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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in
Honduras/Bay Islands, Honduras

Laguna Beach Resort, Sep, 2010,

by Kerry Lytle, MI, U.S.A. ( 1 report). Report 5718.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Laguna Beach Resort has it all, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays, sting rays, nurse sharks, tarpon, permit, whale sharks (and on a previous trip we jumped in the water with pilot whales) and lots of little critters. The little stuff includes, seahorses, pipefish, pipehorses, every sort of blenny, nudibrancs, slender and pygmy file fish, tear-drop crab, peppermint shrimp, whip coral shrimp and more. You will see plenty of green and spotted morays as well as chain morays in the shallows near the resort.

There were tons of nursuries and juvenile fish, but the medium to large fish are not as abundant as in some places. The numbers do seem to be increasing as Utilians become increasingly conscious of preserving their environment.

The dive operation is 1st class. Two 36' Newtons give plenty of room, great ladders and a table for cameras. The dive staff makes diving as easy as it gets. You never have to set up your own gear, unless you want to. Three boat dives a day (4 if you ask them to put an extra tank on and jump off the boat on the wall in front of the resort and dive in to the dock), plus two night dives and unlimited shore diving allows you to dive your heart out. The dive locker is just steps from the boat and there are separate dunk tanks for gear, cameras and wet suits. There is a large drying rack next to the lockers and there are showers on the dock. The dive shop has plenty of good gear should any of yours fail. The dive staff brings your BCD and regulator to the boat each day from the locker and sets up your gear. Weight belts remain on the boat. All you have to do is grab your mask,fins, snorkle and wetsuit or skin. At the end of the day, dive staff removes and rinses your BCD and regulator and reurns them to the dive locker. Water is available on the boat as well as a between dive snacks.

The Captains are very knowledable, fun and helpful. If there are whalesharks, dolphins or other big critters in the area, they will find them. They know the waters, the currents and the signs to follow.

The food is good and plentiful. The accomodations consist of individual or duplex cabins, each with its' own dock on the lagoon. They have high ceilings, lots of windows, air conditioning (sometimes it goes out but mnagement is quick to attend to any problems), a deck with hammock, lots of hooks inside and out, a hip high shelf running the length of the room, a closet and open shelving in the bathroom.

There is a beautiful, well maintained pool, shaped like a whale shark, on a raised deck.

The owners show up at least once a week to greet guests. They seem to have a knack for hiring staff, because the staff is always friendly and helpful (I've been 4 tmes).

Some people are turned off by the fact that nothing goes into the toilets. Its' a Honduran thing. The plumbing backs up if paper goes in. Luggage sometimes doesn't arrive with you. Be prepared and pack your carry-on accordingly. Staff will make every effort to track it down and in most cases it will be there shortly. Don't panick, there's plenty of great gear in the dive shop so you'll be diving no matter what.

The noseums were pretty thick in September. If there's a breeze they disappear and they've not been a problem April and May.

There is little to do other than diving. The lodge has an honor bar, a pool table, satalite TV, a DVD player and a library consisting mainly of books left behind by other guests. WiFi is available and management will let you use their laptops if you need to get on-line.

To get to town, you must arrange a boat ride with management. Town consists of just a few shops and restaurants and some bars and dive shops. There are only a few cars and most people get around on land by ATV, golf cart, bicycle or motorcycle.

If you want easy, relaxed divng with the chance of seeing whale sharks and lots of unusual little critters, LBR is the place to go!
Websites Laguna Beach Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Mexico, Phillipines, Indonesia, Cayman Island, Little Cayman Island, Curacao, Bahamas (at least 10 different islands)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 86-88°F / 30-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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