review of Octpus/Blue Bahia in

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Rigg, ID, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4178
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Grand Turk 2007, Grand Cayman 2007, Providenciales 2006, Amber Caye 2005,
Cozumel 2004
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits based on c card   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
fresh water bucket on boat, rinse tank at shop
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Roatan  Blue Bahia June 14  21 2008.

My wife, son and I stayed at the Blue Bahia Resort, a small boutique
resort on Roatan the week of June 14 through 21, 2008.  My wife is a
non-diver and my son and I are divers.  Our stay at the Blue Bahia was like
visiting relatives, only you are treated like royalty!  Kent, Lisette and
the entire staff of the Blue Bahia always go out of their way to make sure
you have what you need.

We stayed in the Kings and Queens, which was a 4-star unit.  As the name
implies, the unit has two bedrooms (one king bed & one queen bed) as
well as a nice kitchenette and bathroom.  It was not spacious, but was big
enough for the three of us and all of our diving/snorkeling gear!  The air
conditioner was working so well that we had to turn the temperature up so
that we would not freeze!

The pool looks just like the picture on their website.  It was just steps
from the front door of our unit and with a wonderful view of the ocean! 
There was not much of a beach to lie on, but who would want to anyway with
all the sand fleas!  Make sure you take lots of bug spray!  Most of my
wifes time was spent either beside the pool or in the restaurant/bar while
we were diving.
Not enough can be said about the food.  It was definitely 5-star!  Kent and
his two local chefs, Daniel and Alex, will blow you away with their menu. 
There was nothing on the menu that we did not like!  If you wanted
something not on the menu, they were happy to prepare for you.  They even
accommodated a guest that was a vegetarian, going to the local grocery
store and purchasing special veggie burgers just for her.

Breakfast was included with the unit and consisted of the usual fare.  We
had cereal, toast, fruit, juice and coffee each morning.  Myra would greet
us each morning with a big smile and a good morning!  If you wanted eggs
and bacon or pancakes, you just needed to ask Myra and she would happily
make them for you.  The wait staff (Sonya, Melissa & Jaime) was always
going that extra mile to make sure you had something to eat or drink.  By
the end of the week, we had become friends with all the staff and enjoyed
many laughs together.

Kent, Lisette, Felipe and Amado were always checking to make sure you had
everything you could possibly need.  One morning Lisette drove me to the
local grocery store to pickup some snacks to have in our unit.  Felipe
helped my son flag down a bus to drive him into West End to do some
souvenir shopping and advised him on how to barter with the taxi on his
return trip to the resort!

There is a barrio between the Blue Bahia and Anthonys Key, which was fun
to walk through on an evening beach stroll.  We ran in to several groups of
local school age kids walking home from school.  We were always greeted
with a happy ¡hola! as we strolled down the road toward Anthonys

The snorkeling off the dock was absolutely fantastic!  We saw the same
marine life as I see when diving.  The water off the beach is full of
turtle grass, which is essential to preserve the ocean/reef and juvenile
fish.  Just past the turtle grass was a sandbar filled with starfish and
up-side-down jellyfish.  They were just sitting on the sand pulsating.  We
found out later that they have algae on their bottom sides.  They lay on
the sand so the algae is turned toward the sun to get nourishment.  Past
the sandbar is the reef; full of amazing coral and fish, and not that far
of a swim to reach!

The onsite dive operator, Octopus Divers, operate under the same motto as
the Blue Bahia "the customer is the most important person".  They
are very safety conscience and know the dive locations like the back of
their hands.  I used them to get my advanced open water card.  They were
great!  They use a small boat (max divers 8) we had a max of six divers. 
All sites are within 15 minutes of the dock.  I love the personal attention
of the small dive operators. 

Im torn with giving the Blue Bahia such a truthful review, because Im
afraid that when we return in 2009, the resort will be booked up!  They are
not the mega 5-star resort; they are a delicious boutique resort that is
perfect for anyone looking for some quiet time with extra special personal

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