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August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Joseph LeRoy, wis, usa
Report Number 2097
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
throughout the wider Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
I've been to Roatan 5 times, with trips to Utilla and Guanaja. Until
lately, I was forced to fly TACA airlines to get there. They have the worst
service of any airline I've ever used-including little 12 seat island
hoppers. They once took my party of 8 people to belize, guatemala,and
several other central american countries, along with 3 cities in Honduras
and a flight over the Pacific coast on what was supposed to be a 2+ hr
direct flight from Houston to Roatan. During this trip we were constantly
lied to. When we got upset, the local Taca staff sent us to any other
destination, just to make us somebody else's problem. This 2 hour trip took
us 2 days including an overnight stay! I watched as they removed some of
our bags and left them on the runway so that they could accomodate some new
passengers that boarder along the way. We had to stand in front of the
plane and refuse to move. After the pilots, the airport manager, and
several armed security people took turns screaming in spanish and english
at us and each other, the pilots grudgingly relented and reloaded our
luggage onto the plane-all the while complaining about being overweight and
unsafe. The concept of removing the new passengers' luggage was
unthinkable.! upon arrival in Roatan, they had managed to lose one diver's
complete luggage, both dive gear and personal items. The luggage arrived a
week later-just in time for the return trip. I'm not the only one with bad
experiences with TACA-They are famous among my friends for total
indifference and incredibly bad service. I contacted TACA and related my
experience and dissatisfaction(politely) and they told me in so many
words,tough luck, and they made no effort to make things right by us.
Aparently they are the classic government run burocracy and are not
interested in providing even minimal service. Save yourself some potential
major problems-fly anyone else!. Continental is now flying direct to Roatan
and I've used them several times without problems.
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