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Dive Review of End of the World Resort in
Honduras/Guanaja

End of the World Resort, Jan, 2004,

by John Walker, CA, US . Report 1343.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Caymans, Florida, Monterey-Pt Lobos, San Diego, Beleize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500psi at end, safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments If you are looking for a remote island dive experience then this is the real deal. Well maintained, clean, and theft free rooms, great food, and excellent accommodating service both above and below the water made all three of us vow to return next year. Two airlines run a schedule of flights to the island from San Pedro Sula through Cieba. These airlines also serve the other bay islands.

To be honest I had concerns about going to Guanaja after reading the last 4 Chap books. We made several trips past the ill-fated Bayman Beach Cub. I was told the owners final insult to the island was that he didnt even bother to return to get his dog that now enjoys a comfortable life at End of the World.

End of the World is a very small intimate resort with 3 cabanas divided into 6 rooms. The resort is fully booked at 6 singles or 12 couples. There were only 3 of us staying in this trip and I was the only diver.

The cabanas are located at the top of 93 steps.They afforded wonderful views, and pleasant breezes. The rooms were fully screened with shutters individual bathrooms, showers, and mosquito nets. They are in the process of installing hot water but we enjoyed spring water temperature showers. Sitting on the deck watching the sunset enjoying a good bottle of wine was wonderful. (Bring your own wine). The last person to leave the bar turns off the generator so reading is by candle light and kerosene lamp.

Meals were included. We looked forward to every meal. The cook was accommodating to requests and talented. Breakfasts included fresh Honduran coffee, pancakes, toast, eggs, chirrizo beans, and granola. Lunches and dinner-included lobster, fish, pasta, steak, chicken, home made tortilla donuts, cakes etc.

I kayaked as well as dove so usually I would kayak in the morning and dive in the afternoon. My friends took a separate boat to snorkel. We switched things around so I could dive my last day in the morning and catch a flight the next day. The owner of End of the resort, Brian, was also the dive master. He offers full rentals except computers, I brought all my own gear but rented a dive light for a night dive when mine broke. Brian was very flexible on when and where we dove. I thoroughly enjoyed not having the stress of rushing to the dock for the 8 am cattle boat. This island is remote and immediate emergency medical treatment is not available. Brian insists on safety stops and dive limits. Radio contact is made with shore before and after every dive. The resort offers PADI courses. Guanaja is protected by an outer reef, which surrounds the island. The water temperature varied from 79 to 81 degrees at 93 feet. Visibility averaged 100 feet + / -. The inner reef is in excellent shape with mini walls, swim throughs, and lots of variety. Dive boats come over from Rottan for the day but we saw no other divers in the water. There is a conspicuous lack of edible adult fish due to the fact that the inhabitants of this remote island depend on them for food.
There was a great variety of small fish. There were also rays, nurse and black tip sharks. I was sorry I didnt bring my UW camera. I will next year.

Bugs: The sandy beach is infested with sand flies. Off the beach on the dock or up in the cabanas is fine. Recommend lemon-eucalyptus oil when ever entering the bar or sand zone and a daily antihistamine.

Top side: Remember this is a remote island. The all-inclusive resorts have to be all-inclusive because there is nothing for tourists. It is all local. Safety was never a concern. The locals are happy and friendly. English and Spanish was spoken every where we went. A dirt road crosses the island which is a 3 hour walk. There are local bars (in some case shacks) that serve cold beer. There is a small store at Savaghna Bite, which sells some food and dry goods.

By boat (everything starts off by boat) you can visit The Key where the majority of the population resides. This 1 1/2 square mile island is crammed with small houses. There are only sidewalks no roads all lined with houses and small stores that support the islands population.

There is a picturesque island restaurant known as Grahams where you can get good food and cold drinks. Graham has several ocean pens where he keeps turtles and other edibles that he saves from the local dinner plates.

This location is not for you if you if you cant handle a lot of stairs, have to be close to a pharmacy or emergency medical treatment, need air conditioning, telephones, TV, internet access, a variety of restaurants, bars, and night life, or want to lay on a beach.

This location is highly recommended if you want a bit of adventure experiencing good diving on a remote sparsely populated island with non of the usual amenities associated with resort diving in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. You will meet several of the local expatriates who pass through the bar. All are friendly characters who believe they are living in the best place on earth. I would also recommend the kayaking which must be arranged
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