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Alton's Dive Center

Bo. La Punta, Honduras
+504 2425-3704
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Ranked #5 of 20 Activities in Utila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports
Owner description: For almost 20 years Alton's Dive Center has developed a reputation as the friendliest and most professional dive center on the island. As a five star... more » Owner description: For almost 20 years Alton's Dive Center has developed a reputation as the friendliest and most professional dive center on the island. As a five star PADI facility we are fully equipped to cater to all level of divers from beginner novices up to Master Scuba Divers. A family run operation Alton's Dive Center is owned and operated by local couple Lisa & Alton. After becoming Utila's first local dive instructor Alton opened Alton's dive center in August 1994. He remains to this day a charismatic presence at our dive shop! We are fully self-sufficient with convenient on-site ocean-front budget accommodation featuring newly renovated kitchens and bathrooms, life size checkers and even a twister board!. We have a 300 foot/100 metre dock with hammocks, the best sunset views, SnakShak eatery, a/c classrooms and great swimming areas all in one convenient location for your enjoyment. For those after more upscale accommodation we are happy to recommend a variety of options only a few steps away. Classes and dive guides are offered in a variety of languages,our goal to give you a safe personal experience while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and customer care. Group numbers are kept small ensuring maximum enjoyment and freedom helping to maintain a focus on reef conservation and environmental protection. Corporate, school and environmental group rates are available as well as backpacker seasonal packages, assistance with hotel and private villa accommodation bookings and general travel plans for Honduras so feel free to email us today! Ask us about starting your Utila dive adventure with Altons Dive Center today! Mention that you saw us on TripAdvisor and receive a free t-shirt ($15 value) for booking any dive course or 10 tank dive package! « less
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Boquete, Panama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I spent a week at Alton's and it was amazing. My friends and I shopped around to see which dive center we liked. We all preferred Alton's because people seem nice. I was doing my open water and we were practicing in groups. I couldn't do it on the first day in water and the staff were nice to arrange... More

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Altons247, Die Master / Office at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hey Adrian, Thank you so much for your nice review! I'm really glad you had such a positive experience with us. We loved having you all out here. Hopefully you make it back again, you can go on to Advanced! Best wishes, Kate More

Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I was so glad I'd been given a great recommendation of this place earlier in my trip. This is one of the first of several diving schools that you could walk past when you get off the ferry from the mainland, but don't walk any further than you have to. Go here. All the dive schools here will give you... More

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Altons247, Die Master / Office at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hi Mike, Thanks so much for giving us the review! I wish you could of stayed longer! We did Ramon and Immy's snorkel test last night you would've loved it. Plus there have been all kinds of sharks all over the island pretty much every day since you left us! Just try and come back OK? we love having you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

Well, how do I even start.. I went to Utila for a week and end up in 2 and a half months doing my Divemaster at Alton's! The first time I went to Alton's to check if out I got a tour in the place and introduced to all the staff, after that I already knew that that is the... More

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Altons247, Dive Master/Office Admin at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hey Itay! So great to get your review! We miss you here every single day. And most especially when your song comes on! You have to be one of the top DM's we ever had go through. Certainly top on knot skills! I know you'll always be welcome back here, so I really hope we do see you again. In... More

Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We saw a Whale Shark twice!! :) Sadly we were only there for 3 days but it was such a great experience we will be back. We just got our open water certifications in Colorado and were headed to Utila to do our first "real" dives and they did not disappoint whatsoever. Kate and Ginski were our guides while we... More

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Altons247, Dive Master/ Office at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hi guys, Its Kate! That's such a funny photo of me you've included! Your whale shark photos are awesome! Just wanted to say thank you so much for the review. Love having it and always really appreciated! Having you guys was such a pleasure, really hope to get you back again sooooooooooon! Kate More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Utila was the final leg of my Latin American backpacking adventure. Upon hearing three glowing recommendations from fellow travellers in Central America, I decided to forgo my deposit with another dive centre and to dive with Altons. What an excellent decision that was. I arrived two months ago as an Open Water certified diver and have just graduated as a... More

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Altons247, Dive Master? Office Admin at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Caitlin! How can I even begin to say thank you for your awesome review! You've only been gone a few days now and so we are all still missing you like crazy! I'm not sure its going to stop! You are the wildest, most fun, cutest and one of the absolute favorite DMs of all time. The gap you are... More

Arad, null, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Got to utila for 2 days, met the staff got to know the place and stayed for 2 months and had my divemaster, the best vibe around the island for sure, every day there is a boat that go to the north side of the island, if yiu dive with Alton's you would see the best of the underwater world... More

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Altons247, Die Master / Office Admin at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Thanks Yarden! You were one of our best looking, hardest working most charming DMTs - and then Dive Master! - of all time. You'll be welcome back here anytime. Part of the family for life! Kate More

London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

I was recommended Altons hence my choice. Haven't regretted my decision hence writing a strong review for my stay. Firstly got a pick up from the airport, friendly easy going staff making the registration simple. Totally flexible with dive options and what I wanted to do. The accommodation in dorms is basic but decent...the nice thing is you are on... More

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Altons247, Dive Master/ Office Admi at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hi Graham, So great to hear from yo again so fast. We gad so much fun having you out here with us, I especially loved the day on Water Cay too. I hope yo get to come back and dive with us (and me!) again sometime soon. Thanks again, so loved having you! Best wishes, Kate More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Whilst in Utila spent about 5 days fun diving with Alton's dive centre. The whole experience was faultless. The staff are extremely professional, friendly and safe. I thoroughly enjoyed every single dive, and owe particular thanks to Beto, our guide, who's eagle eyes spotted so many things that I would have otherwise swam right by! Being a little smaller Alton's... More

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Altons247, Dive Master/Office Admin at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hey Alex, Thanks for reviewing us, and for making it a great review! I agree - all the trips to the North side are one of the very best (and most distinguishing!) things about coming out diving with us. Love having that pointed out! Hope you guys are all enjoying the rest of your travels. And definitely hope you can... More

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Very welcoming and fun crowd, but not in an obnoxious in-your-face kind of way. They have a nursery near the docks with fishies, crabbies and a baby moral eel, and feed them lionfish, so you get to see a full fat fish get picked apart into bones. My only complaint was that there weren't enough women to go around!

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Altons247, Dive Master/Office Admin at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Haha, Thanks for reviewing us, really glad you've had a great time out here. Right now we are super girly! Just two days ago three of our girl DMT's did a naked dive just for fun. Guess you must of missed it! Come back a and stay again, we'd always love to have you ;) Kate More

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Alton's is pretty much the first dive center you encounter when walking from the ferry, and in my opinion you have no reason to go any further. My girlfriend and I just finished a 5 night stay at Alton's, where we completed our Open Water course with the amazing Jess. We had been staying at the island at a different... More

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Altons247, Die Master / Office Admin at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hey Glen, It's Kate here. I am so so happy to read your awesome review! I'm going to make sure Jess sees it to, she'll be delighted. I love the pictures you added too. Thank you so much for all your awesome guitar - we were really lucky to have you around you made the experience even more special. Coolest... More

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