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Dive Review of Dunbar Rock in

Dunbar Rock: "Dunbar Rock", Jul, 2018,

by Howard Mount, GA, US ( 1 report with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10352 has 4 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 7/7/18 through 7/14/18

LDS trip where we had all of Dunbar Rock rented and about half of their sister property Clark's Caye rented.

Flew into Roatan from Atlanta on 7/7/18, from there caught a commuter flight to the island of Guanaja, where we were picked up by dive boats from Dunabar rock and carried the remaining 15 minute journey to Dunbar Rock. (Those that were staying on Clark's had about a 30 minute ride) Saturday afternoon was the standard get unpacked, welcome reception, property rules. We were instructed to unpack our dive gear and have it outside our doors by 0700 the following morning, where it was picked up and assembled when we got to the boat the following morning.

The general schedule of events was as follows.
0730 - Breakfast
0830 - Get to dive boat for two tank dive
1200-1230 - come back for lunch (the time for this floated a good bit depending on where we dove)
1430 - Back to dive boat for 1 tank in the afternoon
1700 - Arrive back at Dunbar rock for cocktails and clean up
1830 - Supper
1930 - Night diving around the rock if you had not had cocktails beforehand. (I made this dive every night and thought it was some of the best diving I did even though it was in anywhere from 3'-10' of water.

The first dive Sunday morning was what you would expect in that it was a basic check out dive. Captain and DMs making sure that everyone was on point in regards to their skills and equipment. We did have some students finishing up their certs on Clarks but everyone on Dunbar was experienced so there was no holdup for our group in regard to that.

Almost all dives were within a 30 minute boat ride except when we dove on the North side of the Guanaja, in which case getting to and from the sites were about an hour in time each way. I am not going to go through every dive site individually but they were the standard fare that you would expect. Usually one wall a day on the first dive, followed by a reef dive that had a hard bottom of about 60', then a reef of about the same caliber in the afternoon. There was one drift dive and one wreck thrown in there as well.

The crew exchanged all gear between dives which was hard for me to get use to since I am use to and enjoy doing my own but I relented after the first day. (I just went behind them and checked it :) )

All of the reefs looked great. If you are on the South side you will notice a lack of big fish on the reef which I was told was because "people gotta eat" which makes sense but there is no shortage of smaller fish. Lion fish were present but there is ALWAYS active shooting of them happening so not near as many as I would have expected to see. We ALL got in on the shooting of them. It was my first time shooting fish at all much less using a sling to do it but I found it quite enjoyable (after I missed my first one from getting the tip too close)

Each day when the afternoon diving was done, the crew removed all gear, rinsed it, then hung it to dry for the evening along with boots and fins. If you were going to make the night dive then they rinsed you gear and left it out on the seawall at the beach for you to access after supper.

One other person and myself dove the rock every night while everyone else would get their happy hour started early. Each night after they would see the pictures of what we saw they would vow that they were going to do it the next night but that never happened until the last night to do so (Thursday night) which suited me fine. I liked having it all to myself :D. The night dives were on your own with no staff.

The facility itself was outstanding. All rooms were made up everyday and they even run a complimentary laundry service three days so you don't need to bring many clothes or get sent home with a bunch of dirty ones. The food was all very good and plenty of it. Mornings you could always have eggs to order along with or in lieu of whatever other type of egg dish they had made. Lunches were a bit lighter with hamburgers or burrito type of food, and then supper was a good bit more heavy with meats, pastas, along with salad for those who chose to eat that unhealthy stuff.

Since we had such a large group that spanned both properties they even made arrangements so that two lunches and two suppers we could all eat together on one property or the other.

All in all I would put this facility and staff at the tops of anything I have ever done. Jennifer, who is the manager of the Dunbar Rock property has worked really hard to have her staff trained to be almost too accommodating and just generally happy. Raynal was captain of our boat and lead DM and also was very friendly and competent! All of the staff felt like friends we were having to leave on Saturday. I would not hesitate to go back at any point in the future!

The ONLY downer I that experienced in the entire operation was there was fair amount of inconsistency in the air fills. You may get a tank that had 3100 but were more likely to get one that 2700. I realize that for the most part it really didn't matter because of the depths we were diving but if there is one thing that always seems to resonate in in a diver's mind is whether or not they got a "short fill". In the interest of trying to help them make a better operation I did mention this to them in a constructive way and was assured that they would make that adjustment.
Websites Dunbar Rock   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico
Closest Airport Roatan Getting There Commuter flight from Roatan to Guanaja then a short boat ride to Dunbar Rock provided by the facility

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-82°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions DM led dives but had plenty of freedom to not be up each others rear end. Be back on the boat with 500psi. Also not chipped in stone since we were always around 30'-40' reefs at the end of dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Boats are not setup for photography other than having a separate rinse bucket for cameras. Gear should be set up before getting on the boat. Plenty of areas to do so on the property and plenty of places to plug in chargers.
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