Dunbar Rock - Guanaja
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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.
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 PADI/SSI dive center just off the docks. A set of wide stairs leads to a roomy terrace (perhaps for our future herb garden?) before passing a landing area with a central courtyard and the gift shop, then on to the 2 main levels which house our rooms and common areas.
"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, our staff 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 us for a island tour as we cruise to Savanna Bight, stop at Graham’s place for a bit, and then head home just in time to catch the sunset."
Throughout 2015 and on into 2016, the dive 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.