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Dive Review of GiGi Divers/N/A in

GiGi Divers/N/A, Jun, 2008,

by Don Anderson, CA, United States ( 2 reports). Report 4179.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my first trip to Roatan and I was very impressed with the profusion of growth on the reefs and especially on some of the wall dives. After several bad experiences at another dive shop, our group of six hooked up with a recommended new independent dive operation, GiGi Divers. GiGi is run by Willie DeBeer, pronounced Villie, and Noelle Gatti. Willie has vast experience in diving and underwater videography. They have a brand new 32 ft. custom built dive boat ‘Moody Blues” with twin 200 hp. Yamaha engines. They don’t have a dive shop, but with one phone call they brought what gear we needed and picked us up at the nearest dock. Very convenient.
We did 2 days of diving with GiGi and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The first day was the Odyssey wreck with a six-story superstructure. Many swim-throughs and I was able to shoot lots of HiDef video. After a break and eating a nice lunch prepared by the charming Noelle, we did Spooky Channel, a very eerie deep cut in the reef. Willie helpfully pointed out many creatures for me to film. We were allowed to extend our dives as long as safely possible, burning up our excess air around the mooring line before coming up.
The next day, we traveled a long way through inevitable rough seas along the south shore to do the ‘must dive site’ Mary’s Place. This is a videographers paradise and I was able to get some awesome HiDef footage to later edit and burn to blu-ray. The “Moody Blues” rode the choppy water well.
After enjoying another homemade lunch, we did a site called “Forty Foot”. Willie acted as my personal guide and held my BC while I videotaped yellow seahorse, tiny spotted drum, and other creatures on the wall. Talk about a Steadycam!
Later that evening we did a night dive. As usual, Willie pointed out many creatures to our group. Towards the end of the dive we did our discussed lights out part. We gathered in a group off of a wall and turned our lights off. After several minutes of watching a phosphorescence light show, we did a fifteen minute, no dive light, swim back to the mooring line. Willie escorted us along the wall, through a deep and long fissure to the top of the reef lit only by the half moon from above. Very cool!
We feel that we made good friends with Willie and Noelle, and would recommend their “personal touch” dive experience to anyone.
Contact them at

Don Anderson

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Tahiti, Hawaii, St.Croix, Dominica, Cozumal, St. Lucia, Florida, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-120 Ft/ 18-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Don't damage reef.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Willie is an experienced videographer whose videos appear in documentaries. After pointing out interesting subjects, he got behind me and held me steady for great HiDef shots.
Fresh water camera tank on new dive boat.
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