Villa on Dunbar Rock
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- Stay ‘stranded’ atop an isolated rocky islet with all-inclusive service
- Direct access to shore diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more
- Heated infinity pool with southwest oceans views for spectacular sunsets
- First-class facilities including a fitness centre and hot tubs in select rooms
Perched atop an isolated rock, just offshore from the island of Guanaja, the Villa on Dunbar Rock is a dream vacation resort with 360° views of the surrounding cays and ocean. This remarkable all-inclusive dive resort offers a unique experience from start to finish, describing itself as the Caribbean’s only “Liveaboard Rock”. And, much like a liveaboard, you’ll enjoy stunning views in every direction, and direct ocean access just steps from your room - with an onsite dive centre offering concierge-style dive services.
About Villa on Dunbar Rock
Once a private villa, this unique dive resort rises from the sea-level sandy beach, past four-floors of all-inclusive indulgence, to the rooftop helipad. Along the way, you’ll find relaxing lounging terraces, quaint courtyards, luxurious rooms and suites, an infinity pool, and a fitness centre with breathtaking panoramic views. With its combination of natural beauty, spectacular design, and a laid-back, inviting atmosphere, it’s no wonder that the Villa on Dunbar Rock is one of the Caribbean’s most unique all-Inclusive dive resorts -and a four-time winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Local legend has it that the infamous pirate Blackbeard once used this historical landmark as a mooring site and there is still treasure buried on the island. While pirate treasure is yet to be discovered - even in the hidden cave - this superb dive resort has become a prize in its own right. Spread over 15,000 square feet and four floors, the Villa on Dunbar Rock provides a number of different areas to escape, whether you’re looking for some peace or to socialise, as well as a variety of rooms and suites, all with guaranteed ocean views. And, you can even rent out the entire Villa on Dunbar Rock for your private use.
Explore the resort
Foodies are in for a real treat when staying at the Villa on Dunbar Rock. Sumptuous, gourmet meals, and exceptional service await alongside inspired drinks created daily by talented bartenders. There is one entree prepared for each meal, as well as a snack provided at cocktail hour, all announced on a blackboard in the dining area. If what you see is not for you, just let the staff know - the talented kitchen staff will happily create an alternative!
Most guests tend to spend their time on the Villa’s lower-level, which includes the Great Room, where guests will find a living and dining area complete with a flat screen TV. This is also the location of the infinity pool and pool bar, a favorite location for happy hour and to watch the sun set. The top level is home to a helipad, as well as relaxing swing chairs overlooking Bonacca Town and the west coast of Guanaja, and a gym with expansive ocean views. An on-call masseur is also on hand to remove those knots for a reasonable price. And, of course, this resort also provides access to a private white sand beach perfect for lounging, swimming, snorkeling, and diving.
Diving from the Villa on Dunbar Rock
This resort’s SSI and PADI 5-Star dive centre operates two custom dive boats, each accommodating up to 20 divers and featuring wide platforms for giant stride entries and sturdy ladders for exiting the water. They are aso provisioned with drinking water and fruit, along with freshwater showers, towels, camera rinse tanks, dry storage, and shaded areas. The resort’s friendly and professional staff pride themselves on their dive concierge service, carrying your gear, preparing it for the dive, changing it over for the second dive, and rinsing and storing it at the end of the day.
Villa on Dunbar Rock offers guests to explore over 50 named Guanaja dive sites - and another six or so secret spots. Plus, ‘Dunbar Rock’ itself is surrounded by fantastic snorkeling and very shallow shore diving with plenty of juvenile reef fish. Boat rides vary from 20-45 minutes and trips generally return to the resort for lunch - unless you’re diving the north shore of Guanaja. The dive centre boasts a substantial stock of well maintained rental equipment including weight integrated BCD’s in a variety of sizes, regulators, full foot fins, masks and snorkels, and dive computers. A limited number of wetsuits are also offered and nitrox can be provided at an additional cost. Weekly night dives are also offered.
- This rocky island is free from no-see-ums - a type of sand fly encountered elsewhere in the region.
- Prefer a little extra privacy? Why not rent out the entire villa for your exclusive use.
- The open bar includes delicious local beer, house wine, liquor, and soft drinks. Top-shelf liquor and specialty drinks are available for purchase at a surcharge.
- Helicopter service can be chartered from Roatan for a maximum of five guests. The views during the flight are breathtaking!
Villa on Dunbar Rock is dedicated to responsible business practices that include water conservation, energy reduction, proper waste disposal, use of mooring buoys, and respect for local cultures, laws and regulations. And, in a continuing effort to make a difference, especially to the ocean environment, this resort is also an active Conservation Partner with REEF.org. Within this, Villa on Dunbar Rock promotes reef fish survey dives and provides a REEF orientation night to introduce guests to REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project.
Fish identification classes are offered at both Villa on Dunbar Rock and its sister resort, Cabanas on Clark's Cay. Instructors and dive guides at both resorts are very familiar with the local marine life and have fish, invertebrate, and coral identification books on hand for our guests to use. Lionfish removal is also coordinated by both of the resorts’ dive operations.
Finally, Villa on Dunbar Rock is a proud member of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact on local communities. And, their team has also helped to establish Guanaja’s first Library and Learning Centre. Staff members and guests have stocked the library with over 10,000 books thus far.
Diving in Roatan and Guanaja
Eagle rayYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Walls & pinnaclesYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
SSI / PADI 5-Star
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