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Alton's Dive Center

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Address: Bo. La Punta, Honduras
Phone Number: +504 2425-3704
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For almost 20 years Alton's Dive Center has developed a reputation as the...

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!

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All round a great experience!!

From start to finish Alton's provided our group with one of the most unforgettable weeks ever. The staff were so friendly and helpful. When learning to dive (we were first timers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From start to finish Alton's provided our group with one of the most unforgettable weeks ever. The staff were so friendly and helpful. When learning to dive (we were first timers) they were very patient and understanding. The care we received was second to none and at no time did I ever feel in danger, even 18 meters under water,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanting to get our open water scuba diving certification, a few friends and I signed up for the first level diving course at Alton's. Our teacher, Thomas, was very knowledgable, hilarious, and patient as we all learned the ropes of diving. He made us feel very comfortable and safe with our first dives, and we all agreed that this program... More 

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Thank Cass C
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Some of the best staff around the island. Everyone is very professional and fun, and you can't ask for a better group of people to dive with.

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Bucharest, Romania
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend Brandon and I decided we wanted to get certified for Christmas this year. We are traveling Central America and decided Utila was the place to do it. Our instructor, Shaun was very knowledgable and made us feel very comfortable in the water. Our dives were great! The staff was warm and friendly and on point when it comes... More 

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Thank Jess L
Divejunkie86, Manager at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hi Jess! Thanks for your review! We really are glad you and Brandon had such a good time with us! We really do believe that our amazing staff are a big part of what makes diving with Alton's so special! Come back and visit soon! Steve More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We booked the fun diving package through Alton's and had a great experience. From the moment i sent the first email to enquire about pricing, availability etc it was a truly professional experience. Steve & the rest of the team do an amazing job, the equipment is well maintained, dive boats are fantastic, the accommodation & location is amazing (best... More 

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Divejunkie86, Manager at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hi Simon! Thanks for your kind words! We're really glad you enjoyed your time with us! It was wonderful having you out here too! We really do have the best dock on the island! Beto is a fantastic Divemaster, with well over 3000 dives on the island he really is the best at finding the wonderful variety of creatures Utila... More 

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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

I only have positive things to say about Alton's. In my opinion they are definetely the best dive shop in Utila, with great staff and great vibes. The facilities are clean and well maintained and the dorms are equally so. The boats are fast and comfortable and the captains are very experienced. The dive gear is in fantastic condition and... More 

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1 Thank AmberWatkins2014
Divejunkie86, Manager at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hi Amber! Thanks for your review! It was great fun having you diving with us over the summer! We're already looking forward to having you back out with us next year! Thanks for your lovely comments about our Divemasters, I'll let the boys know what you said! See you in a few months! Steve More 

Boston
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

My husband and I spent a month on Utila. Our original plan was to visit a few dive centers to see what fit. Alton's was our first visit and we stopped there...we made the correct decision. We are older divers (retired/nearly retired) and when I saw the young crowd this island attracts, I wondered how I would fit in. NO... More 

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Thank LLJBoston
Divejunkie86, Manager at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Linda! Thank you for your beautiful review! And on a more personal note - thanks for not posting the Maleficent picture!! :p We're really glad you guys had such a good time! One of the things we're most proud about here is the atmosphere we have at the shop, whatever your age or level of experience! We have a lot... More 

Oshawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This review is long overdue. I completed my Divemaster certification at Altons from May 2015-July 2015. Altons Dive Center is hands down one of the best dive centers around. All staff members here strive to deliver the most enjoyable diving experience to their customers in the safest manner possible. All the diving equipment is well maintained on site, as well... More 

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Divejunkie86, Manager at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Robin! Thank you so much for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed your time here every bit as much as we enjoyed having you! I know how much time you put into planning where to go for your Divemaster course, and I'm really glad we could give you the experience you wanted! We really do strive to give people the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Alton's dive center offers great equipment and awesome instructors. All of them are friendly and know what they are talking about. Only the beds could have been better but that's really the only downside.

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1 Thank Jamie J
Divejunkie86, Manager at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Hi Jamie, Thanks for choosing Alton's, and thanks for your review! We're really glad you enjoyed your time with us, and you rate our staff and kit so highly - we really do believe they're the best Utila has to offer! Thanks also for your comments on the beds. The mattresses in your room are coming up on a year... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

Arrived in Utila with the slight possibility I might do my open water. In the end I barely managed to drag myself away 10 days later with not only my open water, but my advanced cert too. This is down in large part to the atmosphere and attitude at Altons. From the moment you arrive it's welcoming and everyone there... More 

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Divejunkie86, Manager at Alton's Dive Center, responded to this review

Jason! Thanks for your review! We'd say we're sorry for making it so difficult for you to leave, but that would be a lie! Thank you for pointing out that while we know how to have a good time - the diving is our priority! Feel free to come back any time! Kind regards Steve More 

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