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Dive Review of TGI Diving/Henry Morgan Resort in

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by John Drummond, CA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6426
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Cozumel, French Polynesia, Cancun, Hawaiian Islands (all), Aruba,
Grand Cayman, Curacao, Bermuda, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 feet.  Back to the boat with 700 lbs  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I am not a photographer
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
My week of diving at the Henry Morgan Resort in Roatan in November of 2011
was a major disappointment.  I should break it into two components:  the
resort, and the dive operator, TGI.  The resort was the bigger problem.  I
have learned not to have high expectations of any but the very highest end
of all-inclusive resorts.  But Henry Morgan fell well below my modest
expectations.  The food was very poor.  But understanding the menu was
easy.  Lunch tomorrow would invariably be what you could not manage to eat
at dinner today.  And, the sluggish food delivery process amplified the
problem.  Breakfast was the worst.  There was a single service line, with
an eggs-to-order station at the end.  Everyone stood in line waiting for
all the food while one, or occasionally two, servers sluggishly prepared
omelettes for those who wanted them.  (Divers! You are too polite. Why did
you stand there like orderly sheep?).  There were other annoyances.  (I
hope I dont seem too petty here.)  You could not get coffee anywhere on
the premises until the cafeteria opened at seven (or thereabouts).  That
resulted in something like a shark frenzy at the cafeteria door and, as a
result, an instantly long line at the breakfast buffet.  Oh, BTW, you
couldnt pour your own coffee.  Everyone waited for a single server to fill
the cups and add the milk and sugar if you wanted it.  By the time you had
your coffee and food you could hear the engines of the dive boat idling
impatiently.  And dont let me forget the bar . . . . you expect small
watery drinks and slow bar service at an all inclusive.   Expectation met.
With respect to the accommodations, some of the rooms (including mine) were
very reasonable, but some of our group were upgraded to casitas that were
(puzzlingly) less well appointed (smaller, no drawer space) and far, far
from the lobby and dining room.  As a smaller knock, the serpentine
pathways and wooden walkways to them were very poorly lit.
The dive operation was better, but still something of a disappointment. 
The staff and the boats were good.  The reef had healthy, attractive corals
and a fish population that felt somewhat modest but was nonetheless
reasonable.  But (and I should have asked for an explanation), the dive
boats did not carry tanks for the second dive, and they returned to the
shop between dives to pick them up.  You may have already seen the
implication.  The boat never went far from the shop.  The result was that
all the dives felt much the same, with only minor variations in reef
topography.  (In fairness, and to be complete, on the last day, we did in
fact go round the west end of the island to do a single tank of very
different diving off the south west shore.)   Had there been more dive
variety, I might have been bothered less by another annoyance.   There was
no dock.  The boat anchored off the beach with the stern in 4-5 feet of
water.  Its a small thing, but every time you got dry, it was time to get
wet again wading ashore (with whatever you wanted to keep dry held over
your head).
The price of the trip was attractive.  But I wont bite this hook again. 
Time is the valuable commodity, and I fell far short of making good use of
that precious resource on this trip.  
Disclosure:  I have absolutely no financial association with or interest in
any dive related business.
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