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Dive Review of Cabañas at Clark’s Cay in

Cabañas at Clark’s Cay: "Outstanding resort, great food, spectacular diving", Oct, 2019,

by Rob Pittman , TX, US ( 1 report with 4 Helpful votes). Report 11176 has 4 Helpful votes.

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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 N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Clark’s Cay is a small island located near Guanaja. Once we arrived at Guanaja via Lansha from Roatan airport, it was a short walk to the dock where we were taken by boat to Clark’s. The resort staff met us at the airport and took care of our baggage from there. The resort handled our transfer and reservations on Lansha.

The resort is small but well-appointed. There is a pool and a lazy river near the bar for relaxing after diving. Also available are SUPs and kayaks. Rooms were air-conditioned with ceiling fans. We had a comfortable king-size bed and a large shower. There was a wrap-around deck with Adirondack chairs for lounging and a private clothesline for drying those wet items at the end of the day. Laundry service is included and occurs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which is very nice since you only need to pack a couple of changes, and aren’t faced with doing a mountain of laundry upon your return home. There is also a wellness center, and optional massages available ($50/hour). Tipping is done at the end of your stay and is distributed throughout the staff.

Dining is outstanding. The chef has 15 years experience with Four Seasons, and is degreed by the Culinary Institute of America. She was very accommodating with my mostly plant-based, no red meat dietary preferences.

I think the wonderful staff is a key reason why I love Clark’s.

A week’s diving generally consists of 17 dives, 2 in the morning starting at 8:30am and 1 in the afternoon at 2:00pm. Going into this, I was expecting conditions similar to Roatan or Utila, but I found the Guanaja’s coral to be pristine, dense, and extremely healthy. Since the area has not been overfished, marine life was plentiful and larger than these other dive venues. Water temperatures ran from 85-87 degrees F, and despite doing multiple dives per day, a rash guard and board shorts were entirely adequate. Next time I plan on bringing fullfoot fins. There are a number of dives where it’s possible to go beyond recreational limits. There are also several with tight and dark swim-throughs, so a small light is recommended. Visibility was incredible, running from 150’ to 200’. I was at the bow of the Jadoe Trader at 110’ and I could see nearly to the end of the 210’ wreck. One afternoon, a tour of Guanaja Town is offered and in lieu of the afternoon dive, there is a night dive. Cylinder sizes of 63, 80, and 100cf are available, so you can dive whatever you and your SAC rate are comfortable with. Nitrox (32%) is available in all cylinder sizes. Also, on 1 day, instead of returning to the resort form lunch, we had a gourmet beach picnic.

Boat rides varied from 10 to 30 minutes. Most of the sites have moorings, and our dives were all around the island. Out of 51 sites, we did 17 with no repeats. A couple were done as drift dives. The dive guides were excellent, demonstrating outstanding local knowledge, and very accommodating to special requests. Additionally, the post-dive equipment rinse and care seemed to be better than other places I’ve visited.

My favorite dives were the Jadoe Trader and Black Rock Canyon. Generally, we look for new places to go, but we’re already planning our return to Clark’s.
Websites Cabañas at Clark’s Cay   Cabañas at Clark’s Cay

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Hawaii, Mexico, Gulf Coast, all the usual places, etc.
Closest Airport Guanaja Getting There Roatan, Lansha to Guanaja, resort boat pick-up from Guanaja to Clark’s Cay

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 85-87°F / 29-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 150-200 Ft/ 46-61 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were generally an hour or 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated fresh water barrel on the boat, dives moved along slowly enough you didn’t feel rushed to get the shot, dry area available on the boat, excellent macro opportunities.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Greg Bruce in WA, US at Oct 15, 2019 12:08 EST  
Excellent report. Thanks for posting.
By stuart levine in FL, US at Feb 06, 2020 14:25 EST  
Thank you Rob. I'm hoping to book for Sep 2020.
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