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Diving in Guanaja at the End Of The World Resort

Discussion in 'Bay Islands' started by Kellin O'Neill, May 21, 2019.

  1. Kellin O'Neill

    Kellin O'Neill Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Londres
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    We just enjoyed one of best dive trips that our groups have ever booked.
    Over the Easter week we rented the entire resort which we filled with our 10
    divers for 6 days of incredible diving. At first, we contacted the resort after
    looking at some other locations on Guanaja Island. On the North side there really
    is only 2 places to pick from that are located on the beach. The Southside has no
    beach resorts or shore diving opportunities. We wanted to do 2-3 dives per day
    and some night diving without having to go to sites with snorkelers most of which
    aren’t always the best for scuba divers. Our resort rental included 24 hrs staff on
    site, daily room service, all meals cooked and served to perfection. Grilled
    seafood, fowl, meats and vegetables, abundant fruit delights and our group
    wanted the open bar package. Great tropical drinks, local cervezas, liquors, soda
    and juices. The rooms have just been completely remodeled and all have
    incredible ocean views. Private decks and each room has its own private
    bathroom which is great. The resort has an excellent Satillite internet service that
    we all wanted to use for keeping in contact with the outside world at times. Best I
    have had at such a remote location.
    Dive Boats were Panga style , very fast and easy to dive from. Ladder was simple
    and made exits a cinch. Most of the dive sites are in view from the guest
    accommodations. In the Panga 5-15 minute boat rides to the dive sites.
    We had a wonderful variety of diving experiences such as walls, grottos, shallow
    and deep reefs, pinnacles, wrecks, drift diving and fantastic night dives. The best
    dives are boat dives and the shore diving is pretty good. Starting right off the
    resort dock two reefs are a short swim. Most evenings we dined around 6:00 pm
    and had cocktails both before and after the meals. The club house has a great
    south seas island décor complete with an inside thatch tiki, bamboo bar, exotic
    aquarium, primitive masks and interesting island artifacts. Very tastefully

    constructed. Smooth Latin jazz and island music purred from the Bose sound
    system. Some evenings the Bar Tender/ Owner Capt. Brian set up a flat screen
    where we all got a chance to see the day’s photos and videos taken by the group
    photographers. Lots of hammocks are strung out under the palm studded beach,
    umbrellas and lounge chairs are abundant to take a siesta in. Beach fires were
    pretty common nightly.
    In addition to the fantastic diving some of our group participated in some great
    ultra-light fishing and one member did some fly fishing and landed several big
    Bonefish and Permit right off the Resort beach!
    2 nights we went on the Bar cruise which took us to the south side of Guanaja and
    to the main population center of Bonacca Island or locally called “The Cay”. Wow
    that was a lot of fun! Met crazy characters both locals and expats.
    The concierge service was the deal maker in our case. Guanaja is out of the way
    from Roatan and the main land. Flights, schedules and arrangements are difficult
    to make unless you have personal experience and local contacts. Brian asked
    what we wanted, arrival and departure dates and international airline connection
    times. He made every possible arrangement, reservation, taxis, meet and greet
    you name it. As the group leader it made my job the easiest I have ever had.

    Conclusion: This destination was extraordinary in everyway. Normally, you have
    one or two that didn’t like the food, accommodations, some dives etc… Not this
    time. Capt. Brian and his crew really know their business and you can tell
    immediately it’s a passion they all have. This makes all of the difference in the
    world! One thing that I left out which is an interesting point is that every staff
    member from cabana girl, cook, yard help, the guides, all went diving with us at
    least once during our trip. That definitely made a unique bonding experience
    between us the guests and the staff. We could all relate to what it exactly is we
    are all there for, Capt. Brian encourages this as is apparent.
    We have made reservations to return in February 2020. The End of the World
    Resort is a unique gem to say the least. Highly recommended for groups and pairs
    interested in pristine serious diving and fishing experiences.
     
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  2. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Tacoma, WA & Channel Islands, CA- USA
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    Thanks for the trip report. I had never heard of Home - End of the World Resort - Guanaja, Honduras - Hotels In Guanaja Honduras - Guanaja Island Honduras
    I have friends that have stayed at Clearwater and raved about it, so I have been considering going there. Scuba Diving Trips & Snorkeling, Guanaja Clearwater Divers

    Here is a link to another "off the beaten path" dive spot in Honduras that I am strongly considering-- on Cayos Cochinos:
    https://www.turtlebayecoresort.com/
     
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  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I was checking this place out and some how ran into a virus or weird loop.
     
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  4. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Tacoma, WA & Channel Islands, CA- USA
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    Good to know and I just a read a very scathing and unfavorable review today regarding Turtle Bay Eco Resort at Cayo Cochino. Bummed me out. Saw it on Undercurrent.
     
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  5. Allison Finch

    Allison Finch Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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    Good report.

    The last time I dived Guanaja was in 1975 aboard the dive boat Aquarius.

    There was only a small native stilt village and no resorts at all.

    The diving was pristine and beautiful. I'm afraid to go back. The beautiful rock that was covered in orchids is now covered with a resort....
     
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  6. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
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    Tell more. I knew the Isla Mia, tell us of the Aquarius! Start a new thread, love to hear about it. 1975, right?

    Ah, one of seven subscribers.
     
  7. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: USA
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    1. Can you say a bit more on diving itself? Reefs condition, sea life etc.
    2. Any sand flies over there?
     
  8. Allison Finch

    Allison Finch Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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    Yes, I fixed the typo...

    The Aquarius was a yacht that once belonged to a CEO of General Motors. It was quite plush. All beautiful teak and even had a marble fireplace. I reme.ber it being 178 feet long, but I could be mistaken.

    The food was great, as long as you kept away from the sliced spicy bologna they served at breakfast. You would burp it all day long.

    It was booked through NASDS. We flew to the island in an old battered DC3, landing on a gravel airstrip.

    Sadly, the Aquarius sank decades ago.
     
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  9. Allison Finch

    Allison Finch Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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    It was too long ago, for me. Most of the reefs were unnamed, at the time. No sand flies, since we were on a boat.
     
  10. Daebado

    Daebado Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Kansas
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    I think that question was meant for the OP.
     
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