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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in
Honduras/Utila

Laguna Beach Resort, Sep, 2002,

by Marc Massari, CA, USA . Report 206.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Southern California, Hawaii, Mexico.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 88 to 95 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 feet max; visual of Divemaster(not strictly enforced)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our only mistake was not staying hear longer. We had 12 days planned for our honeymoon and we chose to spend only 4 on Utila, with the remainder on Roatan at AKR. I think Utila probably lies in the shadow of bigger Roatan, but the diving is definately much better. Laguna Beach Resort was very nice. The manager(Luciano) welcomed us at the small airport and escorted us to the resort, which lies on a small island off the coast. There we were met by his girlfriend (8 years, lets go Luciano) Romina, who gave us the grand tour. They both catered to every need we had for our stay there. The food was great and plentyful and all of us ate together. Do pay attention to the warnings about the "no see ums" in Honderas. They are there in force! We were prepared so it was fine. For those of you like me who have never had to worry about bitting bugs, take note, these bugs didn't get the message.
Our Captain(Wagner) and Divemaster(Dan) were the best. They took care of every need and made the trip nice. They have the fastest boat on the island which came in handy when we were out hunting for Whale Sharks. The boat was clean and in great condition. It included two rinse tanks for camera's and gear, and plenty of room to relax. The dive sites included swim through's, caves, pinacles, giant walls, health coral and great marine life. The walls were a hit with all of us. They went down almost 3000 feet, and you could see palagics swimming right along the wall. We saw Southern Sting Rays, Eagle Rays(my favorite), BIG Grouper, huge schools of Jacks, tangs, baracuda,tuna and so many more. The highlight of the trip was definately the blue water diving. Because Utila sits right on the continental divide, you don't have to go far off shore to see big pods of dolphins(which we snorkeled with), and Whale Sharks. Probably one of my greatest life experiences was swimming with a 35 foot male Whale Shark. We did four dives with he fish and the only word to describe it is Surreal. Our whole reason for going to Utila was the dream of seeing a Whale Shark, I guess dreams do come true.
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