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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in

Laguna Beach Resort, May, 2003,

by Jean and Bob Kirkpatrick, KY, USA . Report 1112.

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 N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our sixth trip to Laguna Beach Resort, and it was better than ever. It's an adventure to get there, but worth it. The resort is situated on a peninsula accessible only by boat, and it is a beautiful setting. The cottages, with individual docks, face the lagoon, and they are spacious and comfortable. Made of local hardwood, they have AC and ceiling fans, comfortable beds with good lighting, plenty of storage space, and baths with showers. The main building is also attractive and houses the dining room, an honor bar, and a game room upstairs with a TV. Meals were excellent, thanks to a new chef, and managers Luciano and Romina took care of every person and every request. The dive operation is also excellent. There is storage next to the dock, and the staff sets up your gear on one of three wonderful dive boats. You carry only your wetsuit,mask, and fins, and step on board. Boats have camera tables and rinse tanks, and towels, fruit, snacks, and water are furnished. Even the ladder is outstanding - it is at an angle, so it's like climbing stairs. There are two morning dives and one afternoon dive. Nitrox is available at an extra charge. The enthusiastic divemasters, Kim and Sara, helped us find MANY reef fish, including some very unusual species, such as the Southern Stargazer, which has not been documented here before. The whole group had a great time finding and identifying fish. The reefs are not particularly colorful but most have interesting formations. For the morning surface interval, we always cruised around looking for whale sharks - didn't find any this time, but we've seen one here, and they often see them in the spring. The winds and choppy water made it hard for even Captain Wagner to find them, although he has been at the resort since it opened and is a real expert. Dives are limited to one hour to get in the three dives. Shore diving or snorkeling is always available. Night dives are offered twice a week. Kayaking or hiking can be arranged, as can trips to town. This is a laid back resort where the focus is on diving, and it's almost as easy as diving from a liveaboard. The package prices are very good, and their US office does a fine job of arranging your trip. LBR is one of our top favorite Caribbean destinations, and we hope to return soon.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Many places in the Caribbean; Palau, Yap, & Truk; Maldives; Indonesia; Solomons; PNG; Thailand.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives are limited to one hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

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