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Dive Review of Plantation Beach Resort in
Honduras/Cayos Cochinos

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Daniel O. Benson, OR, US
Contributor   (18 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5386
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, New guinea, Hawaii, Solomons, St. Vincents, Cuba, Mexico,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't get hurt.  The divemasters were helpful if needed, but treat you like
responsible adult divers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Safe place for cameras on boat.  They will place rinse tank on boat if
needed, but short boat trip to dive sites make this unnecessary.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Cayos Cochinos
You can mark this as one of the best dive values in the world right now!
Getting there: Several airlines fly to San Pedro Sulu (SAP) including
Continental, Delta, Spirit, Mexicana and TACA. You then must travel to
La Cieba via small airline ($100.00 pp), van ($150.00 for the whole van
divided among the number of passengers) (3 hours) , intercity bus ($40.00
pp) or the chicken bus ($25.00 pp)(interminable) . You will need to
overnight in La Cieba. The next day a small boat will take you from La
Cieba to Cayos Cochinos.  This  1 1/2 hour boat trip always
leaves in the morning.  Cayos Cochinos staff will help you make
all these arrangements.
The resort: The resort is small and simple. Rooms are spacious and
clean. Rooms have overhead fans but no air conditioning. Most have resident
geckos. Rooms are generally quiet but things can fall from the trees at
night onto the roof and wake a light sleeper. Earplugs are always a good
The main lodge (where the bar is located, socializing is done and meals are
served) has satellite internet access and a wireless LAN set up. Non-diving
activities include snorkeling, swimming, hiking, kayaking and visits to
outer islands. Hammocks and a large array of books are available. Topside
photography opportunities abound. A TV is in the lodge along with a large
selection of DVDs.There is NO SHOPPING. 
Food: Food is served family style and is very good. Three meals a day are
served and included in the price of your dive package.  Alcohol and sodas
cost extra. 
Diving:  The Cayos Cochinos have been a marine preserve for many years
and it really shows. Marine life (including corals) are very healthy and
some of the best in the Caribbean. We saw several large (4'+ Grouper),
large octopus, toad fish, many other varieties of fish, and lots of other
healthy stuff. 
Staff: The entire staff at Cayos is friendly and competent. The dive staff
is absolutely fabulous.  We've been diving all over the world, and they are
some of the best we've encountered.  Robin and Mike treat you according to
your abilities.  If you are accomplished divers they treat you as such. You
can plan your own dives and take responsibility for yourself if
appropriate. For one hour plus divers, this is the place for you! If you
need assistance they are available as well. The diving is very easy. There
is little or no current. You don't touch your gear all week, and they even
rinse your wet suit.
Weather:  This is the second time we have visited Cayos. The first time was
in May. At that time the weather was great and the visibility was awesome.
This time was in February and the area had experienced a series of storms.
We lost 3 days of diving and had to be transported to the mainland early
because of rough seas and rain. So be sure to check into the weather before
planning your trip. 
Photo and Video: There is no shortage of subject matter for the underwater
photographer and videographer. Robin and Mike are great spotters.  You can
spend as much time photographing the subject as you wish.  When you are
done they will guide you to the next great subject!
Summary: If you want a laid back atmosphere with good diving and great
value, this is a place to consider. We will go back again. Remember those
good feeling you have about camp when you were a kid? Find them again at
Cayos Cochinos! For more information, see the National Geographic Adventure
Magazine February 2008.  This article lists Cayos Cochinos as one of the 12
tickets to paradise.
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