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Dive Review of Utila Dive Centre/Mango Inn in

February, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Becky Cochran, CA, USA
Report Number 1575
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Turk, Cayman Brac, Florida Keys, Maui, Big Island, San Salvador,
Cozumel, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth, time, and air limits enforced - some extended bottom times allowed
if air allowed, but no more than 5-10 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
Accomodations were overall good and very reasonably priced - air
conditioned cabins or rooms with private bath and TV are worth the extra
charge.  Otherwise, you might be sharing your bathroom and accomodations
with an instructor or divemaster student.  Average wait for dinner was 1
hour after ordering - good pasta selections and pizza, but other selections
just okay.  UDC seems to be having a problem deciding whether it wants to
cater to students or to divers traveling on a package; John and Stefan
attempted to make the distinction and offer better service to those on
packages, but attitude of other divemasters was not as service-oriented. 
There was much confusion over who were divemasters and who were DM's in
training, who was leading groups, and who was giving briefings, etc.  There
were rumors that cruise ship passengers were given priority on the days in
port over those with packages.  Morning boat schedules for cruise ship days
were in flux until 6pm the night before.  Bring DEET - highest percentage
you can handle.  I had Repel Sportsman's Formula with 29% Deet and kept
covered from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to bed, including
time spent on the dock between morning and afternoon dives and seemed to do
pretty well with only about 10 bites for the entire trip.  Overall, stay at
Mango Inn, but perhaps choose another dive shop if you're not there for
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