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Dive Review of Bananarama in

Bananarama, Feb, 2006,

by Larry Polster, IN, USA . Report 2308.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was a return trip to Roatan, so no surprises...we packed all the necessary meds like creams, ointments, bug spray (deet), bandaids, etc. because it is difficult to find even in the few pharmacies.

This year the month of Feb. (still the rainy season), dropped rain on us for 6 or 7 days, with 6 to 8 ft. seas, but it didn't stop the diving, only made it chilly during surface interval.

The constant land development is taking it's toll on the reefs with constant slit from rain & run off, but diving most sites still good and the best value in the Caribbean.

For something new, try diving Barbareta and Morat walls on the East side of the island (we stayed at the West end, resturants, rooms, etc.) The East end dive sites are hard to get to and therefore fewer divers. The walls are fantastic, as good as it gets with colorful sponges and corals. There is a noticeable lack of larger fish, they are not used to divers and will hide or swim off. We had Eagle Ray on two of the dives and could not get close enough for a photo.

Several friends went on the shark dive arranged with another dive shop via Bananarama. They said it was very exciting, especially when the feeding frenzy started with the food delivered and they hung on a rope in strong current. I saw the video, dozens and dozens of reef sharks...

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving St. Croix, Australia, Cozumel, Caymans, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 77-79°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions First dive up to 120', second dive 60', if drift dive all ascend together to make it easy for boat captain to pick up
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments After a second request, we had fresh water tub on board for cameras. The dive crew where helpful passing cameras to divers once in the water. After the dive master knew your dive experience, they would let you stop to take photos and request you stay with your buddy, but keep them in sight. They were very good about slowing the pace if an eager photo hound waited for a particualr shot. Friday evenings we all gathered around the shop to view pics on laptops and share adult beverages provided by the divers.
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