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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in
Honduras/Utila]

Laguna Beach Resort, Mar, 2003,

by Chris Hylemon & Ish Phillips, CO, USA . Report 537.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hr time limit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No compressed air on dock to dry equipment. Rinse tank on boat tended to be smaller and was right out in sun. No one briefed non photographers about dry table so they became a collection point for sunscreen, used drinking classes, snacks. Lots of subjects to shoot.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments LBR far exceeded our expectations for a Caribbean dive resort. The cottage was always spotless when we returned from our morning dives. The AC worked and the screens were intact. One nice touch in our cottage was the built-in work bench/table. Perfect for working on gear, cameras, storage space. The food was good and plentiful. We particularly enjoyed the dishes prepared with fresh fish and the lobster bar-b-que on the beach. The diving was also good! Walls, a wreck, shallow reefs, the drop-off dive in front of the resort, swimming with dolphins, and of course the whale sharks! There are so many dive sites around the island that we were able to dive "sheltered" sites every day regardless of the weather. The best part of the diving was the crew and service. From the time we arrived until we left we never had to touch any of our gear except to hang up our wetsuits. The crew and captain worked very hard changing tanks, organizing the gear, end-of-day rinsing, and stowing the gear. The dive guides also did a good job pointing things out on the dives; although in my opinion, several of them got carried away with the tank bangers. One thing I wished for was dockside compressed air to dry camera housings after rinsing. We also enjoyed the sea kayaks when we had the energy. An unexpected surprise was the fishing from the pier. We had an absolute blast hooking, but never catching, tarpon at night. Romy & Luciano (the managers) made it known that if you wanted anything, all you had to do was ask. We have never been to or don't know of any other place where you get so much value for so little money.
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