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Dive Review of Reef House Resort in

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Brad Ford, MS, US (1 report)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All three Caymans, Bonaire, FLA Keys, FLA springs
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
RHR is outstanding for divers who want to dive - 3 tanks from the boat each
day, and as much as you want from shore (wind permitting).  Our first week
the wind was significant from the SE and made shore diving impossible.  The
second week was get-all-you-wanted from shore, and a good dive it was on
the RHR wall.

If you want anything other than dive/eat/sit/sleep repetitively, go

Night dives take the place of the single, afternoon tank on wednesday or
thursday.  The night dive is on Reef House wall and is great.  

Divemaster David (Dah-veed) and captain Choco were great.  David is the
seahorse whisperer, finding seahorses on nearly every dive, and numerous

David dives his plan as briefed on each dive, and you're free to follow
along or do your own thing if you want.  Generally, dives were 60 minutes,
down to about 80 ft along the wall, returning along the top of the wall,
30-40ft or across the shallows.  Nobody got in a stir if you wanted to do
it differently and extend the dive.

David didn't like it much when a few blew off the 15/3min safty stop.

Boat rides are very short, 5 up to about 20 minutes if heading east to Port
Royal on a windy day.  The only other dive boats we saw were cocoview boats
on Calvin's Crack (2 mornings the second week).  We never saw another boat
east of Calvins crack.

Air Fills consistently 3100-3400 psi.

The dives from the first week repeated during the second week.  I could
have repeated them again and again.  

A couple of days we encountered a bit of current, so did drift dives to
avoid the return trip against the current.

The main players:  Mike is the owner and lives on-site.  David and Choco
I've already talked about.  Leonardo is the maintenance man.  I think he
could fix a nuclear submarine with duct tape and a coat hanger.  Our a/c
quit one day after dinner, and he had it fixed/replaced before we got back
from a night dive.  I can't say enough good things about the kitchen

Everybody goes out of their way to make sure everything is good for you.

Flights:  We flew directly from/to Atlanta on Saturday in time to eat lunch
and dive the PM single-tank.  No muss, no fuss.  There are also direct
flights on Continental from/to Houston.

Accomodations:  It's a dive place.  Each of 11 (I think) rooms has 2 queen
beds, A/C + ceiling fans, small flatscreen TV/satellite, ample hot water. 
It's not luxurious, but clean and comfortable.  One idiosyncracy:  When you
flush the commode it refills slooowlly via a saltwater pump and won't flush
again for about 15 minutes, so schedule accordingly.  This may have been
unique to our room (S2) - I meant to ask, but forgot.

Food:  You'll gain weight.  3 large meals each day.  Breakfast is bacon +
eggs/omelette/pancakes/frenchtoast/juice/tang/coffee.  Lunch is usually
wraps(2 large)/fajitas/shrimp/or the like.  Dinnter is a small salad,
meat/fish/shrimp+starch and a homemade dessert.  The food is not gourmet,
but it is very good, well-prepared, and plenty.  RHR was more than willing
to accomodate those who had dietary preferences/restrictions, e.g., on the
nights when seafood was served the non-seafood-eaters asked for and got
chicken.  But, remember, you're in the relative wilderness of Roatan - by
that I mean you don't get choices - meals are served and you get the nights
offering unless you tell the kitchen staff or Mike you'd like something

Friday night dinner is steak and lobster.

Mike starts the coffee at about 0600 every day.  If you get up earlier (I
do) he'll give you a key and you can start the coffee as early as you want
- it was always ready to go, just push the buttons.

The honor bar:  If you want something from the bar (soft
drinks/beer/cocktails) you get it/mix it and make a tick mark on a 3x5
card.  Your bar tab is settled at the end.

Facilities:  Two dive boats, one carrying 12 divers, the other 6-8.  Both
old, but good diving platforms.  Our first week we had 7 or less on the big
boat.  The second week we had 11 or less on the big boat, and a group of
students went out on the smaller boat with Mike (owner/instructor).  

The equipment room is part of the dock, and has plenty of hanging
space/hangers.  There are cubbies for fins/masks/etc.  

Two fresh water rinse tanks on the dock, cleaned and refilled daily.

The only negative:  I marked them down a bit in eco-awareness for one
reason:  There was a "photographer" there that should have never
been allowed outside a pool.  Her idea of diving was to bulldoze the bottom
while waiting on David to find a little critter, then bulldoze in to get
the shot, then bulldoze out while the little critter disappears in the
swirling fin-blast, and shreds of sponge and seafan float away (I
exaggerate, but not much).  This should have been stopped after one dive,
but went on for a week.

Summary:  We were thoroughly thrilled with our 2 weeks there and we're
going back asap.  The diving is good and easy.  The people are great.  

If you want to dive, eat, sit on the deck with a cold beer in the evening
this is the place.  
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