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Turquoise Bay Resort, Roatan, Honduras

an easy, pleasant getaway

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Dear Fellow Diver,

Having dived Roatan regularly for many years, I was sorely disappointed on my last trip to Fantasy Island, which was rundown and awash in sewer smells (see my Undercurrent article, August 2015). I vowed this year to find a better resort. After all, I like the convenience of Roatan, the easy diving, and the stress-less week. As it turned out, my visit to Turquoise Bay went about as well as I had hoped -- which it should on this Bay Island with plenty of resorts, dive operators and American tourists.

Saturdays never start stress-less at the Roatan airport, since it's their busy day -- three other planes had arrived in the hour before ours, and with only three immigration officers working the desk, lines were long. I had sprung for a first-class ticket, since the rates were not exorbitant, so I was among the first out of the sun and inside the terminal, although the lack of a/c offered no respite. After retrieving my luggage and meeting the person waving the Turquoise Bay sign, I joined eight others traveling with Arizona dive shop owners for the 45-minute van ride to the hotel. The turquoise waters of Turquoise Bay came into view, then, as I stepped out of the van amid the lush plants and flowers on the hotel grounds, I was entranced by the lovely sweet aroma of banana plants. It would be a fine week.

Lola is one of Subway's Dive BoatsLet me begin by saying that Roatan diving is without big fish or big surprises. It's about pretty reefs and walls, tropical fish, and little effort. We were on the Northside, where the reefs and walls are a little bit deeper than on the Southside. Off the walls, you might see larger groupers and snappers in the distance, and perhaps an occasional eagle ray. While many reefs were healthy, with good coral growth, some were draped in algae, a result of many factors, including overfishing. From the resort, there is no shore diving; the reefs are too far for a surface swim after three daily boat dives....

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