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Dive Review of Reef House Resort in
Honduras/Bay Islands

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by John Woolley, WA, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 3578
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Washington State, Australia, Belize, Bali
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maintain the pace set by the dive master, with some leeway for wandering
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Because of Internet research, we had a very good idea of what the resort
was like.  This meant that we were expecting a friendly, basic, diver
oriented experience, which is exactly what we got.  The first lovely
surprise was the Saturday afternoon dive on arriving: wasn't expecting
that.  The second lovely surprise was the open, honor system bar.  As 50
something divers, we were always too tired to drink more than a few
friendly beers with the other divers, but the relaxed environment made this
a pleasent experience.

Rooms were nice, but if you want five star, go somewhere else.  Food was
good and filling, but if you want gourmet, go somewhere else.  If you want
genuinly friendly, laid back, choose the Reef House.

As to diving, its always relative.  The advantage of the Bay Islands is
that diving is close.  It was boat diving, but trips were short.  Our
Caribbean point of reference is Belize.  The reefs in Belize are in better
shape as is the fish life.  Having said that, all the dives were enjoyable,
as was the diving company, and the dive master was superb.  It seems that
all of the divers were fairly experienced, and, everybody knew what they
were getting themselves into regarding the basic but friendly resort.

In summary: very friendly place to stay, comfortable rooms, comfortable
food, good diving, at a very reasonable price.  That said, Roatan more
generally has a big issue with the health of its reef and the provision of
basic infrastructure to its booming (Gringo based) development.  We felt
totally safe at the resort and felt totally safe walking around the small
town where its located.  This is not necessarily the case for the rest of
Roatan: it has some troubles brewing.
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