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Dive Review of Reef House Resort in
Honduras/Bay Islands

Reef House Resort, Apr, 2007,

by John Woolley, WA, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 3578.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Washington State, Australia, Belize, Bali
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Maintain the pace set by the dive master, with some leeway for wandering off.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 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 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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