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Dive Review of SeaGrape Plantation Dive Shop/Posada Las Orquideas in

SeaGrape Plantation Dive Shop/Posada Las Orquideas: "Roatan -Locally owned & operated, well run & good value", Jul, 2018,

by Vickie Ellett, OR, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10791 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We stayed at Posada Las Orquideas. Lovely small local hotel. Spacious room, we had 2 beds & 3 divers, corner room, 3rd floor (up 3 flights of steps) small kitchen in 1 corner. Nice deck out back, with hammocks, connected to other rooms on that floor, so we could pass fish ID books, music, pictures/cameras (and beer) back & forth, enjoyed music played by one young couple.
SeaGrape Plantation Dive Shop was next door, about 1 min walk. They were great. Well run & owned by local family. They put us on the same boat each day. Crew/dive masters knew us, our gear, cameras after first day. About 8-10 divers on each boat. Roatan reef is a protected park. ($10 park fee, paid in cash)
Most dive sites were so close we came back to the dock for surface interval. We had varied weather, some rain & chop, vis was not great, nice schools of fish, some rays & turtles, no big critters. Overall I'd say Roatan more reef fish, better coral. Hawaii better vis & more sharks, rays, turtles.
I had 2 nieces diving with me, their first dives out of USA. The dive masters were very helpful and kept an eye on them. I think their rental gear was included.
The restaurant next door had good food. It was about 1 mile into town of West End with lots of tourists, shops, bars, traffic, etc. The Posada Las Orquideas is just far enough from town to be quiet, relaxing. And close enough to town for younger set to walk. We were there in July, rained a little almost every day. The bugs usually eat me up, and I had only a few mosquito bites. We did take malaria medicine.
Highly recommend Posada Las Orquideas and SeaGrape Dive Shop for relaxing, low key, well run. good value, vacation.
Websites SeaGrape Plantation Dive Shop   Posada Las Orquideas

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Oregon, Washington, California, Galapagos, Palau, Raja Ampat/Indonesia, Caribbean, Fiji
Closest Airport same island Getting There Flying from Oregon, had to overnight both ways. There may be a "red eye" available.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 84-°F / 29-°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-85 Ft/ 18-26 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We were asked to stay w/group. Being a photographer, I'm always slow, they kept a eye on me.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Had rinse bucket on boat. Crew was good to hand camera off to you after you got in the water. After 1st day, they knew who had what camera.
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