The Villa on Dunbar Rock
September 24th - October 1st 2016

Google Maps: Guanaja, Bay Islands Honduras

If you define a perfect dive vacation as one including no crowds - except perhaps the one you bring with you….not having to dress up for dinner, concierge dive service and a reef system you can practically call your own, it’s time to read on, pack your bags and head to the Villa on Dunbar Rock.

The Villa on Dunbar Rock is not just a resort. It’s a dream vacation destination in and of itself. Visits to Dunbar Rock are unique from start to finish. 

Guests arriving at the Guanaja Airport are warmly greeted by their staff and escorted not to a parking lot and shuttle van, (no parking lot, no road!) but to a dock and transfer boat for the 10 minute boat transfer to the cay. Time to sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery at the beach area on Dunbar Rock.

Here is a PDF regarding Dunbar Rocks travel policies, pre-trip planning, arriving in Honduras, and general information for divers. 

Package Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in chosen room category
  • All meals, coffee and tea
  • WiFi
  • Government (15%) and Tourist (4%) Taxes
  • 6 days of 3-tank diving (one day includes a night dive)
  • Unlimited tanks for familiarization shore dives
  • Complimentary use of sea kayaks
  • Tours conducted by Dunbar Rock Staff: Bonacca Town, mainland Guanaja and other cays
  • Boat Transfers to/from Guanaja airport

Package Excludes:

  • International Airfare to Roatan or San Pedro Sula
  • Lanhsa Airfare to Guanaja ($180 usd per person round trip) subject to change
  • Gratuities
  • Nitrox ($120 per week)
  • Personal Dive Equipment
  • Unlimited beverages can be added for $144 per person, (Its listed as $120 + 20% Tax)
  • Trip/Cancellation/Interruption Insurance
  • Dive Accident Insurance

STANDARD ROOM - ALL STANDARD ROOMS HAVE BEEN BOOKED.
$1790 Per Person Double Occupancy, Diver
$1480 Per Person Double Occupancy, Non-Diver
$2450 Per Person Single Occupancy, Diver

DELUXE ROOM - ALL DELUXE ROOMS HAVE BEEN BOOKED, HOWEVER THERE IS A SINGLE DIVER LOOKING FOR A ROOMMATE. 
$1995 Per Person Double Occupancy, Diver
$1750 Per Person Double Occupancy, Non-Diver
$2775 Per Person Single Occupancy, Diver

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
King Size bed, Hot Tub, Office furnishings, cable television, refrigerator, separate sitting area. Pricing coming soon, only a single Presidential suite is available.
$2525 Per Person Double Occupancy, Diver - SOLD OUT

PENTHOUSE SUITE
Two Queen Beds, glass enclosed living room, reception area with wet bar, refrigerator, Cable Television. Pricing coming soon, only a single Penthouse suite is available.
$2525 Per Person Double Occupancy, Diver - SOLD OUT

To insure your space a $250 non-refundable deposit payable to Aquatic Adventures Ohio is required. 

Pre-Trip Meeting will be held Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30 pm

Before you know it the Villa is in view, and thank your lucky stars you get to call this amazing place “HOME” for the next week.  Once docked you can leave all your luggage behind for our delivery to your room, and focus your attention on winding your way up the stairs, or take the ramp-way around the circumference.

Perched on a cay with 360° views of Sandy Bay, Guanaja and surrounding cays, this unique resort blends beauty, serenity and something unidentifiably special in a laid-back, inviting atmosphere.

The 15,000 square foot property is spread across 4 floors.  The ground level provides access to a private white sand beach for lounging, swimming and snorkeling and the dive center just off the docks.

A set of wide stairs leads to a roomy terrace (perhaps for our future herb garden?) then on to the 2 main levels which house our rooms and common areas.

The Rooms

There are 8 rooms total at the Villa, with plans underway to create a Presidential Suite as a 9th room.

The 2 Standard Ocean View Rooms have one queen bed and one twin bed.   There are also 6 Deluxe Ocean View rooms, all with two queen beds.

All rooms have an ocean view, private balcony and  digital safe.  They are fully air-conditioned, though ceiling fans are available for those who prefer the fresh sea air.

Private baths and bath amenities include shower, hair dryer, shampoo and body soap. Please bring your own travel alarm clock if needed. All linens and towels including beach towels are provided. Housekeeping services are provided daily.  The electric plugs in your room are the standard US 110 V plugs. European visitors will need to bring their own adaptors.  Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms, however there are no phones.

The gathering areas

There are any number of different areas to which one can “escape” if seeking isolation or congregate if feeling social.

Most of our guests tend to spend their time on the Villa’s third-level, which includes the common room with a flat screen TV/living area and inside dining room. This is also the location of the infinity pool and pool bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout these areas.

Not to be missed is bit of relaxation time swinging in one of the porch swings, enjoying the cooling tradewinds and views offered from the fourth level of the Villa. There is also a second bar area here and table seating should you wish to take your meals “al fresco.” Four of the eight Deluxe Ocean View rooms are accessed via various stairways winding around this level.

Guests who are concerned that the invigoration stair climbing won’t be quite enough to work off the home made breakfast tortilla’s will be pleased to hear that we now have a cardio room available with a treadmill and universal gym

Guanaja Diving

Part of a volcanic and coral mountain range called The Bonacca Ridge, Guanaja marks the beginning of the second largest barrier reef in the world – the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

Guanaja’s fringing reef is a protected marine reserve making it an ideal spot for diving and snorkeling nearly anywhere offshore the mainland. It offers a mixture of pinnacles, vertical walls, lava tunnels and wrecks including the nearby Jado Trader, one of the most sought-after wrecks in the Caribbean. It also boasts nearly every species of coral growing in the Caribbean Sea, including several species of rare black coral, and sponges of all colors, shapes and sizes.

The diving in Guanaja  shares many similarities to our sister islands, however being a remote location with few visitors, our reefs have remained virtually untouched by diver impact.  There is also no competition for dives sites, as with only 2 dive operators and 45+ sites, you really will feel like you have our reef system all to your own.bluebell tunicates

Dive sites ring the island, meaning finding a location to dive in the lee of the wind is nearly always possible. In addition to the sites surrounding Guanaja, the innumerable cays that encircle the island form an ideal habitat for reef creatures and virtually every known crustacean.  From tiny black spotted nudibranchs to cave dwelling Caribbean lobster, the reef systems is ideal for macro and close up photography. There are also more than 300 identified fish species in Bay Island waters. Divers frequently see Angelfish, Hamlets, Butterfly fish, Creole Wrasse, Grouper, Jackfish, Moray eels, Octopus, Parrotfish, Nurse sharks and more.

Nearly all of the sites offer lively shallow terraces that are perfect for snorkelers. Separate snorkel tours are offered to ensure you are taken to a site that is guaranteed for good snorkeling.  When joining the divers, we also do our best to accommodate sites that work well for divers and snorkelers.

Visibility is generally around 100 feet/30 meters. During the rainy season (roughly October to January) visibility can dip below the usual, though we are always able to scout out the areas that offer the best conditions. Currents are mostly mild to non-existent.

All visitors to Guanaja are now required to make a $10.00 (annual) cash contribution to the Environmental Fund for the Protection of Guanaja Island. Proceeds go toward the preservation of the reefs, mangroves and general ecosystem as well as to fund environmental education programs for Guanaja residents. The $10.00 contribution will be collected at Dunbar Rock during check-in.

Dive sites

Click on t the map for more details regarding their dive sites.

SHORE DIVING AND SNORKELING “AROUND THE ROCK”

The “rock” on which the Villa is built is surrounded by flats perfect for snorkeling but may be too shallow to be considered a “proper dive” by some divers.  If diving in 8′ – 10′ of water is okay in your book, the dive is a thoroughly enjoyable experience – and it certainly won’t interfere with your safe dive profile!  The rocks and coral heads that encase the circumference of the Villa are home to many juvenile fish including drums and queen angel fish. Purple sea fans wave in the shallows in every direction.  Schools of squid hang midway in the water column with needlefish just under the surface.  All to be seen just steps off the sandy beach, as often as you wish.

There is also a small area off the beach that gets a bit deeper and is suitable for training or familiarization dives. If you have been out of the water for some time, we encourage you to take a self-guided off-shore refresher dive to check your buoyancy and dive equipment while still within safe distance of the dive staff and facilities.

All packages include unlimited use of tanks for these shore dives, and insured visiting instructors are welcome to teach their students in this area.

dining at the villa

"Foodies” are sure to enjoy the hearty meals Chef Manuel serves up for breakfast, lunch and dinner – with a cocktail hour snack tucked in as well.  There is a communal coffee urn in the dining area and we invite the first person up to plug it in if it is not already going when you arrive! Our staff will generally beat you to it as they get there early to prepare for your breakfast, which is served around 7:30.  Cereal and toast are available for those who arise earlier or who just want a light breakfast. Lunch is served whenever the morning dive boats return, the late afternoon snack after the return of the afternoon boat dive, and dinner generally around 6:30 – 7:00.

They have found that most of their guests prefer to be served family style or buffet style, so you can have as much or as little of the dishes served.  Having grown up in Honduras, Chef Manual knows how to create menus that meld local flavors and dishes with more continental classics.

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Provisioning in a remote location such as theirs can be a bit of a challenge and therefor requires a good deal of advanced planning. They therefor query all of their guests for information on food allergies and dietary restrictions prior to their arrival.

The bar is stocked with top shelf brands as well as very tasty local beer, wine and spirits. The local beer is great and inexpensive at $2.75. Drinks made with local spirits – which are also very good – are approximately $4.50.  Local beer and local spirits can be purchases a la carte or you can pre-purchase the bar-inclusive add on to any package.  Specialty drinks run about $7.00 but very sip of Lisette’s Monkey La-La is worth it!

"Around the rock"

Those of you who think a vacation at the Villa means being “rock-bound” need not worry as there are always options offered to leave the cay. In addition to daily departures to go diving, the staff of The Sea Angel will be happy to give you a tour of  Bonacca Town,  take you on a hike to one of the waterfalls on Guanaja, or out to enjoy some good German beer at Manati Bar & Restaurant.  On Friday afternoon’s all guests who wish to (which is most since we take our bartender with us!) can join the island tour as they cruise to Savanna Bight, stop at Graham’s place for a bit, and then head home just in time to catch the sunset.

GETTING TO GUANAJA Dunbar rock

Flights into Guanaja are best scheduled via connecting flights on Lanhsa Airlines, the National Airline of Honduras from either Roatan (RTB) or San Pedro Sula (SAP.) For US based visitors, direct flights are available on Saturday’s to either of these airports from MIA, ATL, IAH and EWR.

We will arrange your Lanhsa Airline Flights, once you have your flight information please relay it to us so we can coordinate this flight. 

To/From Roatan (RTB): There is a direct flight from Roatan to Guanaja at 4:00 PM. Incoming flights should arrive in Roatan no later than 2:00 PM. The return flight leaves Guanaja for Roatan at approximately 10:00 am. Connecting flights out of Roatan should be booked for after 12:00 noon.

To/From San Pedro Sula (SAP): There is a flight from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba (LCE) at 3:00 PM connecting to a flight to Guanaja at 3:45 PM. Incoming flights should arrive in San Pedro Sula no later than 1:00 PM. The return flight leaves Guanaja for La Ceiba at 8:15 AM, connecting with a 9:00 flight to San Pedro Sula. Connecting flights out of San Pedro Sula should be booked for after 12:00 noon.

Current Luggage Info: 50 pound checked bag plus one carry on. Additional bags can be checked at 70 cents a pound. 

ADDITIONAL TRIP INFORMATION:

Final Payment: 100 days prior to departure date for trip, on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Full payment must be made if any traveler signs up for trip under 100 days prior to departure.

Payments are to be made by check to Aquatic Adventures Ohio:

Aquatic Adventures Ohio
3940 Lyman Drive
Hilliard, OH  43026

Payments made by credit card will be subject to a 3% processing fee.

Late Payment:  Late payments will result in a $25/day late fee and will be subject to the fees/penalties associated by the respective operators.

Cancellations:  Aquatic Adventures Ohio incurs unrecoverable charges preparing for your trip; therefore monies cannot be refunded if cancellations occur less than 60 days before departure. Cancellations more than 60 days prior to departure can be refunded with the exception of the non-refundable deposit. Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.

Changes to airline schedules and routing are at the sole discretion of the airline; Aquatic Adventures Ohio cannot be held accountable for these changes.  Any cost incurred that is not covered by the airlines would be the responsibility of the traveler. Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.

Cancellation Note: Unfortunately, we cannot vary from our stated cancellation policy regardless of your situation. We recommend that you buy trip cancellation insurance immediately upon booking your trip.

We strongly recommend the use of travel insurance for any of your trips.