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Dive Review of Turtle Bay Eco Resort in
Honduras/Cayos Cochinos

Turtle Bay Eco Resort: "Average resort in a hard to get to place", Aug, 2016,

by Greg Fay, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9076.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments First, the trip to get to this place. You fly into one of the mainland Honduras airports (we flew in to San Pedro Sula) and then take a US$150 van to a hotel in the port city of La Ceiba. You overnight in "Hotel Paris" (if you are from the US, think Motel 6 maybe slightly better). You wake up the next morning and take another van to the marina to catch a relatively small boat for the hour and a half ride out to the island. You are finally there.

This is an eco resort and, therefore, no a/c anywhere. During the day, this is generally not a problem. At night however, it can be a little sticky for sleeping. We were there a week and this was really only an issue two nights during the week that we were there.

We saw a "Rosy Boa" one night heading to our room which was really cool. Also, we saw quite a few humming birds outside our window constantly. I am told there are at least seven different species here.

We had a great dive master for our week there, Richelle. Unfortunately, she left the resort the same day we did to further her dive training on Roatan. She dove at a leisurely pace that suited us and pointed out many fish and critters. We had to dive from the "small boat" three days due to the larger 42 foot dive boat needing repairs. Not a huge deal, but not near as comfortable as the larger boat. The diving here is easy (generally no current and warm 82 degree water). The reefs are very similar to what you would find in Roatan and Utila. I felt like the boat intentionally chose dive sites very close to the resort to save on fuel (the owner said this was the advantage of diving here, but I stick to my thoughts on this). The best sites are the "sea mounts" that are slightly further out and we dove those only once during our week.

Topside, Cayos is very beautiful. There are 17 islands that make up Cayos Cochinos. We took one of the paddle boards out after the afternoon dive and had a great time exploring the shore line.

The food is average here. Not bad, but not great either. Seconds were not offered at any meal. A few days we had fish bought from a local fisherman and it was very good. Maybe because we were on the "back-up" to the back-up generator, ice was hard to come by.

Overall, we had a great time during our week here. Would I go back, likely not. Then again, I have traveled to Micronesia and Indonesia (including Raja Ampat) and I generally continue to go to new places.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, Palau, Yap, Bahamas, Belize, South-east Florida
Closest Airport San Pedro Sula Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive time limits were enforced, but not really an issue for us.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments The boats and resort are not really set up to accommodate serious photographers. For a relative novice like me, it was fine.
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