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Trip Report Guanaja, bay islands, Honduras, wonderful place to vacation

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GUANAJA is a wonderful tropical island and a fantastic place to vacation there are however, less than adequate accommodations, services and hosts with questionable social skills whom are totally unaccustomed to the needs and desires of travelers. We have found that many Hotels and B&B owners on travel review sites including Trip advisor with impeccable reviews are without a doubt written by business associates and the owners themselves. To believe these reviews as written one would think the reviews were about Club Med, The Ocean Reef Club or the British Colonial hotel. These site reviews are manipulated and rarely challenged by the web hosts. Attacks are against competitors and the reviews posted allow fraudulent and outright false representations of many hotels and attractions on Guanaja. I know this because I have visited 90% of the so called “Best of Guanaja. We visited the #1 Hotel according to Trip advisor that claimed they had a “dive shop” This of course did not have a dive shop, dive compressor, a beach or anything remotely resembling a first class hotel or B&B. I found a beautiful resort located on Guanaja's North side called The Guanaja Island Club. The operation was professional and operated by someone who knows diving and hospitality. Their rooms were good size, private and everything worked. Food was served three times per day, large portions and a really diverse menu. I ordered the local dishes and I loved them! The best food was done on open pit fires made on the beach Swine, seafoods and fowel all were tasty with great presentation.The bar had any kind of tropical tiki drink you can imagine and more. The bartender must have passed chemistry via mixology. Brian, the Captain and Diving Instructor was really great. Great personality, smart and was a hell of a great guide. He knew all of the best reefs to dive at the best times of day. Good with an underwater camera he made a photo log of our trip. We chartered the boat a few days for side trips to bars and points of interest. I thought the price was inexpensive and a great deal. The office at the Guanaja Island Club helped with our plane reservations and put together a mainland trip to Copan which was awesome too. They have a web site that shows what the diving is like, the rooms and resort beach.
Traveler’s do your homework. Take the time to research your destination and accommodations properly. Call and write the Hotels and B&B’s and get a feel for the people whom actually operate the places. If you are a Diver like myself you need to ask questions. About the vessels, dive equipment Do they actually have a licensed dive boat captain with experience, licensed instructors; ask about the diving schedules as well as the other activities they offer. Type in GUANAJA, guanaja Island Club, diving Guanaja and guanaja resorts on Google and see what comes up. Take it from there. Not all of the best places are on the travel review sites. Research and you will definitely enjoy your stay on guanaja a lot more. Good Luck all.

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