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Dive Review of Pirate Divers/Foster's West Bay in
Honduras/Roatan

Pirate Divers/Foster's West Bay, Sep, 2004,

by Scott George, CA, USA . Report 1335.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 130 ft depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Foster's West Bay Resort is a small resort with cabanas and duplexes on the beach. They have a restaurant/bar on the premises. The food is basic but not bad. The service varies by what person is serving you, but the staff are polite and helpful. The accomodations are rustic, but clean and well kept. The beach is one of the most beautiful on Roatan. The usual warnings about sand flies and mosquitoes on Roatan apply here as well - just be prepared. There are a handful of other small resorts with bars and restaurants within walking distance, but for variety you have to make a trip into West End, where there are a number of good restaurants. We particularly enjoyed Dian's Garden of Eat'n and Belvedere's Shipwreck.

Pirate Divers is Fosters' new on-site dive shop. Foster's previously ran there dive packages through various other dive shops. Pirate Divers opened about two weeks prior to our trip so they did not yet have many divers booked. In fact, we only dived with one other pair of divers on one of our dives. Iain and Steve were still in the process of learning many of the Roatan dive sites, but since we were the only divers with them we got personalized service. Pirate Divers plans to keep the number of divers small to keep the service personal.

The diving was excellent. We are both relatively new divers and the dives were all pretty easy and the personal attention was helpful. The reef just off West Bay was in fantastic condition and the fish life is pretty abundant. We saw turtles on most dives, many barracuda, groupers, eagle rays, small tropical fish, and a huge free-swimming green moray eel. El Aguila is not a really impressive wreck but it is about 100 ft depth so it is an easy wreck dive.

All-in-all, Foster's West Bay and Pirate Divers were everything we expected and I would highly recommend them.
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