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Dive Review of Plantation Beach Resort in
Honduras/Cayos Cochinos

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff and Laura Krause, Ohio, USA
Report Number 1357
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All of the Bay Islands, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Curacao, Cozumel, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Our trip to Plantation Beach Resort on Cayos Cochinos Grande was triggered
by a day trip there several years prior, sponsored by AKR on Roatan.  At
first, we weren't sure if we'd like the "remoteness" of the
resort (The resort is only accessible by boat, generally from La Ceiba),
but within five minutes of our arrival, we were positive that we made the
right decision.  We were the only clients at the resort that week, missing
eight people the week before and a full house the week after, so we had the
place to ourselves.  That didn't stop the staff from catering to us,
though.  The food was very good, and plentiful.  If you went hungry, it was
your own fault.  Breakfast consisted of the usual fare:  eggs, bacon,
sausage, french toast, pancakes, cereal, etc., although the menu changed
daily.  Lunch and dinner varied from typical "American" food to
local Honduran dishes.  Soft drinks, beer and a limited selection of liquor
was available from an Honor Bar in the dining room.  Occasionally, we were
joined for dinner by people who sailed into the area and moored in the

Our room was more than adequate for our needs, and was located up the
hillside, just a short walk from the dining room.  The floor was tiled, and
a ceiling fan over the bed helped to keep us cool at night.  The shower was
screened in on two sides, providing a beautiful view of the bay below.

Three boat dives per day - two in the morning, one in the afternoon -
unlimited shore diving, plus a night dive were included in the package. 
Because there were only two of us, we were ferried to the dive sites by
small runabout, rather than taking the large dive boat, Melissa.  Tank
fills generally topped out at 3100 psi.  Roger (manager, instructor,
divemaster, mechanic, etc.) provided detailed dive site briefings,
explaining the characteristics of the site plus aquatic life known to
inhabit the area.  Danny (boat captain) knows the sea, and was able to find
sea mounts without any problems.  He was also very helpful with dive
equipment and photo gear when getting in and out of the boat. 

Aquatic life was plentiful, but we didn't see anything out of the ordinary
worth writing about.  Our mission on this trip was macro photography, so
even if something big was there, we probably would have missed it.

After diving, we tooled around the bay on sea kayaks, provided by the
resort.  We also spent some time hiking - one evening to the lighthouse on
the top of the island, and another to a neighboring village.  Overall, this
was a very relaxing week.  We're planning on returning next year.

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