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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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Description: 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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Alton's treats you like gold

Wow. Just had an amazing week at Alton's Dive Center. What made it was, of course, the people. The diving instructions were fantastic, made simple and accessible but also fuelling... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Samanthaeliza
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Wow. Just had an amazing week at Alton's Dive Center. What made it was, of course, the people. The diving instructions were fantastic, made simple and accessible but also fuelling the excitement of going underwater for the first time. The staff struck the perfect balance between professional and ready to party with us. On the professional side, every body went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived on a blissful Thursday evening, enquiring about the dive school after many word-of-mouth recommendations whilst travelling through Central America. With the professional attitude towards diving, together with the lighthearted fun aroma floating round the hostel, myself and three friends decided to undertake our Advanced Diving course with Altons. All in all it was a fantastic experience, we were... More 

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

diving is a very expensive hobbie. that's why my plan was to find the best dive center in Utila, do my Open Water course and then leave the island for good. what i didn't know, was that Alton's would be much more than a very good and professional dive center. no one told me that the staff is built from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

I went to Alton's for doing my Open Water. I ended up doing my Advanced too, and i was really sad to leave there. The accomodation is basic, cold water showers, but you don't really need more. The dorms only have 4 beds in it and you are in the center of the diving Center. The stuff is just amazing.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

The only bad thing about this place is leaving... Which is really goddamn bad. Massive thanks to divemasters Shaun and Ellie who I spent a lot of fun days with and always made everyone feel safe. Definite highlight of the trip. Thanks Alton's!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

My wife and I, along with another couple, visited Utila for 2 weeks in February 2015. We decided to dive with Alton's based on their positive reviews here and elsewhere. We had an excellent experience with Alton's. From the beginning, Alton's dive manager (Steve) responded quickly to our emails. We were able to schedule the boat trips that we wanted... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My boyfriend and I stayed and dived at Alton's after reading their stellar reviews here on Tripadvisor. From the email communication with Steve, to sending our deposit through Paypal, concluding with staying on site (in room #5) for a week--We were pretty impressed by the high level of personable service we received! The entire Alton's Staff was very pleasant, including... More 

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The team at Alton's couldn't have been more welcoming and professional. Their gear is in great condition, they are passionate about safety, but don't nanny you if you're an experienced diver. Alton himself, after a long stint as the island's mayor, comes along on dives when possible, and loves showing visitors his favourite spots. What a treat! Five stars and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Not really sure where to even begin about my experience at Alton's. I'll start from the beginning: I e-mailed Alton's about my itinerary/plans well in advance of my travels. Steve, the office/business manager, replied to my e-mail in less than 24 hrs. with boatloads of helpful information, from ferry transportation to the logistics involved with the diving cert process. This... More 

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Ko Tao, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

I recently completed my dive master's with Alton's and couldn't have had a better time. The diving was great, the community surrounding the shop even better and the staff were awesome. I couldn't recommend this dive shop enough for anyone looking to fun dive, do courses or better yet their divemasters. What a bunch of legends.

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