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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in

September, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Marc Massari, CA, USA
Report Number 206
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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

Water Temp
88   to 95    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 feet max; visual of Divemaster(not strictly enforced)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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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