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Dive Review of Reef House Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

Reef House Resort: "Degraded Reef, OK Resort", Dec, 2023,

by Gary & Robin Schiendelman, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 42 Helpful votes). Report 12855.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments We had been to Roatan many times from 2006 through 2014. At least 5 trips were to Reef House,. On the last trip in 2014, the reef was showing signs of degradation, mostly due to algae, and the fish life was dwindling.

Because we needed a quick and inexpensive trip this fall just to get wet, we decided to give Reef House Resort and Roatan another try. We were there for 10 days and did 23 dives.

Getting there was pretty easy. We flew American from PHL via DFW to RTB. Reef House scheduled a taxi. The driver waited for us with a sign just outside of arrivals. The taxi ride was about 40-45 minutes to a dock in Oak Ridge where we had to wait for 20-25 minutes at the dock. The taxi driver had a number of phone conversations with Reef House and eventually a local boat taxi picked us up for the 5 minute boat ride to the resort. Upon arrival, there was no one at the dock to greet us or help with luggage. Fortunately, we knew our way up a boardwalk then across an unpaved, sandy area through the gate into the resort. We finally found an employee (Keith who was also the bartender/server). He took us to the room and gave a quick briefing. No sign in, no waivers, no checking of c cards. Maybe because they knew we were returning guests??

Reef House has always been a “rustic”, small, family owned resort. Currently, the place is owned and operated by David, a Georgia native and his wife Delicia who is a local Honduran. They live on site with their 3 kids who are usually seen around the resort. Set on a small caye in a residential area, there are a total of 12 rooms. We always prefer to stay in S1 or S2 which are upstairs in a separate building steps away from the common area and rooms 3-12. Rooms S1 and S2 are a bit larger than the other rooms and also feature a small porch. All rooms have a line out front for drying out clothing (wet suits and gear are hung in a gear room at the boat dock). The room is furnished in thrift shop basic. The beds, pillows and linens are marginal but ok. The towels were a little bette ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, PNG, Solomon Isl, Red Sea, Maldives, South Africa, Mozambique, Cocos Isl, Galapagos, Socorro, Palau, Var Caribbean locations, New Jersey, Florida, No Carolina, Philippines, Fiji
Closest Airport RTB Getting There American Airlines PHL-DFW-RTB

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with dive guide, bottom time about 60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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