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Dive Review of Sueno del Mar/Hot,el Pura Vida in

Sueno del Mar/Hot,el Pura Vida, Oct, 2003,

by Mike Frayn, FL, USA . Report 845.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments For those of you familiar with the Bay Islands, Roatanís West End is a big Utila Town. If you are looking for Bay Islandsí quality diving with topside nightlife, West End is the place to go.

Sueno del Mar Diving Center was well run with an enthusiastic staff. The dive center sits out on stilts with a small dive shop, dive gear storage area and the dock. There is a bar & restaurant upstairs from the dive shop. They go out 3 times a day at 8:30, 10:45 and 2:00 for single tank dives. Since the fringe reef is so close to shore it never takes more than 15 minutes to get to a dive site. Sueno dives off pangas despite the picture of the large covered boat on their web site. My divemaster was a cute little Kiwi named Kirsty. She did a great job and was probably one of the best divemasterís I have come across. She kept her group in sight but never crowded them. She had an amazing eye for finding the small stuff on the reef. The only thing I wasnít completely happy with was the length of the dives. No dives ever exceeded 50 minutes. Rainy season lasts from October to February so visibility was not as good as previous trips.

We stayed at Pura Vida Hotel. The hotel was clean and well maintained. There was nothing special about the rooms. The sheets and towels were clean and there was adequate hot water. The kitchen didnít open until 7:00 so you need to go in search of coffee if you are an early riser. I would probably look for a different place to stay next trip. However it was across the street from Sueno del Mar so you couldnít beat the location.

Sundowner was the place for happy hour which begins promptly at 5:00 with 15 Lempira beers. There are a number of good places to eat; Argentina, Belvedereís, Pinocchio, Buccaneer and Cannibal Café. Shoes are not required at any establishment in West End. My kind of place.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cayman, Cozumel, Utila, FL Keys, Bahamas, Catalina, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Usually stayed at 100 ft or less.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

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