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Dive Review of Bay Island Beach Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

Bay Island Beach Resort, Feb, 2007,

by Michael Kreeger, MS, Jackson . Report 3229.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Gulf Coast, Florida Key, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions DM would call depth "always generous" and time before dive, but would allow divers to stay down till 600 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 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 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Great MACRO...camera tank on boat broght camera back to room to work on it.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments BIBR was a wonderful place the small resort allowed you to have between 5-10 divers per boat (I watched one boat go out with just two divers). The DM's were great at finding little critters and after the first day once they watched you dive they let you dive your own profile.

The rooms are all air conditioned and daily maid service kept the rooms very clean. The grounds were even kept amazingly clean with staff sweeping all walkways, raking the beach, and grass daily.

The food was consitently good not great but much better than you would expect in a 3rd world country. Cooked to order breakfest and lunch, dinner was a set menu but they would prepare substitues for diet issues.

The staff both resort and dive were extremly friedly and always looking to do things to make your trip better. On my day of departure I watched them send an extra DM out with a boat that had a new guest that was elderly and physically handicaped to make sure she had some one to help her.

For non divers or no dive days the resort will handle booking activities all over the island and just add it to your bill.

BIBR is a wonderful place for a diver looking to get 3-4 dives per day. The one shore dive sight is a bit of a swim so 5 dives would be a challenge by the end of the week. However the 3 boat dives and a drop off dive at the shore site would be easy. Typical dive packages are for a week 3 boat dives a day one night dive per week. They offer special charters if guest want to get together to get more diving in or go to utila. I imagine if you go with a group and take on the whole boat for the week a deal could be made for 4 boat dives a day for a little extra $. The resort has a real family atmospher everyone eats together and by the end of the week hugs not hand shakes are the norm. I plan to return, this was a great trip.
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