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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in
Honduras/Utila

Laguna Beach Resort, Feb, 2008,

by David J Yob, CO, USA . Report 3928.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Truck, Kona, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Belize, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 299 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions NO solo diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Boats have separate big bucket for cameras on good boat. No other facilities for UWP except what you bring with you. Air conditioned rooms have big long table to reload your camera.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Utila is, for the Caribbean, a fairly difficult destination. Being so close to Roatan it is a good alternate week location with air service between the islands on Saturday only.

Bring everything that you are going to need. The Laguna Beach Resort is accessible by boat only which provides a nice environment but arrangements have to be made to get into town. This is clearly the nicest resort on the island. The boats are Newtons which are powerful new and well maintained. The boats at the resort are much better than anyone elses on the island. The downside is that the sand fleas are murder, bring lots of DEET! The food is excellent but each meal only has one or two choices. If you have special dietary needs they will accommodate. Free internet is available. There is a limited dive shop on site and you can rent your gear. There are several dive shops in town if you forgot something but my recommendation is to bring your own dive gear if you have it.

The diving is fairly easy although a bit more demanding than Roatan. What is exciting that the range of creatures is significantly different than Roatan. All boat diving is guided except for a short drop off dive, which is also the same rout as the single shore dive. While shore diving is unlimited it is the saeme rout and no solo diving is permitted, getting in many extra dives is not that realistic. Included in the package are two boat based night dives that range from excellent to boring. Nitrox is available but arrange it beforehand, at least by the night of arrival, because it is blended elsewhere.

BUT MOST OF ALL THEY HAVE WHALE SHARKS AT UTILA! If you are lucky enough to see one you may snorkel only. The better operators have specific rules which are posted and you are briefed as an orientation on shore and again before entering the water. Your encounter may last a few seconds or a few minuets. This was my third stay here but my first sighting of a whale shark.
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