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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in
Honduras/Utila

Laguna Beach Resort, Mar, 2009,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 65 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 4747.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean and several different locations in the Pacific
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving; 1 hour dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The dive boat had a large camera rinse and nice sized camera table.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Laguna Beach Resort (LBR) is a 10 minute boat ride from Utila Town. It is off by itself. Nice and quiet. The cabanas are very spacious and clean; each has its own little dock on the lagoon. The resort has a new, large pool shaped like a whale shark; it's a very nice addition. There is also a nice beach area. All meals are buffet style with the food tasty but not fancy.

We had a family group so we essentially had our own dive boat all week with the same divemaster and boat captain (Blythe and John). The dive boat was a 32' Newton so it was very spacious. The crew took care of the BC and regulators everyday including rinsing. Nice touch.

Blythe is an excellent dive guide providing good dive briefings doing her best to find critters to photograph. The 2 morning dives are on the north side with the opportunity for a whale shark encounter during the surface interval. We had a couple of encounters. The PM dive is on the south side.

The reef marine life seems to have diminished since I was last here in 2005. Too much local fishing and on-shore development.

The staff at LBR is very friendly and helpful. The owner and managers were especially helpful in retrieving a laptop left at the San Pedro Sula airport. Throughout our stay, they provided lots of personal attention.

The biggest negative at LBR are the no see'ums (sand fleas). They will eat you up.
I returned home with at least 2 dozen small, itchy welts all over my body.
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