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Dive Review of Pura Vida in

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Randy Klumph, OR, US
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Report Number 4316
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, South Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety stop starts at 750PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Crew took care, handling UWP equipment, but boats lacked a fresh water
container. Although, the boat trips are so short it is not critical.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was our 3rd trip to Roatan (March 1998, Feb 2000). We stayed 2 weeks
on the island, renting a house in West End. We walked daily to the Pura
Vida dive shop. The staff at Pura Vida were very professional. All dives
had detailed briefings. The divemasters were conscientious and worked hard
to accommodate diver's needs and wants. The Pura Vida facility and boats
were in good condition. Having a locked equipment room with a private
locker was an unexpected bonus. This being Roatan, we carried our gear from
shop to boat. This is ok with us, but some who have not been here before
should be aware that this is the norm. If you need help, all you have to do
is ask.

The island has changed much over the last several years. On our first trip
in '98 we encountered a friendly, easy-going island that matched our
expectation of Caribbean life. Roatan is experiencing a tourism and real
estate speculation boom that is transforming the island and its culture.
From the moment we got on the plane to the island, to moment of our return,
we were always hearing about investment property, condominium purchases,
etc. all with the urgency of "I must get mine now." Everyone
seemed to be trying to get in on the action. There are now several cruise
ships per week docking at Roatan, with more planned. Food prices are
comparable to restaurants in the US. We paid $17 US for two submarine
sandwiches. Our favorite eatery was the Rotisserie Chicken shack and of
course Dixie's. We had breakfast at Dixie's each morning. Coconut toast,
fresh fruit and coffee, all with a beautiful, lazy view of Half Moon Bay.
Great morning conversations with Dixie and her friendly staff.

Many of the island's children are not going to school anymore, but instead
are on the beaches selling trinkets to cruise shippers. We talked to many
Islanders who are deeply concerned about the future of Roatan. Violent
crime is on the increase and for the first time, we felt the need to be
more cautious. Our house had a private guard.

The diving was outstanding. We were surprised at the amount of coral (our
last visit just after Hurricane Mitch). Lots of fish schools roaming the
reef. A few large groupers and lots of small to medium ones. Many turtles,
Morays, & Lobsters. Roatan diving is among the easiest drift diving,
with boat rides rarely longer than 20 min. A few storms made boat entries a
challenge. Overall, the local dive industry is taking great care of the
reef and Roatan remains a terrific dive destination. 
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