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Dive Review of Aqua Aventures/Media Luna resort and spa in

Aqua Aventures/Media Luna resort and spa: "good if you get it cheap", Dec, 2018,

by Susan Bartley, ON, canada (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10809 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Roatan has been on my bucket list for some time, but the resorts that are offered from Canada are just so-so. Media Luna came up, and the reviews have come up a little, and the price was right, a week before Christmas, so we jumped at the opportunity.
The house reef is amazing as everyone says. The reef is just off from the dive shop a short swim away. We chose to do only shore diving as we had just dropped a ton of cash diving in Mexico the month before, and we were here only for the week.
Shore diving was $20 a dive and is only available during the dive shops open hours from 8-4(5?). That was not a deal breaker for us, but i know some want to do night diving, and this you will have to do through the dive shop as a guided tour.
We would show up at 9 get the tanks, walk to the end of the pier, drop them off and walk back a short distance to get our gear (we brought our stuff with us) from where you can store your gear. Easy.
Put your gear together and either drop in your gear and dress in the water, do a giant stride, or use the ladder to get into the water. (there are pictures on the Aqua Adventures web site of the pier).
The formations are amazing. You can go to the right, and you will soon hit the other side of the bay, or go left and go on and on.
We liked going left. You would see more fish that way. The colors, the wall, (in places, it goes waaaay down) are amazing.
I would say the only thing I was disappointed in was the amount of fish. Some days, there weren't that many. The last day, tons.
We didn't see any turtles either.
We did long dives, the longest being 97 minutes and didn't feel that not doing any boat dives that we were missing out on anything. The formations here certainly kept you busy poking around looking for critters.
We came the week before Christmas, and the closer to Christmas the fuller the boat became. Really not into cattle boats.
The resort itself it a 3 star. The food was pretty basic the first couple of days, and cold sometimes...a concern for food poisoning!! The closer to Christmas, the fuller the resort, the better the food got.
The drinks are terrible. Bring stuff from the duty free from home or go to a gas station in Roatan for cheap bottles of booze.
Also bring lots of bug spray.
Also it is listed in the room, but other than the water they charge for everything else, the pop in the fridge, hubby made coffee in the room and got charged $1. We brought 1 1/2 liter bottles empty with us in the luggage to fill with fresh water to drink and rinse off after a shower (there is no fresh water on the island, it all has a hint of salt in it). The bottles they give you in the room, 3 of them, are tiny, and you will be filling them up constantly.
We loved the cabanas, no noisy neigbors, but even though we were close to the dive shop we still could hear the thumping of the music when they did their shows...waaay too loud for those that want to go to sleep earlier. (I brought a noise therapy machine with us and that helped quite a bit)
We will be coming back here, as we did love the diving, and I would love to come back for 2 weeks and do some boat diving to compare with the shore diving, but only if the price is right.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Maui, Kauai, Big island, columbia, florida, ontario, Mayan Riveria
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas choppy
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions all the diving we did was from shore so no restrictions as we just were diving by ourselves
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments we only did shore diving. the formations, and sponges were amazing.
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By Éric Besner in QC, CA at Feb 01, 2020 15:00 EST  
I'm scheduled to go for the last week of April 2020. The report is useful in setting my expectations. thanks.
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