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Dive Review of Banarama/Mayan Princess in

Banarama/Mayan Princess, Aug, 2004,

by Elaine, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 1918.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments The resort was fantastic. We had a condo just steps from the beach, and the accommodation and staff were great. Staff was very attenative to our wishes and went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied. Food was OK, but inconsistent. We got 5 versions of Nachos in 5 days! We had arranged that we would be using a dive operator where our gear would be carried to the boat, and removed and washed and ready for us the next day. Evidently, the "big boat" for Bananarama was broken, so they put 8 of us on a 6-pack boat. The first day we had to carry our gear through the water and put it on the boat---including weights! Gear set up was in the middle of the boat, and there was not room to walk around it. After diving, we were instructed to again slog our gear (and weights) through the ocean, back to shore and wash and hang it. Diving was one group (no matter the skill) and 45 minutes maximum. Anya, the dive leader didn't watch the group, and simply used her whistle everytime she wanted to check your air. 45 minute dive times were strickly enforced. When we complained to Ron, the owner about slogging and cleaning the gear, he said he would take care of it. When we complained about the 45 minute dive time, he stated that he had a schedule to keep and that all the operators on the island had gotten together and that we would not get more than 45 minutes where ever we were diving. The next day our gear was sitting in a wheel barrow on the beach. We slogged it again. They never did carry or wash our dive gear, and we got the added benefit that the dive leaders would not speak to us for the balance of our diving. We would easily return to Roatan, but never dive with Bananarama again. Not sure how they can be a PADI 5-Star Gold Palm facility.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Keys, Culebra Island, Australia, So California, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-88°F / 28-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Had to follow the dive leader. Max 45 minutes (strictly enforced) no matter air usage. Advanced and Beginner divers together in same group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments On Bananarama's small boat, there was no clean water bucket. On the big boat there was a pickle bucket that was supposed to have fresh water. No place to do anything with your camera on the boat.
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