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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in

Laguna Beach Resort, May, 2005,

by Rick Hart, TX, USA . Report 2045.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is our second trip to LBR. They have the same owner (Troy) as before, but new managers (Luciano and Romina). They are an absolute delight and will bend over backwards to make sure you are taken care of. We went on May in hopes of seeing a whale shark. There had been 2 or 3 seen every day until we got there, then they just disappearred. However, we did see a 25 footer on our last day. The highlight of our trip was encountering a pod of orcas. At one point I think we had about 12 ocras around the boat. 5 of the whales stayed with the boat for a little over 2 hours. They would swim under the boat, and just seemed curious about us. There were 2 "babies" that seemed to be twins. They swan everywhere together while big mama kept her eys on them and us. I was able to get some video footage of the orcas under the boat and the mama orca actually bumped my video housing. To see a sample of the video you can go to this site. [ link]
There was a pretty good breeze most of the time which really kept the bugs away. However, I have been there when there was not any wind, and the no-see-ums will eat you alive.
This is a great place with an involved owner and excellent manager team. The boats and dive center are really nice.
Highly recommend LBR!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Grand Cayman; Little Cayman; Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Palau, Utila, Bahamas, San Salvador, Bimini, and more
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 75-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 90-75 Ft/ 27-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Lots of U/W photographers. The boats have both rinse tubs for cameras and a table. However, the table was at times used by other divers for just stuff.
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