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Dive Review of Plantation Beach Resort in
Honduras/Cayos Cochinos

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Don Beukers, CA, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 3842
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk Lagoon, Palau, Fiji, Australia, Hawaii, Caymans, Cozumel, Belize,
other Caribbean islands. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 25    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We only dove with the dive master,since he was familiar with the locations
and critters. max of 90', mostly everything was at 60' or less.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    

We came as a group of 7 divers, one of which was just certified.
The luggage and dive equipment was delayed by the airline (Islena Air) from
San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba, but staying in La Ceiba the first night we
anticipated the luggage to be delivered to the hotel the following day,
wrong, delivered to the resort two days later. The group was transferred by
van to Sambo Creek for a one-hour panga ride crossing to the island resort.
We were 7 of 9 people at the resort and were given our rooms. Three of the
rooms were together with a view of the bay; the fourth was near the
bar/restaurant area. The rooms were okay with ceiling fans and lots of
louvered window area to get a good cross ventilation. It appears that the
word maintenance does not exist in this resort, i.e., one of the instant
hot water heaters did not work, Roger Remington, the manager, was notified
and he said he knew it didn't work but would look into the problem. After a
couple of days, we took it upon ourselves to check out the heater and
remedied the problem by cleaning out a gas jet thus allowing the instant
heater to operate correctly. What took us ten minutes might not have been
done for a couple of more days.
The kayaks were there but there was only one single paddle. The dive boat
had a plastic 50-gallon tank (tied with a rope to the railing) filled with
diesel with two hoses (fuel & return) going to the engine; the built-in
tank was "contaminated and unusable". (however the boat was just
in for repairs two days before) There were some people that arrived for a
stay of a couple of days and these people were put in some old rooms that
had a railing about to fall down, no shower head in one of the shower
stalls, needless to say they were not impressed.
The food was very good, served buffet style from the bar.
Had we not brought some wine (two cases) with us, there would not have been
any to drink, no fixings for Margaritas other than the tequila, overall the
bar needed restocking which would not happen until Thursday.
The gift shop was non-existent and had there been one would have made a
lot of additional money for the resort; everyone wants a tee shirt or hat.
Suggestion: just a little maintenance would do wonders and get things back
on track.

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