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

TGI Diving/Henry Morgan Beach Resort, Jul, 2011,

by Celia Liner, MS, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 6156.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fl Keys, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, St Kitts, Statia, Saba, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster set length of dive (usu 45-50 min); max depth; stay with group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No specified area for UWP; had rinse bucket but no tables, charging stations.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Once you got on the boat, the diving was good. However, Henry Morgan on Roatan is not a dive resort even though it has a dive operator on premises. TGI Divers has two large dive boats that were configured for approximately 24 divers each-fortunately our group was large enough to be split into two groups on two boats and they hired an independent operator to provide the second boat for us. Max number in our group was 9 to start, then divers dwindled as people started getting sick with some sort of grunge that was passed around. The divemasters were very knowledgeable and eager to show off their divesites. Our DM, Lindy, was superb. Sites ranged from shallow, sandy eel gardens to gorgeous walls with moderate currents. Since we were on the West End, most of the dive sites we visited were sheltered without any currents at all. However, once you rounded the bend heading toward Coxen Hole you lost the shelter from the wind and currents. Compared to most of the Cozumel drift diving I'm used to, this was pretty slow and easy. Starting Sunday, we made 3 dives per day, and it wasn't until Tuesday that we started seeing some turtles. There were some, but not many. Great viz most of the time. Good diving for beginners and those who haven't traveled much to more diverse environments. The corals and sponges were spectacular, althought I saw Elkhorn coral on only one dive. There was noticeable coral death in areas and fewer tropical fish than I had expected for the south end of the Great Mayan Reef. I saw few juvenile fish and huge lionfish. Is there a correlation?? Our divemaster wasn't interested in killing the lionfish as we spotted them, and in my opinion that is a critical mistake. For the first time, I saw a "pack" of 4 large adult lionfish hunting together in a 20 sq ft area, and none of the lionfish I saw that trip were the least bit wary of divers. Bad sign for the local fish. We went on an expensive shark dive ($99) with another operator for about 25 minutes in the water, but we did have the chance to swim around with about 8-10 female Caribbean Reef sharks during the trip. Awesome animals! The one night dive I went on was nice, but the best part was turning off the lights to see bioluminescent strings of pearls. That was unforgettable! There was one deep wreck dive that I had to miss because the grunge going around prevented equalizing. Followed a pod of Pilot whales one morning and tried to snorkel with them. The down side to the entire dive trip was the lack of a dock for the boats. You have to carry everything out to the boat (including weights) everyday. You could leave the weights on the boat if you were diving consecutive days, but there was no one available to assist you with toting your gear back and forth (unless you had a spouse to enlist). That got old fast, especially after the 3-4 days. Now to the resort. Not good news. Besides the voracious no see-ums (that could eat thru Deet), the ho-hum food, shortage of liquor as well as variety of adult beverages, the guest rooms had bathrooms that should be scrubbed with bleach every day and sprayed for bugs. Can't drink the water, can't flush paper in the toilets. OK. I can live with that--I realize Americans are spoiled in many ways. But mold in the shower and walls? Not responding to maintenance calls about broken outside door locks? Towel shortages?? Those are problems with the property--not the island environment. The front desk refused to take my credit card because they couldn't get a manual imprint from it (not so in the dive shop). I finally convinced them that they could write in the information and they let me use it. Not a resort I would visit again, but the diving was overall very good and the operator had terrific experienced divemasters.
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