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KRISTINAD65
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12/31/10 1:11 P

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Don't feel bad, we went on a cruise last spring so the entire family could go, a family vacation with Grandma too. We dove in Roatan. It was nice, but I know what you mean about having only one day and scooted back on the ship. The people were great and they are very environmental there. It looked like a great place to go back and stay on the island to dive. There was a resort across from the dive shop that had little cabin type rooms that looked really fun.




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2/15/10 11:59 A

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Thanks for the reply Creatura..
West End Divers was the dive shop at the top of my list, so it is good to hear the positive feed back.
We are in a similar situation. My mother has wanted to take a cruise for awhile, but doesn't have anyone to travel with. We finally got her to go if we went with her.(I have never been on one and can't say I would be going except for her.. but who knows- could be fun in itself.) We picked the ship based on the ports of call so BC and I could dive. We'll be in Roatan one day and then Costa Maya for another day. Can't wait.
I have had contact with West End Divers and Native Son's and both seem very laid back, flexable, friendly and professional.
Since I have never been on a cruise and don't know what to expect, I am leaning toward West End Divers due to the fact if your ship doesn't dock there for whatever reason (I guess weather or something?) , they'll refund your deposit 100%.




MICHELAR
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2/7/10 2:30 P

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That sounds ideal Creatura!

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)





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2/2/10 6:43 P

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I'm a little embarrassed to say that we were on a cruise, Royal Caribbean. We wanted to take our mothers somewhere and didn't believe they could tolerate anything but a cruise (my mother especially is losing her memory at an alarming rate and has become pretty fragile). So we chose one that went to Roatan specifically. It was great, but we hated having to arrive and leave on the same day. I'm not sure I'd want to do it again. We talked about going back and just getting a shack to stay in while diving every day....doesn't that sound great?!?!

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JUSTWANDER
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2/2/10 4:33 P

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Creatura- welcome back. Isn't it wonderful there? Where did you stay?


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2/2/10 12:05 P

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I don't know how old this conversation is, but I just returned from diving Roatan (yesterday), and we used West End Divers. They were very professional, the atmosphere was calm, and there were only three of us in the group. What a difference! We'd been to Roatan 13 years before, and the diving is still fabulous!


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JUSTWANDER
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1/27/10 9:03 P

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When I arrived to Roatan I walked into all of the dive shops to get a feel of them. West End has a great reputation but it was similar to some of the others with a party feel. I went with Native Sons because it's smaller and calmer. I was diving by myself both times and didn't want a party scene mixed with my diving. You are good hands with any dive shop you go with. Where are you staying?


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1/27/10 8:17 P

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That's a fantastic opportunity Justwander!

I was looking at diving with West End Divers- sounds like you are a fan of Native Sons..... I take it you would recommend them?



JUSTWANDER
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1/27/10 2:22 P

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I haven't gotten my DM yet- going to Roatan May-August. Only 3 months to get healthier!


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MICHELAR
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1/27/10 1:36 P

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Can't beat warm water diving Comet It will be hard to go back to cold after that! Already looking forward to seeing your pics!

Justwander, that is great that you were able to take time off work to get your DM! Mst have been hard to get back after that!

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)





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1/27/10 1:24 P

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I LOVE ROATAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Last year I went for my Feb break with a non-diver and only got in about 5 dives. I then booked my April break in Roatan again and dove every day 4-5 dives with Native Sons. From both of these trips, I have decided to take a leave from work and get my divemaster's there for 3 months.
Let me know if I can help with any questions. You will have a blast no matter what- but be aware of the sand fleas- they are awful.


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COMET60
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1/26/10 8:38 P

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I hope to have lots of pictures to share after!

I guess I'll have to seriously re-do my weights...lol.. no 7 mil wetsuit to compensate for!





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1/26/10 3:30 P

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You are going to LOVE IT!!!! What a wonderful place to pick for your first warm water dive!

You wont even need to wear anything other than your bathing suit on your dives.

Take lots of pictures


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COMET60
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1/25/10 5:38 P

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Thanks Debie1.
I am totally excited Michelar, it will be my first warm water dive!







MICHELAR
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1/25/10 2:42 P

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Sounds perfect!

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)





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1/24/10 3:27 P

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Dived there June 2007;2 dives a day/1 week and it was FANTASTIC! Knowledgeable Dive Master and professional staff, wonderful history, places to shop, bars to visits (sadly a very poor country), people are friendly and so helpful, warm water, beautiful scenery; vivid, bright, lots of marine life and you don't have to go that far down to see the beauty.
There is a sunken plane and a ship to view as well as shark dive that is available for an extra fee.

I hope you enjoy yourself as much as I did.


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1/24/10 2:04 P

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Hi all,

I doing some traveling in April which will have me in Roatan for one day.

Has anyone dived here?
Impressions, advice?

We are looking a diving with West End Divers... any feedback?

Thanks



 
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