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Dive Review of Sueno del Mar/Hot,el Pura Vida in

October, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Frayn, FL, USA
Report Number 845
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman, Cozumel, Utila, FL Keys, Bahamas, Catalina, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Usually stayed at 100 ft or less.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
For those of you familiar with the Bay Islands, Roatans West End is a big
Utila Town. If you are looking for Bay Islands quality diving with topside
nightlife, West End is the place to go.

Sueno del Mar Diving Center was well run with an enthusiastic staff. The
dive center sits out on stilts with a small dive shop, dive gear storage
area and the dock. There is a bar & restaurant upstairs from the dive
shop. They go out 3 times a day at 8:30, 10:45 and 2:00 for single tank
dives. Since the fringe reef is so close to shore it never takes more than
15 minutes to get to a dive site. Sueno dives off pangas despite the
picture of the large covered boat on their web site. My divemaster was a
cute little Kiwi named Kirsty. She did a great job and was probably one of
the best divemasters I have come across. She kept her group in sight but
never crowded them. She had an amazing eye for finding the small stuff on
the reef. The only thing I wasnt completely happy with was the length of
the dives. No dives ever exceeded 50 minutes. Rainy season lasts from
October to February so visibility was not as good as previous trips.

We stayed at Pura Vida Hotel. The hotel was clean and well maintained.
There was nothing special about the rooms. The sheets and towels were clean
and there was adequate hot water. The kitchen didnt open until 7:00 so you
need to go in search of coffee if you are an early riser. I would probably
look for a different place to stay next trip. However it was across the
street from Sueno del Mar so you couldnt beat the location.

Sundowner was the place for happy hour which begins promptly at 5:00 with
15 Lempira beers. There are a number of good places to eat; Argentina,
Belvederes, Pinocchio, Buccaneer and Cannibal Café. Shoes are not
required at any establishment in West End. My kind of place.
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