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Dive Review of Plantation Beach Resort in
Honduras/Cayos Cochinos

Plantation Beach Resort, Jan, 2008,

by Don Beukers, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 3842.

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

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 25 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 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 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments PLANTATION BEACH RESORT

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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