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Dive Review of Subway Watersports/Cruise Ship in
Honduras/Roatan

Subway Watersports/Cruise Ship, Jan, 2012,

by Robert Halem, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports). Report 6427.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Florida Keys, Italy, Mexico (both sides), Catalina, Monterey,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Back on board with 500.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No facilities on boat for cameras. Captain would hand it down once in the water and take it back at the end of the dive.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We were on a cruise ship that stopped in Roatan for one day. Since the cruise line refused to tell me who they were using for dive excursions and I wanted to check the operator out on Undercurrent, I emailed several and selected Subway because they would provide transportation from the ship and back. When I arrived and started looking for their driver, he was not to be found. I asked around and the other guides knew who he was and hadn't seen him. Pretty soon, another couple from another cruise ship was directed to me and we waited together. After a few more minutes, one of the dispatchers came over to tell us that Subway's bus had gone to the wrong cruise ship dock and we should take a cab and they would pay for it when we got there. That worked well.

I had my own equipment but the other couple needed everything. The rental gear was relatively new and seemed to be well maintained. Since there were only three of us diving, we were assigned to a small (16-18 foot) Boston Whaler with a divemaster and a captain. The ride to the dive site was only about 10 minutes. The sites are all marked with buoys so there is no need to anchor and damage the reef. The dive rules were to stay with the DM and be back on board with 500. The other couple were experiencing their first salt water dives after training in a Texas lake. The DM stayed with them and stayed at the top of the reef, while I was free to explore the walls and canyons in the coral, staying within bubble sight throughout the dive. There is lovely coral, but the fish were a bit disappointing. Nothing large or different, pretty much the usual stuff you would see on any dive in the Caribbean. When we surfaced, the captain had freshly carved pineapple and water for the SI snack. The Whaler didn't carry a second set of tanks so we made the 10 minute trip back to the dock which also provided access to the bathrooms.

The second dive was very similar. Nearby location, nice corals but average fish.

The return trip to the cruise ship was in the company van and left promptly after our dive.

Overall, I was impressed with the quality and service of the Subway operation. They did proper safety and dive briefings and took excellent care of the new divers and let me do my own thing. Roatan itself wasn't great, but if your are there, this is a good company to dive with. They do have a complete resort (Turquoise Bay) on site, but I have no way to know how that is.
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