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Dive Review of TGI Diving/Henry Morgan Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

TGI Diving/Henry Morgan Resort, Nov, 2011,

by John Drummond, CA, US ( 2 reports). Report 6426.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Belize, Cozumel, French Polynesia, Cancun, Hawaiian Islands (all), Aruba, Grand Cayman, Curacao, Bermuda, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 feet. Back to the boat with 700 lbs
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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 I am not a photographer

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My week of diving at the Henry Morgan Resort in Roatan in November of 2011 was a major disappointment. I should break it into two components: the resort, and the dive operator, TGI. The resort was the bigger problem. I have learned not to have high expectations of any but the very highest end of all-inclusive resorts. But Henry Morgan fell well below my modest expectations. The food was very poor. But understanding the menu was easy. Lunch tomorrow would invariably be what you could not manage to eat at dinner today. And, the sluggish food delivery process amplified the problem. Breakfast was the worst. There was a single service line, with an eggs-to-order station at the end. Everyone stood in line waiting for all the food while one, or occasionally two, servers sluggishly prepared omelettes for those who wanted them. (Divers! You are too polite. Why did you stand there like orderly sheep?). There were other annoyances. (I hope I dont seem too petty here.) You could not get coffee anywhere on the premises until the cafeteria opened at seven (or thereabouts). That resulted in something like a shark frenzy at the cafeteria door and, as a result, an instantly long line at the breakfast buffet. Oh, BTW, you couldnt pour your own coffee. Everyone waited for a single server to fill the cups and add the milk and sugar if you wanted it. By the time you had your coffee and food you could hear the engines of the dive boat idling impatiently. And dont let me forget the bar . . . . you expect small watery drinks and slow bar service at an all inclusive. Expectation met.
With respect to the accommodations, some of the rooms (including mine) were very reasonable, but some of our group were upgraded to casitas that were (puzzlingly) less well appointed (smaller, no drawer space) and far, far from the lobby and dining room. As a smaller knock, the serpentine pathways and wooden walkways to them were very poorly lit.
The dive operation was better, but still something of a disappointment. The staff and the boats were good. The reef had healthy, attractive corals and a fish population that felt somewhat modest but was nonetheless reasonable. But (and I should have asked for an explanation), the dive boats did not carry tanks for the second dive, and they returned to the shop between dives to pick them up. You may have already seen the implication. The boat never went far from the shop. The result was that all the dives felt much the same, with only minor variations in reef topography. (In fairness, and to be complete, on the last day, we did in fact go round the west end of the island to do a single tank of very different diving off the south west shore.) Had there been more dive variety, I might have been bothered less by another annoyance. There was no dock. The boat anchored off the beach with the stern in 4-5 feet of water. Its a small thing, but every time you got dry, it was time to get wet again wading ashore (with whatever you wanted to keep dry held over your head).
The price of the trip was attractive. But I wont bite this hook again. Time is the valuable commodity, and I fell far short of making good use of that precious resource on this trip.
Disclosure: I have absolutely no financial association with or interest in any dive related business.
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