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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Hart, TX, USA
Report Number 2045
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Grand Cayman; Little Cayman; Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Costa Rica,
Palau, Utila, Bahamas, San Salvador, Bimini, and more
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
90   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Lots of U/W photographers.  The boats have both rinse tubs for cameras and
a table.  However, the table was at times used by other divers for just
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
This is our second trip to LBR.  They have the same owner (Troy) as before,
but new managers (Luciano and Romina).  They are an absolute delight and
will bend over backwards to make sure you are taken care of.  We went on
May in hopes of seeing a whale shark.  There had been 2 or 3 seen every day
until we got there, then they just disappearred.  However, we did see a 25
footer on our last day.  The highlight of our trip was encountering a pod
of orcas.  At one point I think we had about 12 ocras around the boat.  5
of the whales stayed with the boat for a little over 2 hours.  They would
swim under the boat, and just seemed curious about us.  There were 2
"babies"  that seemed to be twins.  They swan everywhere together
while big mama kept her eys on them and us. I was able to get some video
footage of the orcas under the boat and the mama orca actually bumped my
video housing.  To see a sample of the video you can go to this site. [ link]
There was a pretty good breeze most of the time which really kept the bugs
away.  However, I have been there when there was not any wind, and the
no-see-ums will eat you alive.
This is a great place with an involved owner and excellent manager team. 
The boats and dive center are really nice.
Highly recommend LBR!
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