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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by David J Yob, CO, USA
Report Number 3928
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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

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 299    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
NO solo diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
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.

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
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