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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in

Laguna Beach Resort, May, 2005,

by William Thomsen, In, USA . Report 1708.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
For a dive resort the grounds and buildings are well maintained. The location of the resort is ideal. It would be a good idea to bring along soap, a beach towel and maybe a travel alarm clock. Meals were the usual buffet style and were of good quality and adequate quantity. Drinks were fairly priced and of a serve yourself/honor type.
The dive operation was relatively organized and appeared to be accomidating. I didn't understand the 1 hour bottom restriction when using Nitrox and the average depth being approx. 60 feet. That seemed a tad restrictive. The dive masters for the most part were mostly navigators for the divers. They didn't spend much time exploring or pointing out items of interest along the dive route. Dive site areas seemed to be structured with dives along the north side of the island on the first dive and the second dive being on the south side of the island. Then the third dive would vary on the weather and the wishes of the customers. Night dives were offered as part of the package, but if weather conditions were not adequite the dives were called off and there were no re-shedules. Equipment setup was the standard offering. However, attention needed to be taken because I observed several shortcomings (a tangled inflator hose around a B.C. strap, a disconnected inflator hose, only one strap of a two strap B.C. attached to the tank and the damaging of the surface face of two first stages due to improper seating to the tank valve). I was impressed with coral reefs and diversity and health. Too bad visibility isn't greater.
Prior to departure you were given a letter discribing the check out proceedures. This was informative. However, the management then went into a long solicitation on how hard the employees work to satisfy the customers and how important it is to tip all these individuals. This I took as an affront, because I paid to be served by this resort and I always tip those individuals that offer service beyond the norm, not as standard offering.
Utila is a good adventure and Laguna Beach Resort is a nice a facility.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving
Tabago, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Turks&Caicos, Bahamas, Anguilla, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 130 max.,1 hour bottom time regardless of profile and or the useage of Notrox.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Other than having some film and some batteries available, you had better bring everything you need because your on your own.
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