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Dive Review of Paradise Island in
Honduras/Roatan

Paradise Island, Jan, 2008,

by Mary Wicksten, TX, U.S.A. (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 3829.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving California, Bonaire, Fiji, Australia, Palau, Galapagos Islands, Canada, Cozumel, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Yap, Hawaii, Baja California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and time limits--depth as specified by divemaster, time usually 50 minutes total
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Boats had dedicated camera buckets. No onshore facilities except for some film for sale in gift shop. No rentals.
NO large pelagics at all, only one big fish (100 lb. snapper) seen during entire trip but "muck diving" worthwhile--lots of small stuff. Hermit crabs, basket stars, shrimp and much more on night dives. Bring your macro lens or attachments!

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Resort has been repainting and servicing boats, piers and rooms. Few bugs--resort sprays daily (but no butterflies, either). Bring cash--very hard to use traveler's checks, no ATM within miles. Food good, not gourmet but lots of it. Fresh fruit, omelettes, fresh-baked pastry and cookies, fish every day. Takes a while to figure out the air conditioning units. Sunning/snorkeling beaches very nice.Resort is isolated from town and tourist traps, taxis costly but then if you make four dives per day, who cares? Shore diving easy and available. Some rain squalls and chop, hang-on-tight current during two dives but this was January, after all. Really good "muck diving" right off the beach and gazebo--upside down jellyfish, arrow and green clinging crabs, brittle stars, cleaner shrimp, etc. Saw my first mushroom scorpionfish! Night dives loaded with critters. Guides are good at spotting morays and sea horses. Many pretty indigo and yellowbelly hamlets, drums, goldentail moray, etc. Saw hook and line fishing locally, not much in the way of big fish. French Key Bank had the most predatory fish (jacks, barracuda, some larger groupers) but this bank also has the most surge, not recommended for real novices. Never saw any sharks. There were reports of one each sea turtle and eagle ray. I saw a stingray scoot off. If you want big stuff, go somewhere else. Resort rents lights but was short on batteries--bring your own if you want to go night diving. Guides were professional and courteous, knew the area well.
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