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Dive Review of TGI Diving/Henry Morgan Beach Resort in

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Celia Liner, MS, US
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Report Number 6156
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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

Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemaster set length of dive (usu 45-50 min); max depth; stay with group.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
No specified area for UWP; had rinse bucket but no tables, charging
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
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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