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Dive Review of Dunbar Rock in
Honduras/Dunbar Rock, Guanaja

Dunbar Rock: "Almost like being on a liveaboard", Apr, 2021,

by Alice Ribbens, MN, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 20 Helpful votes). Report 11666.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our second time to Dunbar (first time in 2019) and we stayed for 2 weeks. The first week we were part of a trip with REEF ( and then we stayed on for a second week. The rooms are lovely and the food is fantastic. Last time, they did buffets for most meals. Because of Covid, meals are plated and you place your order for the next meal at the one you are eating (e.g. pick what you want for lunch at breakfast). The chefs worked with everyone's food issues (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc) without blinking and if you wanted seconds or something beyond what was on your plate, they were happy to oblige. (They were also happy to make cappuccino or espresso for you any time.) Some alcohol seems to be included, but there is a charge for other drinks.

There is a weight/luggage limit of 50 lbs total per person on the puddle jumper flight. Info says that this includes carry on things (like a backpack), but in 2 trips there, we have not seen them weigh anyone's carry on. However, do not expect to carry on a rolling travel suitcase. I think you might be able to bring more if you pay for it, but Dunbar does laundry for free so most people can get what they need into one bag that holds their dive gear and a few clothes.

There is a small beach and kayaks and paddleboards available. You can also shore dive as much as you want (we called the shore dive "Ring Around the Rock"). Most of the diving is by boat and is anywhere from 10-30 minutes from the resort. Usually there are 2 boat dives in the morning, then you return to the resort for lunch. Then another dive in the afternoon. 1 or 2 nights a week they do a night dive instead of an afternoon dive, if people want. Most of the dive staff are locals, but there is an American dive manager who oversees the operation at both Dunbar and their sister resort, Clark's Cay. It seems like they will run several boats if both resorts are full, but the second week we were there, there were 16 at Clark's and only 4 at Dunbar, so they combined us all onto one boat. The DMs will give a detailed briefing and then you can follow them or not as long as you find your way back to the boat in the requested time frame.

Everyone had to get covid testing with 72 hours of arrival in Honduras and then tested again to fly back to the US. The resort brings nurses on site and basically sets up a testing clinic. Cost for the test was ~$15-20 pp and we had results in less than an hour.

Dunbar Rock is basically a small island off of the main island of Guanaja. There are a lot of stairs and verticalness to the resort so this is not a good place if you have mobility issues or difficulty with stairs.

Websites Dunbar Rock   Dunbar Rock

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Philippines, Maldives, Palau, GBR, Fiji, British Columbia, Monterey, Puget Sound, Hawaii, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Caymans, Honduras, Belize, Cozumel, Akumal, Sea of Cortez, Lake Superior, Solomon Islands, etc.
Closest Airport Roatan Getting There fly to Roatan and then puddle jumper to Guanaja (arranged by resort)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco, be back at the boat at agreed upon time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments There is a dedicated rinse bucket for cameras on the boat. You are on your own for charging and camera maintenance, but there are ample outlets in the rooms.
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