Part of a volcanic and coral mountain range, Guanaja is within the world's second-largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Dive sites surround the entire island, meaning it's possible to find a site with calm water on nearly any day of the week. Just steps from the sandy beach, the rocks and flats surrounding the island are perfect for those who love shore diving and searching for all of the unique fish species that inhabit the shallows. The Villa on Dunbar Rock is a one of a kind resort providing stunning 360 degree views. The 15,000 square foot property spans 4 floors, with plenty of space for fun group gatherings to discuss the day's fish sightings!
Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!
Pricing: $1,995 per diver based on double occupancy in an ocean front room. $2,499 per diver based on double occupancy in a suite. Single occupancy may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note: a 19% Honduran tax will be added to all packages.
Accommodations: The Villa on Dunbar Rock has 6 ocean front rooms with 2 queen beds and 3 ocean front rooms with 1 king bed. There are also two suites available. The Presidential Suite has 1 kind bed, a sitting area, and outdoor Jacuzzi. The Penthouse Suite has 2 queen beds, and a sitting area with excellent water views. All rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, digital safe, private bathroom, and patio or balcony. Due to space, single occupancy is available only on a first-come, first-served basis. No children under age 16 are permitted as guests at the Villa on Dunbar Rock. Please note: there are a considerable amount of stairs between the dock, guest rooms and the dining area. Participants should be physically able to climb a few flights of stairs multiple times throughout the day.
Diving: The trip package includes up to 3 boat dives each day, beginning Sunday, April 11 and ending Friday, April 16. Boats depart for a 2-tank dive each morning, and a 1-tank afternoon dive following lunch. Unlimited shore diving is available 24/7. Nitrox is available for $120 for the week. Please be prepared to present your certification card. Average water temperature during the time of the trip is 80 degrees F.
Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, up to 3 boat dives daily (excluding arrival and departure days) unlimited shore diving, gourmet meals and happy hour snacks, coffee and tea, Wi-Fi, use of sea kayaks and paddleboards, and boat transfers to/from Guanaja airport.
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials. REEF Fee applies to all divers and/or attendees age 18 and up.
Other Costs Paid to REEF: A 19% Honduran tax will be added to the cost of all packages. An inter-island flight from Roatan to Guanaja will be arranged by the resort for all guests and the cost for this will be paid directly to REEF. As of March 2019 the current price for this flight is $195, and it is expected to increase slightly by the time of the trip.
Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights and associated travel to and from Roatan, optional Nitrox available for $120/week, optional rental gear, alcoholic beverages. Gratuities are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
About the Trip Leader: Janna Nichols works extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project as REEF's Citizen Science Program Manager. She coordinates REEF's social media presence and also established REEF's online Fishinar program. Janna is passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification, and many of her photos appear in west coast marine life ID guides, publications, and online resources. Having completing more than 1,000 REEF surveys, she is a member of REEF's Golden Hamlet Club and is an expert level surveyor in the Pacific Coast, Hawaii and Tropical Western Atlantic regions.
How to Sign Up: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Roatan (RTB) arriving on or before Saturday, April 10, and departing on Saturday, April 17. Participants are responsible for booking their own international airfare to Roatan. After booking international travel, you will be asked to provide your flight details to REEF. The Villa on Dunbar Rock will book inter-island flights from Roatan to Guanaja for all guests. The current price for this flight (as of March 2019) is $195. Please note that since the inter-island flight is not able to be booked until a month prior to travel, the rates are subject to change.
Passports, Documentation and Visas: Visitors to Honduras are required to have a current passport that is valid for at least six month after the date of entry, and one blank page. U.S. citizens visiting Honduras for less than 90 days do not require a visa. Please refer to the appropriate consulate for requirements to enter Honduras.
Transfers: Boat transfers from the Guanaja airport are included in the package. Upon arrival, participants will be greeted by a Villa on Dunbar Rock representative, who will collect luggage and lead everyone to the boat dock. It is about a 10 minute boat ride from the airport to the Villa.