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Dive Review of Tranquilseas Eco Lodge and Dive Center in

Tranquilseas Eco Lodge and Dive Center, Apr, 2013,

by Steven Shapse Ph.D, MA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 7264.

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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 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was a wonderful and great place. Each group of guests, e.g. couples or a group of no more than ten, get their own building of which there are only seven. Each building is unique, simple and quite lovely. The resort is unified by a large open area which includes the bar, restaurant and ample places to hang out. Except for your room, most everything else is outside or open to the outside.

The owner Chris and his girlfriend couldn't have been better hosts. The Eco Lodge feels out of the way (though only a short cab ride to the touristy Wed End). It is welcoming and relaxed. The food was spectacular, especially the chef's soups. The bar, if no bar tender was available, was on the honor system. Each guest room had its own tab which the guest filled in. It is the type of place where you can feel you've have a full day even if you just decided to do nothing else than sit back and relax with a beer.

Sadly, Caribbean reefs are not fairing well. This was evident in Roatan as well as in the Caymans and elsewhere, (I was uncertain if this was true until I returned home and review old dive books from 10+ years ago), the Caribbean is not doing well do to a host of environmental factors of which I'm sure most divers are aware. Because of this, I downgraded the diving, though this is no fault of Tranquilseas. Their boats though, were small, but serviceable. Entry was back roll off the sides with return via a stern ladder. No platforms. This did not turn out to be a major problem. Seas were generally calm and the days sunny with the longest boat trip being about 15 minutes. Diving was close to and all along the shore. Each diver or diver couple had their own dive locker making it easy to store equipment. However, each diver was responsible for cleaning their wet suits, BCDs and regs though the dive masters brought the equipment to and from the boat.

Overall, I highly recommend Tranquilseas if you are looking for a simple, laid-back, few frills vacation. It is not the Hilton, its just a great place.
Websites Tranquilseas Eco Lodge and Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Hawaii.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Small boats. Does not really cater to photographers. Need to return to shore to properly soak cameras.
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