I have to give this an average rating for this excursion. The dive resort itself is unique, safe, peaceful and clean. It is a short ride from the cruise dock - an interesting ride through what I imagined Honduras would actually look like and something my 16 years old should see - rural poverty. We had to pass a mask clearing test before going for the dive. The dive guide was efficient, but not really personable. There is a "dolphin experience" before the dive begins where the dolphins are kept. This was a really neat experience, because our group was small and it was an intimate setting and it seemed like it was just us and the dolphins - very special. The diving portion is touted as diving with dolphins freely swimming around you (at about 60 ft). This is not true and somewhat of a disappointment. The dolphins are trained dolphins and are going through a routine really with their trainer who is along. There is nothing to see at the location at 60' (except one very large lion fish!) And if you are one of the first down, you must wait until the entire group is down on the bottom, until the activity begins. The water was very rough and this caused problems for many divers trying to get down to the bottom. I must say that my daughter loved the experience with the dolphins, having never been diving with them before.
My drawbacks are many though- the most important being that my daughter and I both suffered fire coral burns. We should be aware as divers but we were not warned of this - and the situation being that we had to do our safety stop by hanging on to a mooring line that was covered with fire coral - and since the water was so rough, our hands were being constantly dragged across the fire coral. When we surfaced, the dive guide did use vinegar to neutralize the stings, however, my daughter's were so bad she had to take oral steroids when we returned home! I would say the Dolphin experience only is exceptional and would give that a "very good"
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