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Dive Review of TGI Diving/Henry Morgan Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

TGI Diving/Henry Morgan Resort, Jan, 2007,

by Phil Riley, ON, Canada ( 2 reports). Report 3221.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Australia, Hawaii,
St. Maartin, Aruba, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy system, depth limit as per dive site (nothing over 100 feet).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments TGI Diving offers no camera table or rinse bucket on board the dive boat. I had a video housing and had to put it under the seat away from the sun (at the risk of being damaged by gear). Dive after dive, I had to repeatedly ask a crew member to hand my housing to me in the water.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our first time on this part of Roatan, having only been to Fantasy Island a few times before. Henry Morgan Resort is an all-inclusive that seems to cater primarily to Italian vacationers. The staff are friendly, the accommodations are fine, and the food is pretty good, although a bit repetitious. The buffet offers good selections. The local dive shop, TGI Diving, is basically run by Italians, and as such, some of the staff's accents were hard to follow. However, all were friendly, and for the most part, competent. A white board is set up outside for customers to put their name against upcoming dives as they operate on a first-come-first-served basis. Note that they require 24 hours notice in order to accept a cancellation without charging the customer. This was not mentioned to us when we first arrived and resulted in arguments later in the week. A large rinse tank is available, although one afternoon it was left empty, and a storage facility is available for equipment to be left overnight. Each day the dive boat moored to a small pier located a small walk along the beach. The boat lacked a head and camera facilities, but otherwise was comfortable and very clean. Fresh fruit and bottled water was offered between morning dives. The dive sites had good vis., with varied coral gardens, the usual array of reef fish and hawksbill turtles. The El Aguila cargo ship wreck made for some interesting video. The one incident that spoiled my dive week was the trip to the "Bear's Den" site. That day our usual dive master had the day off and was replaced by the dive master with whom I had the argument earlier in the week regarding their cancellation policy. Most days there would be several groups of divers on the boat, each with their own instructor or dive master(s). This particular day was no exception. In addition to a narrow swim through, the Bear's Den has a cave which gives name to the site. Here, one must enter and exit at the same point. There is a narrow slit in the roof of the cave itself, which allows some sunlight to enter, but one cannot exit at that point. During the dive briefing on the boat our dive master quickly described the site. I asked if there was a true cave or just swim-throughs, mentioning I was not certified for cave diving. He replied there was no cave, just swim-throughs. The dive masters on board did not communicate well with each other regarding their dive plans. Our dive master attempted to lead our group into the cave which has a very tight 90 degree turn while three members of the first group were still trying to exit. We had to back out through this tight opening. Once inside the cave, I noticed some of our group were not with us and we found them huddled together halfway into the cave. They apparently were reluctant to continue since it was clear to them they were entering a fully enclosed area with no easy exit point should the need arise. I asked one of the dive masters later why no special training was required, and was told the reason was the depth was only 40 feet or so. In my opinion, a cave is a cave is a cave, and this should have been made very clear during the briefing. Prior to our second dive, our dive master started his briefing at one end of the boat without calling the rest of his group together. Because of this one dive master, I certainly would not recommend TGI Diving.
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