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Dive Review of Barefoot Divers/Barefoot Cay Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

Barefoot Divers/Barefoot Cay Resort, Mar, 2011,

by Todd Arrants, TN, US ( 2 reports). Report 5982.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Cozumel, Bonaire, St. John, Fl Keys, Fl Panhandle.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 81 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Our depth was specified on each dive and lead by the dive master. Length of dive was based on air comsumption and time. Most dives were around 50 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments We did not take a camera this time, but I did look around. The boats are small and fast but they didn't have tanks for the cameras. Most rides were only a few minutes from their docks. Their onshore facilities looked very good and seperate rinse tank and photo support.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This resort seems to fly a bit under the radar, but it is an excellent resort and dive facility. All Barefoot Divers' dive masters are actually instructors and if we had needed any extra classes, these guys have a great set up for training with a class room and very capable instructors. The shore diving is limited because the resort is behind the reef. However, they have an great "warm up" dive site off their dock with some obstacales and a small boat. Perfect for adjusting weights and checking out the gear. Roatan diving is nice and this shop was as good as any we have been with before. Their boats can be wet if it is rough, which it was, but they are fast and many sites are close by. They will also take you to your requested site. I casually mentioned Calvin's Crack as a site we had enjoyed on our last trip and the next day the seas were calmer and we went up there and did the dive. They also offered us a trip to the West Side one day at no extra charge. We dove the west side and had lunch at a beach bar. The resort van then picked us up and the captain and instructor took our gear and the boat back againist the waves to the dock. We had two jr divers with us (my daughter being one), both very capable. This did dictate some of our dive profiles and depths. I don't feel we missed anything as most eveything in Roatan can be found in <60 feet. Luc (our leader) and Christian (our captain) were excellent. Luc was very good at spotting small life, including pipe fish, sea horses, and Nec Crabs, which look like weeds. Most surface intervals are on the dock since the sites are so close. You can pick any of the three dive each day. They also do a night dive, but we did not chose to do that one on this trip.
Lastly, the dive resort is 5 star. Probably the best maintained property I have ever stayed in and the service is excellent. The only complaint is that breakfast is a little slow, but everything is made fresh. We just had to come a little earlier than a buffet would require to get to the 8:30 dive. The Villas have a pretty complete kitchen as well, so it is easy to go to the store and pick up a few items if you don't want to do the meal plan. Also, they will gladly take you where you would like to go and you can take a cab back.
We look forward to a return trip in the near future!
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