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Dive Review of Inn of Last Resort in

Inn of Last Resort, May, 2005,

by Chuck and Nancy Anson, CA, USA . Report 1734.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Roatan is a top notch dive destination. It is only a 2.5 hour flight from Houston on Continental. Airport immigration was slow. It took us half an hour to clear but we were told that they are working on improving this. We were met by an Inn of Last Resort representative in the baggage claim area who helped us through customs and got us and our bags to the resortís van for a 20 minute ride to the Inn. The staff at the Inn of Last Resort made our stay EASY from the time we cleared immigrations until they returned us to the airport (printed boarding pass in hand). The meals were top notch with wait service at all three, (no buffets) linen table cloths and napkins, full place settings, 4 course dinners by candle light all deliciously prepared and served in an open air dinning room with a view. All the guest rooms are large, bright and clean with lots of storage space, a queen and two single beds, private bath and shower, A/C and ceiling fans, phone and NO TV (bring a book). It is only a few steps from the guest rooms to the dinning room, bar, library, lagoon, dive shop and pier. They do all your gear rinsing and setup for you (this is a new service since our last stay) and they offer 3 dives per day. Most dive sites are within 10 to 20 minutes of the resort and even though you do your surface intervals back at the Inn, they provide fresh fruit and towels on the boat after each dive. There are two (soon to be three) covered wooden dive boats that can easily accommodate 18 divers each. Tanks are aluminum 80ís (filled consistently to 3000 psi) and sit behind the dive bench along both sides of the boat with storage beneath. Entry is a giant stride off the back of the boat. The diving offers a variety of gently sloping and vertical walls that either drop down to a sandy shelf between 80íand 150í or into the abyss depending on your location. The topography of the walls is a welcome mix of mounts, pinnacles, cuts and grooves with a variety of swim throughs and caves. Healthy plate coral covers some of the walls providing hiding places for moray eels, lobster and large crabs. Large barrel sponges, smaller iridescent sponges, sea fans, gorgonians, elk horn and soft corals attract a myriad of sea life. Small schools of creole wrasse and blue tang were present on many dives as were barracuda. There were curious groupers and dog snappers along the walls accompanied by horse eyed jacks and several hawksbill turtles. The night dive at Fish Den was great. We saw lots of basket stars, spiny lobsters, tiny shrimp and crabs, an octopus, and a green moray. We did a night dive in the resortís lagoon and found scorpion fish, barracuda, octopus, lobster, shrimp, crabs, squirrelfish, grouper, and anemones. One highlight of our trip came on the last dive day when the boat captain spotted a pod of 20 pilot whales and took us out in the deep water to snorkel with them. CAUTION: Be sure to bring your favorite bug spray and lots of it. The no-see-ums have finally discovered that there is a constant supply of divers to munch on at the Inn. They seemed to enjoy us as much as we enjoyed the diving!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Sonora Bay Mexico, Loreto Mexico, Bonaire, Roatan, Belize, San Salvador, Grand Turk, St. Croix, St. Vincent, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Fiji, Carriacou, Cozumel, Nassau, Cat Island, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130'max, 500psi, no time limits, surface together on drift dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Crew experienced with camera handling. Large, seperate camera rinse tank. Centeral area of the boat could be used for cameras but was not padded, could get wet, and no air available.
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