Want to go to Honduras, can you help? | Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews Forums

Hi, my husband and I are thinking of going to Honduras in Feb/Mar09. I have been doing some research, we would like to get out scuba cert. (maybe do the classroom here). Are looking at Utila or Roatan and will be coming from Calgary or Edmonton. Any suggestions for flights or accommodations? Should we just buy a flight and then get accomm. there? or get an all inclusive or are there such things on Utila or Roatan? Can you cook for yourself or only eat out if no all inclusive? Sorry for all of the questions but do need some guidance. We are not fussy and quite like the remote underdeveloped places. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

I can’t give you much advice on Honduras (i’m planning my first trip there for the fall).For the SCUBA I got my certification in nicaragua in the spring. I would recommend doing the whole course away rather than doing the classroom here. The classroom part here (i also live in Calgary) will cost more than the whole course down there (pool time is expensive). If you can buy the book before you go and read it then you’ll be far ahead of where you need to be (spending 5 hours reading it at our hotel was a bit of a pain). I think there is one hotel that offers all inclusives, otherwise you’ll have to book the airfare separately. I know Continental flies directly to Roatan thru Houston so it’s fairly easy to get to from Alberta.

If we actually make it there in the fall i can give you more advice. Freedom and Wossa have made a few trips so i’m sure they will be able to give you some better advice than me.

Hola Tracelb4As for the scuba diving, I would check out the area of Honduras you want to go to first. Look into the dive opt in that area and try to find out if they are a good dive opt or a bad dive opt. You should be able to find information out about them on different dive boards. Just goggle the area of Honduras you are looking at and you will find a variety of dive boards.Wossa and I have been to places that are completely non safe as far as the diving goes. To get certified or even dive in different Countries, you have to be able to be comfortable with the dive opt and the instructors ability as far as dive masters go.You need to know that there will be no language barriers when you are doing the classroom sessions so you can understand everything that is being said so you can get all of the information that is needed to get certified and be a safe diver.If you find a good dive opt that you feel comfortable with then do as Tuss suggested. Get the books at home and read them and then go on holiday and get certified. If you are unsure of the dive opt in that area you choose to vacation in then I would get all of the classroom sessions done where you live then do the open water part of the certification while on holidays. That way you will know what is expected of you when you do the open water part of the certification while on vacation even if there is a language barrier and they are not a good dive opt.Our dive vacation in July was quite an eye opener for us. We have had sketchy dive masters before in different Countries but this vacation the dive masters were the worst we have ever run across.

After our first dive we surfaced to find out the dive boat had left us to go and find a group of snorkelers they had lost in the water. The second day of diving we surfaced to find the dive masters as well as some new students on the dive boat drinking beer and having a party. We were horrified to see this and that was the end of our diving there.

As a good, safe diver, you have to know when to bail and say no more diving for us on this vacation.

Freedom Ryder 8-)………………

After our first dive we surfaced to find out the dive boat had left us to go and find a group of snorkelers they had lost in the water. The second day of diving we surfaced to find the dive masters as well as some new students on the dive boat drinking beer and having a party. We were horrified to see this and that was the end of our diving there.

As a good, safe diver, you have to know when to bail and say no more diving for us on this vacation.

Freedom Ryder 8-)………………

OMG! Where was this. I would be so angry! Please let us know where this was so we can all avoid this dive operator. That is so unsafe.

wossa Guest Hey Tracelb4I can only echo what Freedom has posted. I think ideally you should think of diver training not as a product but more of a service, and choosing your scuba instructor who will teach you how to survive underwater should be done with the same care and consideration you would also apply to choosing your family doctor, child minder etc.Try not to base training on lowest price, however do compare what you are actually getting for your money. IMHO, whenever possible I would get certified as much as you can at home. I personally believe you will get a better quality course, tuition and if needed, one on one time to perfect your open water skills with either a dive master or an instructor. I am not saying all schools outside Canada, US or Europe are not up to our standards, but inevitably where you have 20 plus diving companies operating from one beach front area, they are all competing against each other by dropping price and ultimately quality of service. The abilities of some qualified divers skills is shocking, and its through lack of quality instruction and knowledge provided to the student at the time of basic training.There is no doubt in my mind a conveyor belt mentality of getting divers certified in some areas abroad, I have seen it many times. Dive operators have maybe 3 days or even less to get you trained and certified before you leave for home. My only advice is to take your time deciding and when you make your decision…..enjoy it because if it’s taught correctly, you’ll have an absolute blast!!

After our first dive we surfaced to find out the dive boat had left us to go and find a group of snorkelers they had lost in the water. The second day of diving we surfaced to find the dive masters as well as some new students on the dive boat drinking beer and having a party. We were horrified to see this and that was the end of our diving there.

As a good, safe diver, you have to know when to bail and say no more diving for us on this vacation.

Freedom Ryder 8-)………………

OMG! Where was this. I would be so angry! Please let us know where this was so we can all avoid this dive operator. That is so unsafe.

We dived with Seapro in the Dom Rep……they have these amazing vanishing boats that just disappear after each dive…..lol.

Wossa…….. ;D

I was very impressed with the instruction we got in Nicaragua. We checked the place out first and were ready to walk away if we didn’t think it was up to standards. It was just the 2 of us in the course and the instructor went at a good pace for us (we are both experienced snorklers and have both dived before without certification). We felt totally safe the entire time. The instructor was extremely serious when it came to safety and there was no drinking/joking around when we were diving. The owner of the dive shop who we also met was also very serious about safety and proper instruction. I think we must have gotten lucky. The rest of the week we were diving it was just the two of us with 2 divemasters on every dive.
Hola TussIt sounds like an awesome dive opt you ran across in Nicaragua. Two divers and two dive masters. I have never seen that at any dive opt we have been to.Wossa and I are confident divers and like to take off and do our own thing while diving. Of course we ask permission from the DM to do this. We always stay with the group for the first couple of dives and then we ask if we can go off on our own and they have always said yes.One dive trip to Mexico, we were doing our own dives etc…. and at the end of the dive the dive master had one student left and all of the rest of them were following Wossa and I around. We were not too impressed that we had a group of divers following us but the DM was going through too many deep passageways at the end of the dive and the group of divers said they did not feel too comfortable going through all of them since they were getting low on air so they followed us instead.

Wossa is also a DM and has numerous certifications but, he only shows the DM’s his open water and advanced cards so he does not have to help out the DM while on dives and we can just enjoy the diving and do our own thing.

We would love to head to Nicaragua sometime and dive with the people you got certified with. If we ever make it there we will PM you for the name of the dive opt.

Freedom Ryder 8-)………………….

wossa Guest Thanks for the links, it’s always good to get first hand recommendations….. Nicaragua, along with Guatamala, Costa Rica, Panama etc are places we would like to dive and visit over the next year or so.I hope you make it out to Honduras in the Autumn, let us know how you get on.

Wossa…… ;D

Tracelb4 Conquest is offering the Henry Morgan again,for a very good price. We paid $46 more for 2wks for 2 of us.We don’t usually go back to the same place but it’s good value and we enjoyed it. We are booked for Feb 13-27.

Mireille

We are booked for Feb 13-27.Mireille Hola MiaThat is awesome that you are booked again at the Henry Morgan.Wossa and I are looking at heading there again in March for two weeks this time instead of one. One week is just not enough time to get in all of our diving as well as explore everything we want to see.Will you be asking for extra weight allowance again for "Humanitarian Aid"?

Freedom Ryder 8-)………………..

wossa Guest Hey MiaAwesome you have booked to go back to Henry Morgan again. As Freedom mentioned above, we are looking to go back in March for two weeks this time as well. We can’t wait to get back to the diving and to exploring the rest of the Island.The year seems to be passing by so quickly, I am sure Feb/Mar will be here again before we know it!Wossa……. ;D
Hi Freedom and Wossa This year I probably will take stuff from Not Just Tourists and will try for excess baggage allowance. I will take fun stuff for the kids from the orphange. I will contact Rafa for some suggestions. Still have not received any pictures from the person Susie supposedly gave the soccer balls to. Won’t she be surprised to see us!! That is if she still has a job with Conquest.This will be interesting and we have a long time to think about how will handle this. Sugestions welcome.

Mia

Hola Mia

I am shocked to hear that Susie still has not sent you photos of the kids that the soccer balls were sent to. Well then again after meeting Susie, I am not surprised.

I would send a email to Susie via Rafa and let her know that You will be returning to HM for vacation and at that time You will be visiting the place the balls were sent to so you can take your own photos. Ask for am address and phone number of the location the balls are suppose to be.

Also let her know if the balls have not been delivered yet, (to give her an out), then tell her You will deliver the balls when You arrive this February.

I would also do a follow up letter to Conquest Vacations and let them know the problems you have been having regarding Susie and the balls. They may be able to get a straight answer from her.

Good Luck with everything and let me know if Wossa and I can do anything to help you out with this unfortunate situation.

Freedom Ryder 8-)………….

Hola Freedom Good suggestions! Also great ideas for the kids. Hopefully other people will act on these ideas for the kids. THey were alot of fun to be with!

Mia

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