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Dive Review of utila dive center/mango inn in

utila dive center/mango inn, Oct, 2002,

by guy johnson, illinois, usa . Report 232.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments well, first the good news.utila dive center and mango inn did all they could you keep us happy and overall, they did just fine. the cabin was a two bed affair, with a/c,sat tv, and private bath/shower. room was always clean..the food served was always prompt,hot and tasty if somewhat basic .we had to walk a 1/2 mile each morning to the diveshop.breakfast at 630am and then the diveshop by 730am, pretty easy to do. the dive shop had lots of scuba-pro gear to use if needed..some abit worn but all serviceable. the boat had o2,fire extingiser and first-aid kit on board.water was two, one gallon jugs,luke warm but wet!.air fills were alum 80 and always right at 3000psi.the bad news.. i would have enjoyed a cooler full of ice to chill my soda, otherwise my only problem on the boat was smokers,even thought it was posted, smokers often lit up and stayed below decks instead of at the stern area.ugh!!thats about the only bad stuff.the divemasters and captain were easy to work with and did what they could to make the diving easy for all levels of divers.the boat often held up to 23 divers plus 3-4 divemasters which made it more of a "cattleboat." the hard corals were abit rough but the soft corals were in better shape. we did not see any whale sharks or mantas but tons of little stuff.saw-6-8 seahorses (some as long as 8 inches)several turtles and nurse sharks, lots of eels..several nice schools of various fish, many permitting you to swim among them! when we dove the 100ft deep wreck of the haliburton we were told to make our safety stops,how long and at what depths.. we had a group of eight dutch divers who had no manners on the boat at all, they just took over the boat with their gear and were often rude..acted as if the boat belonged to them and to hell with any others...the general crowd of divers in utila were of the "grung crowd" ..all were young but very nice. the draw was the very low cost to dive, stay and eat..the locals were very nice and friendly.every dive operation we checked out sold their dives at ten dives for $ 125...very reasonable!we booked through dani at aqua dream travel and were more than pleased with it all. we paid $399.oo for seven nights,three dives each day,breakfast and dinner.with airfare we still paid less than $1300.we changed planes five times each way and spent more time in terminals than we did flying but it was all well worth it.the honduran dollar was traded at about 18 to one u.s. dollar. all exchanges of money were easy and fair,also two banks right on the main street.the diving was not overly challenging but it was varied. the diving was not spectactular and life was somewhat basic but overall we had a great time..would i do it again? absolutely!!!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving florida, cozumel, bimini, walkers cay, grand cayman, little cayman, cayman brac bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-86°F / 27-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 0-0 Ft/ 0-0 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions actually none, they bent over backwards to let us do whatever we depth or time linit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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