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Dive Review of Plantation Beach Resort in
Honduras/Cayos Cochinos

Plantation Beach Resort, Apr, 2004,

by Jeff and Laura Krause, Ohio, USA . Report 1357.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All of the Bay Islands, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Curacao, Cozumel, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None 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 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Our trip to Plantation Beach Resort on Cayos Cochinos Grande was triggered by a day trip there several years prior, sponsored by AKR on Roatan. At first, we weren't sure if we'd like the "remoteness" of the resort (The resort is only accessible by boat, generally from La Ceiba), but within five minutes of our arrival, we were positive that we made the right decision. We were the only clients at the resort that week, missing eight people the week before and a full house the week after, so we had the place to ourselves. That didn't stop the staff from catering to us, though. The food was very good, and plentiful. If you went hungry, it was your own fault. Breakfast consisted of the usual fare: eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, pancakes, cereal, etc., although the menu changed daily. Lunch and dinner varied from typical "American" food to local Honduran dishes. Soft drinks, beer and a limited selection of liquor was available from an Honor Bar in the dining room. Occasionally, we were joined for dinner by people who sailed into the area and moored in the bay.

Our room was more than adequate for our needs, and was located up the hillside, just a short walk from the dining room. The floor was tiled, and a ceiling fan over the bed helped to keep us cool at night. The shower was screened in on two sides, providing a beautiful view of the bay below.

Three boat dives per day - two in the morning, one in the afternoon - unlimited shore diving, plus a night dive were included in the package. Because there were only two of us, we were ferried to the dive sites by small runabout, rather than taking the large dive boat, Melissa. Tank fills generally topped out at 3100 psi. Roger (manager, instructor, divemaster, mechanic, etc.) provided detailed dive site briefings, explaining the characteristics of the site plus aquatic life known to inhabit the area. Danny (boat captain) knows the sea, and was able to find sea mounts without any problems. He was also very helpful with dive equipment and photo gear when getting in and out of the boat.

Aquatic life was plentiful, but we didn't see anything out of the ordinary worth writing about. Our mission on this trip was macro photography, so even if something big was there, we probably would have missed it.

After diving, we tooled around the bay on sea kayaks, provided by the resort. We also spent some time hiking - one evening to the lighthouse on the top of the island, and another to a neighboring village. Overall, this was a very relaxing week. We're planning on returning next year.

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