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Alton's Dive Center

Address: Bo. La Punta, Honduras
Phone Number: +504 2425-3704
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Ranked #4 of 23 Activities in Utila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports, Adventure
Owner description: For almost 20 years Alton's Dive Center has developed a reputation as the friendliest and most...
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Type: Water sports, Adventure
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I've done 40 odd dives over the last couple of years in various location with various dive shops and Anton's tops them all, because: 1. Their dive masters (Beto and Kate) are bloody fantastic! great fun, can spot marine that I'd never see, and in general really really know there stuff! 2. Boat is in great condition, and is half... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I can not even begin to express how amazing of a dive shop Alton's is. I went to Utila by myself planning on doing just my advanced open water course and some fun diving. I ended up pushing my flight back and staying to complete my divemaster course!! I stayed a total of five weeks and was diving pretty much... More 

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

Katie! I can't thank you enough for your beautiful, wonderful TripAdvisor review! I love it! You are so right that you have friends for life here - and around the world to as people go and dive on different parts of the globe! You were a really special addition to our team here and I know everybody was just so... More 

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This was a fantastic dive centre. All the dive masters were extremely professional and very attentive. They gave thorough briefings, regularly checked how much air people had left, and did their best to separate groups based on experience. They were also very flexible and we were able to purchase a 10 dive pack and split it between two of us... More 

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

Hi Guys, Thanks so much for writing us a TripAdvisor and most especially for making it 5 stars and calling us fantastic. I love that! I love that you gave our gear a mention to - it's not just the regs and BCDs that are new. It's also the wetsuits and fins! We look so good right now! ;) It's... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

If you are debating on which dive shop to go with while on Utila, let me save you some time. Take out your credit card, email Kate and reserve your spot at Alton's asap. You won't regret it. We got our Open Water certification through Alton's during the week of 11/24/14. Did a lot of research on Utila dive shops... More 

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

Kat! We had so much fun having you Dan out here. And now this is one of my favorite reviews of all time! I just read it out loud to Claudia and and Jess and they both agreed that yo had the best style we've seen in the shop all year. Always looking good! Honestly you guys made it so... More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I travelled with a friend to Utila (and he has written a review himself but I couldn't not leave a review myself) and wanted to do our PADI diving course. Everything about it was amazing. As said, Steve, our instructor was incredible. Patient, informative and friendly he was an excellent instructor from start to finish. Being so close to seeing... More 

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

Hi Alec, It's Kate here! Loved having you here in the shop with all of us and even more in the bars around town. You bring so much happiness with you! I'll make sure Steve sees your great reveiw as well. If you go out to Sandy Cay island next time you are here I want to come to. House... More 

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It's hard to describe this place. Utila itself is an amazing experience, but what made it so special was our time at Altons. My friend and I arrived, slightly apprehensive having no diving experience, looking to complete our open water certificate. You're met at the ferry dock by all of the various dive shops on the island, some with tuc-tuc... More 

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

Hey Drew! You are the best! It was so much fun to have you guys out here with us, I just wish it could have been for longer... I heard a rumour from your instructor Steve that you two might already be thinking about a trip out here again next year. Hope this is true because the next time you... More 

Rozenburg, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Awesome, friendly, helpful, laid back staff. Very cheap diving and accommodation. Awesome diving and snorkeling with dolphins and whale sharks! Safe diving. Equipment is really nice, although the men's wetsuits really needed a replacement, but the bcd's were brand new. On site accommodation is really basic (no bathroom in the room and the shared showers don't have warm water, but... More 

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

Hi Art, Thanks so much for giving us a 5 star review, it makes my morning when we get those! Awesome to read you got whale sharks and dolphins while you were here. We had dolphins again today and it always makes everyone happy! You are right - the men's wetsuits were looking a bit tired. While the water has... More 

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

By pure chance I heard about Utila from some friends, and thus began my search for a dive shop to complete my Open Water certification. I should state that I was quite anxious, with a genuine fear of deep water. But an extremely thorough and welcoming email exchange with one of the dive masters Kate put those nerves to rest... More 

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

This review rules, thank you so much! Love that you included pics to - especially the awesome whale shark. Having you here was so much fun. When you come back it better be for the Dive Master Course so we can keep you long term.... coconut rum shots! dolphins! dock parties! It's all waiting for you Steph! haha - see... More 

Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

After checking out the various dive centers on Utila, I was very happy i chose to dive at Alton's. The staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating (far more so than other shops, from what I saw), and the equipment and boats are good quality and kept in excellent condition. Plus the waterfront property, accommodations on site (free when you dive),... More 

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

Hey James, Thanks for your great review! You better be right that you are going to return, we'd love to have you! It's Friday today so we are off to RJ's. We'll be saying cheers to you tonight! Best Wishes, Kate More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

I went to Alton's on the recommendation of a friend. Everything I experienced with them was top quality, Kate super helpful via email booking and paying my deposit etc she even recommended a sweet hostel for me to stay in in San Pedro. When I arrived everyone was so welcoming and friendly which is always sweet when they must see... More 

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

Hey Hannah, Just a quick note to say thanks for the review and thanks so much from me and Jess especially. You are the sweetest! You know we didn't want you to go (especially when you were missing our Halloween party!) but seeing as you did, I hope you love Costa Rica and keep on diviing and make it back... More 

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