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Dive Review of TGI Diving/Henry Morgan Resort in

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Phil Riley, ON, Canada (2 reports)
Report Number 3221
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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

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Buddy system, depth limit as per dive site (nothing over 100 feet).  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
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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