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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jeffrey R. Johnson, IL, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2430
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Fiji, Palau, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Saba, Roatan, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth restrictions were given but not strongly enforced, no gloves allowed,
time restrictions enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
We went for whale sharks but saw none.  There were a number of disappointed
people, some who had been there previous year and hadn't seen any that year
either.  However, we did meet a couple of ladies who had seen them four
years in a row, hoping to make it five.

Otherwise diving was good, not great.  Didn't see much in the way of big
stuff - no sharks, only a couple of turtles and eagle rays.  Did see lots
of green moray eels, some out and about.  Highlight were Sea Horses -
White, Orange, and Black.  Our Divemaster Annette was excellent at finding
the small stuff - flatworms, nudibranchs, shrimp, etc.  Dive staff and boat
captain were great.  

Resort was very nice, great scenic location, staff and service were
excellent.  Accomodations were comfortable - air conditioning + ceiling
fan, comfortable bed, hammocks and chairs on deck where we had beautiful
sunsets.  Food was buffet style, not gourmet but satisfactory.  Big
downside was the abundance of bugs - nothing seemed to work for us and
others, similar to other trips we've taken to Central America.  

Wouldn't recommend going during Easter Week as we did - influx of natives
returning for big family week but stress on island's utilities.  All in
all, an enjoyable week - maybe some day we'll roll the dice again and head
back for whale sharks.
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