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Dive Review of Reef House Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

Reef House Resort, May, 2010,

by Brad Ford, MS, US ( 1 report). Report 5487.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All three Caymans, Bonaire, FLA Keys, FLA springs
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas surge
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments RHR is outstanding for divers who want to dive - 3 tanks from the boat each day, and as much as you want from shore (wind permitting). Our first week the wind was significant from the SE and made shore diving impossible. The second week was get-all-you-wanted from shore, and a good dive it was on the RHR wall.

If you want anything other than dive/eat/sit/sleep repetitively, go elsewhere.

Night dives take the place of the single, afternoon tank on wednesday or thursday. The night dive is on Reef House wall and is great.

Divemaster David (Dah-veed) and captain Choco were great. David is the seahorse whisperer, finding seahorses on nearly every dive, and numerous pipefishes.

David dives his plan as briefed on each dive, and you're free to follow along or do your own thing if you want. Generally, dives were 60 minutes, down to about 80 ft along the wall, returning along the top of the wall, 30-40ft or across the shallows. Nobody got in a stir if you wanted to do it differently and extend the dive.

David didn't like it much when a few blew off the 15/3min safty stop.

Boat rides are very short, 5 up to about 20 minutes if heading east to Port Royal on a windy day. The only other dive boats we saw were cocoview boats on Calvin's Crack (2 mornings the second week). We never saw another boat east of Calvins crack.

Air Fills consistently 3100-3400 psi.

The dives from the first week repeated during the second week. I could have repeated them again and again.

A couple of days we encountered a bit of current, so did drift dives to avoid the return trip against the current.

The main players: Mike is the owner and lives on-site. David and Choco I've already talked about. Leonardo is the maintenance man. I think he could fix a nuclear submarine with duct tape and a coat hanger. Our a/c quit one day after dinner, and he had it fixed/replaced before we got back from a night dive. I can't say enough good things about the kitchen staff.

Everybody goes out of their way to make sure everything is good for you.

Flights: We flew directly from/to Atlanta on Saturday in time to eat lunch and dive the PM single-tank. No muss, no fuss. There are also direct flights on Continental from/to Houston.

Accomodations: It's a dive place. Each of 11 (I think) rooms has 2 queen beds, A/C + ceiling fans, small flatscreen TV/satellite, ample hot water. It's not luxurious, but clean and comfortable. One idiosyncracy: When you flush the commode it refills slooowlly via a saltwater pump and won't flush again for about 15 minutes, so schedule accordingly. This may have been unique to our room (S2) - I meant to ask, but forgot.

Food: You'll gain weight. 3 large meals each day. Breakfast is bacon + eggs/omelette/pancakes/frenchtoast/juice/tang/coffee. Lunch is usually wraps(2 large)/fajitas/shrimp/or the like. Dinnter is a small salad, meat/fish/shrimp+starch and a homemade dessert. The food is not gourmet, but it is very good, well-prepared, and plenty. RHR was more than willing to accomodate those who had dietary preferences/restrictions, e.g., on the nights when seafood was served the non-seafood-eaters asked for and got chicken. But, remember, you're in the relative wilderness of Roatan - by that I mean you don't get choices - meals are served and you get the nights offering unless you tell the kitchen staff or Mike you'd like something different.

Friday night dinner is steak and lobster.

Mike starts the coffee at about 0600 every day. If you get up earlier (I do) he'll give you a key and you can start the coffee as early as you want - it was always ready to go, just push the buttons.

The honor bar: If you want something from the bar (soft drinks/beer/cocktails) you get it/mix it and make a tick mark on a 3x5 card. Your bar tab is settled at the end.

Facilities: Two dive boats, one carrying 12 divers, the other 6-8. Both old, but good diving platforms. Our first week we had 7 or less on the big boat. The second week we had 11 or less on the big boat, and a group of students went out on the smaller boat with Mike (owner/instructor).

The equipment room is part of the dock, and has plenty of hanging space/hangers. There are cubbies for fins/masks/etc.

Two fresh water rinse tanks on the dock, cleaned and refilled daily.

The only negative: I marked them down a bit in eco-awareness for one reason: There was a "photographer" there that should have never been allowed outside a pool. Her idea of diving was to bulldoze the bottom while waiting on David to find a little critter, then bulldoze in to get the shot, then bulldoze out while the little critter disappears in the swirling fin-blast, and shreds of sponge and seafan float away (I exaggerate, but not much). This should have been stopped after one dive, but went on for a week.

Summary: We were thoroughly thrilled with our 2 weeks there and we're going back asap. The diving is good and easy. The people are great.

If you want to dive, eat, sit on the deck with a cold beer in the evening this is the place.
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