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Dive Review of Laguna Beach Resort in
Honduras/Utila

Laguna Beach Resort, Nov, 2013,

by Tom Hayes, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 7393.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Very friendly staff and owner family. We experienced a lot of rain during the week so visibility was not as good as it could be, but acceptable. Dive boats were well equipped and staff handled the gear every day. Special kudos to Adam(divemaster) and Wagner(boat captain) as they were among the most entertaining we have encountered. They operated three dive boats but we had the same group of divers and crew for the week, which gave us a good chance to interact.
Staff- Erin, Sonya and Ana could not have been more helpful. The maintenance guy, Pasquale, immediately responded to a couple of minor issues.
We arrived early in San Pedro Sula, and were flown to Utila in a six-seater, rather than having to wait for the later charter. Airport is new since our last visit, but still fairly basic except for a new enclosed terminal rather than than the old lean-to.
Food was very good, and lots of it. Gear storage was very easy and there were rinse showers as you got off the boat.
Shore diving was not very convenient- a small group did the "drop-off" dive but had problems finding the shore exit (and were very experienced divers). The entry for the dive from shore was a rock jetty that was pretty dilapidated and would have been tricky to use had we tried it.
All in all it was a great trip and we would definitely return in the future.
One note: Using a credit card on checkout required a conversion to Lempiras, and when we got our credit card bill Amex used a different rate, and added a currency conversion charge, which upped the cost about $50. Would have been nice to have brought enough cash.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Pacific, Sulawasi, Carribean(multiple locations)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very few restrictions. Requested to return with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated rinse tanks on boat and shore.
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