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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in
Honduras/Bay Islands, Honduras

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Kerry Lytle, MI, U.S.A. (1 report)
Report Number 5718
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Mexico, Phillipines, Indonesia, Cayman Island, Little Cayman Island,
Curacao, Bahamas (at least 10 different islands)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
86   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Laguna Beach Resort has it all, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays, sting rays,
nurse sharks, tarpon, permit, whale sharks (and on a previous trip we
jumped in the water with pilot whales) and lots of little critters. The
little stuff includes, seahorses, pipefish, pipehorses, every sort of
blenny, nudibrancs, slender and pygmy file fish, tear-drop crab, peppermint
shrimp, whip coral shrimp and more. You will see plenty of green and
spotted morays as well as chain morays in the shallows near the resort.

There were tons of nursuries and juvenile fish, but the medium to large
fish are not as abundant as in some places. The numbers do seem to be
increasing as Utilians become increasingly conscious of preserving their

The dive operation is 1st class. Two 36' Newtons give plenty of room, great
ladders and a table for cameras. The dive staff makes diving as easy as it
gets. You never have to set up your own gear, unless you want to. Three
boat dives a day (4 if you ask them to put an extra tank on and jump off
the boat on the wall in front of the resort and dive in to the dock), plus
two night dives and unlimited shore diving allows you to dive your heart
out. The dive locker is just steps from the boat and there are separate
dunk tanks for gear, cameras and wet suits. There is a large drying rack
next to the lockers and there are showers on the dock. The dive shop has
plenty of good gear should any of yours fail. The dive staff brings your
BCD and regulator to the boat each day from the locker and sets up your
gear. Weight belts remain on the boat. All you have to do is grab your
mask,fins, snorkle and wetsuit or skin. At the end of the day, dive staff
removes and rinses your BCD and regulator and reurns them to the dive
locker. Water is available on the boat as well as a between dive snacks.

The Captains are very knowledable, fun and helpful. If there are
whalesharks, dolphins or other big critters in the area, they will find
them. They know the waters, the currents and the signs to follow.

The food is good and plentiful. The accomodations consist of individual or
duplex cabins, each with its' own dock on the lagoon. They have high
ceilings, lots of windows, air conditioning (sometimes it goes out but
mnagement is quick to attend to any problems), a deck with hammock, lots of
hooks inside and out, a hip high shelf running the length of the room, a
closet and open shelving in the bathroom. 

There is a beautiful, well maintained pool, shaped like a whale shark, on a
raised deck.

The owners show up at least once a week to greet guests. They seem to have
a knack for hiring staff, because the staff is always friendly and helpful
(I've been 4 tmes).

Some people are turned off by the fact that nothing goes into the toilets.
Its' a Honduran thing. The plumbing backs up if paper goes in. Luggage
sometimes doesn't arrive with you. Be prepared and pack your carry-on
accordingly. Staff will make every effort to track it down and in most
cases it will be there shortly. Don't panick, there's plenty of great gear
in the dive shop so you'll be diving no matter what.

The noseums were pretty thick in September. If there's a breeze they
disappear and they've not been a problem April and May. 

There is little to do other than diving. The lodge has an honor bar, a pool
table, satalite TV, a DVD player and a library consisting mainly of books
left behind by other guests. WiFi is available and management will let you
use their laptops if you need to get on-line. 

To get to town, you must arrange a boat ride with management. Town consists
of just a few shops and restaurants and some bars and dive shops. There are
only a few cars and most people get around on land by ATV, golf cart,
bicycle or motorcycle.

If you want easy, relaxed divng with the chance of seeing whale sharks and
lots of unusual little critters, LBR is the place to go!    
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