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Dive Review of Bananarama Dive Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

Bananarama Dive Resort, Nov, 2004,

by Jeffrey S. Levine, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 2156.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive times were 45 minutes to one hour depending on individual air consumption. During the last dive of the day we could stay out longer. Divers were reminded to follow safe diving practices. Experienced divers could go deeper but were asked to stay somewhat near group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Bananarama Dive Resort is located approximately 100 feet of West Bay Beach in Roatan. The resort has a large shop with dive and snorkel gear for rental and a smaller amount for sale. They are an authorized Scubapro shop. They have three dive boats but usually use the largest. Dive groups typically consist of no more than six to eight divers but could theoretically contain more if there are cruise ship passengers in town. The instructors, Anja and Liber (a husband/wife couple) are very methodical and organized. Adherence to safe diving practices is emphasized.

Bananarama does not have a dock by the resort. The carrying of dive gear to and from the boat is usually split between the resort and the diver with everyone lending a hand as needed. The dive sites are mostly within a five to ten minute boat ride. In winter months, they drive over to the south side of the island where the water is calmer. Most dive times are initially given as 45 minutes but lasted up to an hour depending on air consumption. They run two dives in the morning with a surface interval on the boat or in town. They also run one or two dives in the afternoon depending on need. Experienced divers could go deeper than the main group if they stayed in the same general area. There are lots of great Caribbean tropical fish, some turtles, grouper, parrot fish, a rare seahorse, and green morays. Rinse tanks including a separate one for cameras are at the shop upon return. They also now offer Nitrox!

The resort itself is comfortable. Rooms have optional A/C, cable TV, and a private bath. The suites have a separate bedroom. The owner lives on site and there is a security guard at night. A complimentary breakfast is included.

This is overall a great resort and dive operation.
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