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Dive Review of Subway Watersports/Turquoise Bay Resort in

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Bruscke, NJ, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4818
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Cancun, Caymans, Dominican Republic, New Jersey
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No explicit restrictions; however, we followed guides (who were diving 3 X
7 per week) who observed safe profiles (rarely deep, multi-level).  Doubt
whether they would allow divers to go off on their own.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
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  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Submarine Watersports is a 2-shop dive operation with another branch a few
miles away; overlapping site territories.  Generally stick relatively close
to resort.  Therefore, typically, they return to the resort dock for
surface interval.  Shop is very professionally run by Emily.  Very
accommodating to anything a diver might need.  
    Compressor room is large, well ventilated, clean and orderly.  Two
compressors; a large compressor for air and a smaller compressor dedicated
to continuous-mixing 32% nitrox.  
    Submarine Ws is a training center, including training dive masters. 
They seem to make this a specialty.  So, they had several intern DMs
available and usually 1 or 2 on each dive.  No shortage of staff/diver
ratio.  Staff are all extremely accommodating; they will do everything for
you.  (If you carry any of your own gear they will promptly chime in
"We will do that for you").  If you prefer to doff your rig
before climbing up the ladder they will haul it in for you.  
    Roatan has lots of dive sites; all with moorings.  Don't have to repeat
sites if you don't want to.  DMs take care to provide variety.  DMs were
very competent, graduates of Submarine's DM training program. 
    Boats are relatively small so they couldn't possibly be used for a
cattle-boat type operation.  Smallest boat was very comfortable with: 4 or
5 guests; captain, DM, 1 or 2 interns.  Probably could have handled 1 more
guest without trouble.
    Dive shop & dock are short stroll from dining room & office of
the hotel.  Kitchen will make you a sandwich for a surface interval snack. 
Plenty of time between 2'nd morning dive and afternoon dive for lunch.  
    Resort features "American Plan" so eating isn't a hassle. 
You can have lobster for lunch and dinner every day; other dishes are
wonderful as well.  Dining and other resort staff are extraordinarily
friendly and solicitous.  They are happy to do anything for you.  
    Rooms are large (even by American standards) and very comfortable. 
Pattern is 4 rooms per bungalow with the buildings spread out over a very
large campus.  Even if full, would be no sensation of being crowded.  
    WiFi service is available.  1'st hour of usage is free; they post that
they charge for additional usage, but told me that they often didn't
charge; no charge for my overage.  WiFi service was erratic, mostly due to
the ISP rather than the hotel.  I was grateful the service was available at
all in the 3'rd world.   

     The Bay Islands of Honduras are peculiar in that the mother-tongue is
English rather than Spanish.  Therefore, almost everyone speaks English;
unless he is a trans-plant from the mainland, in which case, he's apt to
speak only Spanish.  So, getting around and getting along in English is
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