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Alton's Dive Center

Bo. La Punta, Honduras
+504.2425.3704
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Ranked #8 of 19 activities in Utila
Type: Water sports
Owner description: For more than 15 years Altons Dive Center has developed a reputation as the friendliest and most professional dive center on the island. As a Padi 5... more » Owner description: For more than 15 years Altons Dive Center has developed a reputation as the friendliest and most professional dive center on the island. As a Padi 5 Star IDC facility we are fully equipped to cater to all level of divers from beginner novices up to instructor levels. A family run operation Alton's Dive Center is owned and operated by a German & Canadian couple Mitch and Julie, whose original roots and dedication to personoal customer service still run deep through the dive center today. We are fully self-sufficient with convenient on-site ocean-front budget accommodation as well as preferred rates at many upscale Utila accommodations. Our 300 foot/100 metre dock with hammocks, the best sunset views, SnakShak eatery, a/c classrooms, swim area, private beach /dock, and Queen Conch Conservation Corral are all in one convenient location for your enjoyment.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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Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I've just finished an open water dive course with Alton's, and they were brilliant! We only had a few days in utila, but the instructors (John and Sean) let me join a group that had already started, and came in early to help me start on the theory work. Until now I've always had a phobia of swimming (I know,... More

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

HI Danielle, Just wanted to say thanks so much for your awesome review! People really do have a far better chance of seeing a Whale shark with us than anywhere else on the island. But I'm sure that's far more credible coming from you than from us, so I really appreciate your review. I'll make sure all the people you... More

Flen, Sweden
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I loved the people over at Altons. Brand new equipment and great instructors. The view from the docks is not too shabby at all. Only minus - the beds in the privates are terrible Big up to Steve, thanks for guiding me through my open water course

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

Hi Johan, Great to hear from you and thank you for the nice review. I agree we have the best instructors. And gear and view! (Especially the sunset!) As for the beds you will be pleased to hear we have replaced all the beds and mattresses in every twin room. They are now all double rooms - better for couples!... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I am glad we decided to dive with Alton’s for our 1st trip to Utila to do 2 weeks of “fun diving”. We’re fairly experienced divers and were very pleased. Knowing Utila is known as an inexpensive place to get certified, we were concerned we’d be grouped with inexperienced divers that would limit our bottom time – not the case... More

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

Hi Cathy, Just a quick note to say thank you so much for your truly lovely review. That makes a big difference to us and we always appreciate the great people that take the time to do this for us. :) If you watch our Facebook page you will see I am still using many of your astounding photographs on... More

Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I had a great time at Altons, I loved my divemasters every time I went out. I came with 5 other friends who got there open waters at altons and we were all very happy with the dive shop as a whole. I would say they need to upgrade and update some of there equipment as the wet suits are... More

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I came over to Utila on the spur of the moment from Roatan. Initially I stopped at another dive shop to get a room and was disconcerted by the briefing and accommodations. Based on the information given I was just going to head back to roatan the next day. A friend had reservations at Alton's so I went with her... More

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AltonsDiveCentre, Instructor at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hi Dina, Steve here! Thanks so much for your review. I'm really glad you stayed with us, and even happier you enjoyed your time here! It was a pleasure to go diving with you and we hope to see you again soon! Steve More

Burlingame, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I'm not what you call an avid diver but when I had the opportunity to go to Utila over Christmas break, I couldn't say no. After some basic online research, I settled in to Alton's Dive Shop. Alton, who is also the Mayor of Utila, and Sarah were outstanding with setting up transportation needs to and from San Pedro Sula... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Alice and I honeymooned in Utila and did 2.5 weeks worth of diving with Alton's. As experienced divers, we found the centre to be extremely well run - great dive masters and in general the ambience there kinda rocked our world. Full 5 stars have to also go to Eric the boat captain, for whale shark and dolphin encounters that... More

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

Hey guys, It's Kate here. Thank you so much for a doing a review on us! You two are the coolest couple ever. If you are keeping up with our Facebook you'll see I'm still using the amazing images you shot every week. So good! When are you going to make it back here? You know you belong out here! More

Bemidji, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

The combination of front desk folks, the instructors, the owner, and the other guests is what really made our open water cert at Alton's a fantastic experience. As a group they took us under wing and were attentive to what we wished for/needed. When exploring other parts of town during our stay the staff would wave or stop to chat.... More

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

Hi Stacey, Just wanted to say thanks for the great review. I passed it on to Gina, she was stoked! I think you made her day! I love Dolphins (of course!) but did you see right after you left we got Whalesharks!? You really do need to come back to us! Best, Kate More

Quebec City, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Alton's is a really a great dive center in Utila. Somebody told me to go there, did not regret it! Staff is awsome for dives and administration, especally Kate and Sarah (.. okay they asked me to write this in a joke, but it is a great pleasure to write it down ;) !!) . Divemasters take time to show... More

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

Hi Jeff, Just wanted to write you a quick thank you note to thank you for your great review. I loved reading it! Please come back here as soon as you can. It's a pleasure to have you around! Kate More

Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This is a great place to learn to dive. My wife and I just completed the Open Water course and the staff and management were very personable, accommodating and flexible with our specific requests for dive scheduling. The shop's atmosphere is inviting and fosters a great social setting for relaxing and meeting other people. Their dive boats are large, specialized,... More

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