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Dive Review of Bannarama/Cabana Roatana in

Bannarama/Cabana Roatana, Mar, 2005,

by Larry Polster, IN, USA . Report 1924.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is definitely location is for avid divers, not much else to see and do other than enjoy the sun at West Bay. The Cabanna Roatana is more like camping with indoor plumbing, but you are right on the beach and can walk to the dive boat a hundred yards away. Most dive sites are within 15 to 20 minutes and offer walls, reefs, and many swim thru formations with calm waters. The South shore offers great drift diving that shot us thru more than 1 dive site that is great for experienced divers, but may intimidate a newbie.

Our dive masters, Liber from Cuba and Anya from Germany put safety first and always gave us a pre-dive brief. Since they are both photographers, they were always pointing out the small critters one could over look while working on bigger shots. They are professionals with 5 plus years each, but take the time to make sure everyone is comfortable and in the water before leading the dive.

Experienced dive buddies could go about without interference from dive masters, but had to stay in visual contact. Bottom time was usually 60 minutes, there was no hurry to get you up and out at 45 minutes like some cattle car operations. They have two boats, and usually had on 4 to 8 divers, but it could get crowded on the days the cruise ships stopped.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving St. Croix, Bonaire, Cozumel, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions After check out dive, dive masters would lead dive at 65' to 80', but allow you to dive 120' with computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Shot digital, Nikon 5000 with Light & Motion enclosure, lots of turtles, morays, nurse sharks, and plenty of coral banded shrimp, christmas tree worms, and other small critters for macro work.
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