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Dive Review of The Inn of Last Resort in

The Inn of Last Resort, May, 2005,

by Leslie Bardelli, CT, USA . Report 2086.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments If your looking for a dive resort that is laid back with great diving, good food, large clean rooms and friendly staff than think about a visit to The Inn of Last Resort on Roatan. In May, my husband and I set off for our 6th visit to our Caribbean home away from home.

The Inn is situated on Gibson Bight on the road to the West End. It is a ride off the main road over bumpy terrain. The resort is made up of 4 buildings that form a rectangle with tropical plantings in between. 3 of the buildings house 10 guest rooms, 5 on each floor. The fourth houses the dining room, bar, TV, pool table, gift shop and library (all purpose). Each guest room is large with 1 queen and 2 single beds, 2 ceiling fans, AC and a small, but functional bathroom. The closets are large and open. All the buildings have long benches out in front, so there is plenty of space to sit, or dry gear, whatever.

The meals are a fixed menu, only one item each meal, but they can accommodate dietary restrictions without any problem. The food is good and plentiful. Appetizers are served at the bar prior to dinner. Lunch and Dinner are followed by dessert. Watch out or your wet suit will be a bit small by then end of the week.

How about the diving. The Inn has 2 large boats (# 3 is on the way) that can hold 15-18 divers comfortable. We only had that many divers on 3-4 days in 14 days of diving. The dive shop is just a few steps away from the boats and if you like the staff with take care of you gear once you bring it down your first day. Because the resort sits in the middle of the marine park, they do 3 single tank boat dives daily. The sites are mostly within 15 minutes and surface interval is done back at the resort. Dives always have a divemaster leading them, but if the boat is moored you can go off on your own. They suggest depth and time was generally limited to 50 - 60 minutes each dive.

The underwater life on Roatan is very healthy and plentiful. My husband and I are into photography and the macro life is incredible. Bigger fish, turtles, Eagle Rays are seen, but not with great frequency. We are into the little things and each trip we find a few creatures that are new to us. The resort does one boat night dive a week as well as a trip to each of the wrecks, El Agilia and Odyssey.

If 3 dives a day is not enough for you then try a shore dive from the Lagoon. The Inn has a private lagoon that let you out into the site called Fish Den. I canít tell you how many times we have dove Fish Den in 6 years and it is still one our favorites. It is very easy to navigate. Ask the dive staff for tanks a few hours before and they will be waiting on the dock for you. To get to Fish Den just snorkel out to the white ball marking a cut in the coral, follow the sand channels and your there. The Fish Den bouy marks a coral head, go past and the channel opens to the reef. Right or left the choice is yours. Left is my favorite.

The lagoon itself is only about 6-10 feet deep and has a lot of life in it. We did a night dive/snorkel in the lagoon and came away amazed at the life, 2 octopus, cushion sea star, lots of sand anemones, lots of brittle star out and moving, eels. One evening we saw a Spotted Eagle Ray in there as well. We head down to the lagoon every evening for the sunset, we are rarely disappointed. The lagoon is my favorite spot, in one of the hammocks for that first cup of coffee in the morning. I just sit and listen to the water over the reef.

The Inn of Last Resort is a great place to get away from it all. Eat, sleep, dive, dive, dive, maybe read a book. What more could you ask for in a vacation. For me, this is heaven.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Grand Cayman, Jamica, Maine
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depths were suggested for each site. Time 50-60 mins average. Wrecks with depths 100ft time limit of 25-30 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There are no facilities on the shore for photographers. The boats each have a camera rinse tank. They also have a dry area over the engine cover to store cameras prior to the dive. Rooms offer plenty of room to spread out to assemble photo gear.
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