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Dive Review of The Inn of Last Resort in

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Leslie Bardelli, CT, USA
Report Number 2086
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Grand Cayman, Jamica, Maine
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depths were suggested for each site.  Time 50-60 mins average.  Wrecks with
depths 100ft time limit of 25-30 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There are no facilities on the shore for photographers.  The boats each
have a camera rinse tank.  They also have a dry area over the engine cover
to store cameras prior to the dive.  Rooms offer plenty of room to spread
out to assemble photo gear.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
If your looking for a dive resort that is laid back with great diving, good
food, large clean rooms and friendly staff than think about a visit to The
Inn of Last Resort on Roatan.  In May, my husband and I set off for our 6th
visit to our Caribbean home away from home.  

The Inn is situated on Gibson Bight on the road to the West End.  It is a
ride off the main road over bumpy terrain.  The resort is made up of 4
buildings that form a rectangle with tropical plantings in between.  3 of
the buildings house 10 guest rooms, 5 on each floor.  The fourth houses the
dining room, bar, TV, pool table, gift shop  and library (all purpose). 
Each guest room is large with 1 queen and 2 single beds, 2 ceiling fans, AC
and a small, but functional bathroom.  The closets are large and open.  All
the buildings have long benches out in front, so there is plenty of space
to sit, or dry gear, whatever.

The meals are a fixed menu, only one item each meal, but they can
accommodate dietary restrictions without any problem.  The food is good and
plentiful.  Appetizers  are served at the bar prior to dinner.  Lunch and
Dinner are followed by dessert.  Watch out or your wet suit will be a bit
small by then end of the week.

How about the diving.  The Inn has 2 large boats (# 3 is on the way) that
can hold 15-18 divers comfortable.  We only had that many divers on 3-4
days in 14 days of diving.  The dive shop is just a few steps away from the
boats and if you like the staff with take care of you gear once you bring
it down your first day.  Because the resort sits in the middle of the
marine park, they do 3 single tank boat dives daily.  The sites are mostly
within 15 minutes and surface interval is done back at the resort.  Dives
always have a divemaster leading them, but if the boat is moored you can go
off on your own.  They suggest depth and time was generally limited to 50 -
60 minutes each dive.  

The underwater life on Roatan is very healthy and plentiful.  My husband
and I are into photography and the macro life is incredible.  Bigger fish,
turtles, Eagle Rays are seen, but not with great frequency.  We are into
the little things and each trip we find a few creatures that are new to us.
 The resort does one boat night dive a week as well as a trip to each of
the wrecks, El Agilia and Odyssey.  

If 3 dives a day is not enough for you then try a shore dive from the
Lagoon.  The Inn has a private lagoon that let you out into the site called
Fish Den.  I cant tell you how many times we have dove Fish Den in 6 years
and it is still one our favorites.  It is very easy to navigate.  Ask the
dive staff for tanks a few hours before and they will be waiting on the
dock for you.  To get to Fish Den just snorkel out to the white ball
marking a cut in the coral, follow the sand channels and your there.  The
Fish Den bouy marks a coral head, go past and the channel opens to the
reef.  Right or left the choice is yours.  Left is my favorite.

The lagoon itself is only about 6-10 feet deep and has a lot of life in it.
 We did a night dive/snorkel in the lagoon and came away amazed at the
life, 2 octopus, cushion sea star, lots of sand anemones, lots of brittle
star out and moving, eels.  One evening we saw a Spotted Eagle Ray in there
as well.  We head down to the lagoon every evening for the sunset, we are
rarely disappointed.  The lagoon is my favorite spot, in one of the
hammocks for that first cup of coffee in the morning.  I just sit and
listen to the water over the reef.

The Inn of Last Resort is a great place to get away from it all.  Eat,
sleep, dive, dive, dive, maybe read a book.  What more could you ask for in
a vacation.  For me, this is heaven.
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