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Dive Review of Utila Dive Centre/Mango Inn in

Utila Dive Centre/Mango Inn, Feb, 2005,

by Becky Cochran, CA, USA . Report 1575.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Accomodations were overall good and very reasonably priced - air conditioned cabins or rooms with private bath and TV are worth the extra charge. Otherwise, you might be sharing your bathroom and accomodations with an instructor or divemaster student. Average wait for dinner was 1 hour after ordering - good pasta selections and pizza, but other selections just okay. UDC seems to be having a problem deciding whether it wants to cater to students or to divers traveling on a package; John and Stefan attempted to make the distinction and offer better service to those on packages, but attitude of other divemasters was not as service-oriented. There was much confusion over who were divemasters and who were DM's in training, who was leading groups, and who was giving briefings, etc. There were rumors that cruise ship passengers were given priority on the days in port over those with packages. Morning boat schedules for cruise ship days were in flux until 6pm the night before. Bring DEET - highest percentage you can handle. I had Repel Sportsman's Formula with 29% Deet and kept covered from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to bed, including time spent on the dock between morning and afternoon dives and seemed to do pretty well with only about 10 bites for the entire trip. Overall, stay at Mango Inn, but perhaps choose another dive shop if you're not there for instruction.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Turk, Cayman Brac, Florida Keys, Maui, Big Island, San Salvador, Cozumel, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth, time, and air limits enforced - some extended bottom times allowed if air allowed, but no more than 5-10 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 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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