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Dive Review of Wet and Wild Divers/Las Rocas in
Honduras/Roatan

Wet and Wild Divers/Las Rocas, Jun, 2008,

by Don Anderson, Ca, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4164.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Tahiti, Hawaii, Dominica, St. Croix, Cozumal, St. Lucia, California, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Surface at same time. No burning excess air around mooring line. Don't touch ANYTHING!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No fresh water tank for cameras on the boats or shop.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Wet and Wild Divers at Las Rocas


This was my first dive trip to Roatan and our group of six was impressed with the intensity of sponge life especially on some of the wall dives. Many azure vase sponges, big barrel sponges, large areas of red sponges, sea fans etc. This was some of the best Caribbean diving I have done. Roatan is an underwater photographers paradise. The only minor negative is that there are fewer reef fish than other Islands Ive visited.
We stayed in a very nice condo (Ocean Reef Villa) located next to the Las Rocas dive resort located on the north west side of Roatan. We enjoyed Happy Hour and bartender Winstons Monkey LaLas and good soul music.
We did six days of diving with Wet and Wild Divers at the Las Rocas Resort. The facility had 2 female DMs, and 2 boats holding about 8 divers each. The dives were within 10 minutes or so of the facility, but they didnt seem to want to travel any further to other great dive sites. Dives ended as a group, and burning excess air around the mooring line was discouraged.
We found out quickly that the DMs had very different personalities. Chrissy was gracious, fun, and professional, pointing out many interesting critters to me, an experienced underwater videographer. We enjoyed her very much.
The other DM, Di, was a control freak in every aspect of diving. Our group got tired of her very quickly and wanted to move on. I had several encounters with her over touching the reef. On one dive, while videotaping, I pushed off the wall with one finger to avoid hitting it. Got a nice reprimand for it. On another, dive we saw a large green turtle munching on red sponge. I circled the turtle while videotaping and slowly settled on to broken, decaying coral rubble and sand being careful not to touch any living coral or sponges. I wanted to get a nice long steady shot of this fascinating scene with my pro HiDef video outfit. A few second later, I felt someone grab my BC and haul me off the bottom, all the while yelling at me. It was Di shaking her finger in my face. Even though we were one third into the dive, she quickly led everyone back to the boat. The dive was over. Our group had had it with Wet and Wild.
I confronted Di back at the shop on what she did. Ive never been manhandled by a DM before. Ive been diving all over the world for 35 years and am very aware of how fragile the reef ecosystem is. I told her that I heard her say in our briefing to not touch or damage the reef, but I considered decaying coral litter and sand OK to touch. She was totally self-righteous and started to lecture me on how microbes live in sand and cant be disturbed, etc. This was too much. I asked why she punished the rest of the divers for my perceived misdeed and she continued to justify her action. This was truly unprofessional conduct on her part. I would stay well clear of Wet and Wild.
We heard good things about a new dive outfit, GiGi Divers, and signed up with them. We finally started to have a great time with good crew, new boat, and wonderful dives such as Marys Place, the Odyssey wreck, Spooky Channelsites too far for Las Rocas to travel to. Willie, pronounced Villey, is a pro videographer and actually held my BC while I taped many scenes. Talk about a Steadycam! Contact them at gatti.noelle@hotmail.com
For the condo info, contact Linda Kay at www.tropicalislandvilla.com
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