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Dive Review of Seagrape Plantaion Dive Shopt/Mangrove Dock Apartments in

Seagrape Plantaion Dive Shopt/Mangrove Dock Apartments: "Fabulous diving with Seagrape Plantation", Dec, 2015,

by Glen Madsen, UT, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8784 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our first trip to Roatan so did not have any expectations except from Undercurrent's reader reports. We decided on the west side as the south side consisted more of all inclusive resorts i.e. Coco View and we prefer to spend our evenings wandering the town and trying new restaurants. We stayed in West End at the Mangrove Dock apartments and they were fabulous. 3 bed 2 bath very nice and very well equipped. Jackie is a great proprietor. We dove a week with Seagrape Plantation Dive Shop which is about a 20 "second" walk from the Mangrove Dock apartments. Seagrape Plantation Dive shop and bungalows is owned and operated by a very personable family. Everyone is involved even down to their kids hanging around the shop. Rhonda and Rachel run the dive office and are very helpful and friendly. Their gear is new and in great condition. Their dive rates include all your gear and wetsuits. My wetsuit appeared to be brand new. They handle your gear for you and do the setup and tank changes. The boats are in very good condition with great ladders for reentry. All the dive sites were within about 10 minutes. It had been raining so they worked very hard at trying to find locations that were not hampered by runoff or waves. They took us to sites that are farther away to make sure we had great diving. The DM's gave great dive briefings and discussed safety and signaling at each dive. DM's were Hugo who was with us all week and Ricky and Tony joined us on a few dives. They were all awesome. We never had more than 7 on the boat and anything more than four we had two DM's. The diving was really great with lots of slot canyons and swim throughs. I won't go into all the fish we saw as it was the typical Caribbean fish, but they were plentiful. The DM's took time to show us lots of little creatures. The topography was amazing. There were barrel sponges in excess of 6 feet tall. Vibrant colors and what we thought to be great visibility, we were informed by the DM's that it was actually a bit murky because of the rains. Cant wait to go back when it hasn't been raining! Two of our party took the lionfish hunting class and had their spears with them on each dive. They were able to bag a lionfish or two on each dive, but this hunting program has drastically reduced the lionfish population, they really had to search for them.

I cant say enough about the Seagrape Plantation Dive Shop. They are fabulous in everyway. Between dives we would return to the shop and eat fresh fruit and they have a very comfortable covered area with hammocks and seating. Their private dock is located in the Mangrove Bite so is not hampered by waves. Most of the other dive shops we saw did not have docks, you waded out in the surf to the boats. They also have a freshwater shower and large rinsing tubs. The gear storage is large and secured. The boat captain was very attentive and helpful with getting geared up and getting back on the boat, believe is name was Corvin. This fabulous dive shop and the very nice accommodations literally next door made for a very great dive trip. I highly recommend both Seagrape Plantaion and Mangrove Dock apartments.

We spent our evenings wandering around West End and were met with very friendly people and great food. Don't miss Cannibal Cafe's biggie chicken nachos and, or course, Rotisserie Chicken further down the road. The fish tacos there were awesome and so were her desserts! Both places were so good we ate multiple times at each. We did find some really large inexpensive baleadas (could be spelled wrong)that are sandwich that is sort of cross between a tortilla and a pita bread, but the filling of chicken was strewn with bones and gristle so steer clear of those. West End has a delightful vibe and it was very fun just strolling and watching people.

I had some issues with the sand flies (35-40 bites), but others in our group didn't get bit at all. Just make sure to bring DEET spray and get it on as soon as you are out of the water. If you just don't scratch them the stinging goes away in about 5-10 minutes so they really are manageable.

Great dive trip with awesome diving, highly recommend Rotan, Seagrape Plantation Dive Shop and Mangrove Dock apartments.
Websites Seagrape Plantaion Dive Shopt   Mangrove Dock Apartments

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bahamas, Hawaii,
Closest Airport RTB Getting There easy flights from U.S on saturdays

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits were discussed at each dive briefing
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments There was not a dedicated rinse bucket for cameras, but our group only had GoPro's so I am sure they would have provided if requested
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