Dunbar Rock INV, SA Villa on Dunbar Rock

1308 Village Creek DR, Suite 1000, 75093 Plano (TX)
United States of America

Telephone +1 469 8651025
Reservations@dunbarrock.com

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boot 2017 hall map (Hall 3): stand C86

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Product category: Diving Trips

GUANAJA SCUBA DIVING

DIVING GUANAJA’S BARRIER REEF
Guanaja’s fringing reef is a protected marine reserve making it an ideal spot for scuba diving and snorkeling nearly anywhere offshore the mainland. 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. 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 scuba 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.

Dive sites ring the island, meaning finding a location to scuba 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. Scuba 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 snorkeling as well as scuba diving. Separate snorkel tours are offered to ensure you are taken to a site that is guaranteed for good snorkeling.  When joining the scuba 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 your scuba diving registration.

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About us

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The Villa on Dunbar Rock is one of the Caribbean’s most unique dive resorts; truly one of a kind. This beautiful historical landmark was once used as a mooring for the famous pirate Blackbeard. Local legend has it that there is buried treasure on the island. When the original owner was constructing the villas, he discovered a hidden cave on the island. He found many pieces of pre-Colombian pottery, but sadly no treasure. But he started construction on what would soon become a new jewel in the Caribbean.

The current ownership has added even more sparkle to this jewel, and more important, more sparkle in the eyes of the local people.  Fiercely committed to “giving back” to the people of Guanaja, the team has established, with the assistance of a great number of supporters, Guanaja’s first Library and Learning Center in Bonacca that has been stocked with over 10,000 books donated by guests from the Villa.

In March 8, 2016, Guanaja’s first hyperbaric chamber and clinic (Clinica Hiperbarica) opened made possible through a grant from DAN and the generous contributions from the owner of Dunbar Rock and a close associate.

Through the combined efforts of many people and agencies, the municipal government can now operate and offer Hyperbaric oxygen therapy not only to the people of Guanaja, but those of the Bay Islands and the nearby Honduran mainland coast as well. Equally important is the positive impact knowledge of an accessible chamber will have in promoting dive tourism to the island from around the world.

Throughout 2015 and on into 2016, the team began reestablishing the mooring ball system at known dive sites and adding additional moorings at new sites throughout the national park system.  Over 50 dives sites have now been set up on the mooring system to help protect the reefs.

Further commitment to supporting the island is evidenced by the all-Guajanian staff under the leadership of General Manager and Dive Instructor Denis Midence, who has been with the Villa since the late 1990’s.

Denis is assisted in the water and on “The Rock” by right-hand-men Raynel and Daniel, Tarsis in Reception, Chef Manuelito (pictured below with a guest) holding court in the kitchen.  They in turn are supported by other key, hard working, warm and welcoming team members.

All of our staff, from those who have been with us since the first concrete block was laid to those who are new to the team are committed to going above and beyond. They make sure each and every guest is treated like they are our only guest, and leaves feeling like they have had the vacation of a lifetime.

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