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“Couldn't find a better dive shop!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Coral View Utila

Coral View Utila
Sandy Bay, 34201, Honduras
+504 2425-3781
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Owner description: GET PADI CERTIFIED, CERTIFIED DIVERS - GUIDED DIVES, BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR - GOPRO Where Divers Come To Dive. Our family run dive center offers courses from DSD through Instructor. Well known for our professionalism in both teaching and fun diving we provide our divers with an opportunity to experience the tropical paradise of Utila. With experienced and knowledgeable staff our aim is provide quality service in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Couldn't find a better dive shop!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Our family (two adults and one 15 year old) chose Coral View to take our PADI Open Water certification course and were amazed at the level and quality of service we received! To start off with, Sarah (manning the front office) was very patient in answering many emails prior to our arrival and did so with lightening quick speed. She even arranged for snorkeling gear to be delivered to the house we were staying at down the road since we arrived on Christmas Eve when they were closed! Coral View is very well organized, runs a very smooth operation, and is totally committed to their customers.

Chris was our instructor and ran an excellent class. For each segment of the theory part of the course, we would watch a video while filling out a questionnaire hitting on the key points and then when the video was complete, he'd go over the questionnaire with us ensuring we understood the material. Then, we'd take a quiz for that segment (results don't count for anything) and we'd talk through any questions that anyone got wrong. This lead to a thorough understanding of the material and made the final exam a breeze to pass. Chris taught in a manner that lead to an easy understanding of everything we needed to know.

The pool sessions were great and the small class size (just us) made it easy to learn the correct techniques so that when we hit the open water on the boat, everything was a breeze. We received our certification and dove several more times with Coral View before our trip ended. Unlike other dive shops, Coral View doesn't cram as many people as they can onto their boats. On one of our extra post-certification dives we got our own divemaster even though there was another group of 5 on the boat with another divemaster. On our last day we had the boat, a divemaster, and the boat captain all to ourselves! All the divemasters are great and Bel was especially good at finding all the amazing small critters in the water.

Coral View is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the main town in a quiet area with probably the best access to the reef on the entire island! They have a long pier that extends out to the reef where you can step down into the water to shore dive or snorkel. There's even a bar right there for refreshments afterwards. Shore dives are very cheap ($20 when we were there) and that includes all equipment rental. Our seventh dive was a solo dive by ourselves (no training wheels)! There's also the Coral View Beach Resort between the pier and the dive shop that has affordable accommodations and an excellent restaurant.

We will be diving at Coral View during all future trips to Utila and will hopefully be back very soon to get Advanced Open Water certified.

Visited December 2012
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Maine
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“A Dive Center for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We are so grateful to have found Coral View. We're a challenging group with a professional diver, open water divers, and two teenagers just trying it out. Coral View met our every need with ease. We were lucky enough to have Chris and Eric to ourselves every day which added to the relaxed pace they encourage with their more civilized morning departure time of 8:30. Chris is ever so patient and encouraging. Our kids, who are quite cautious and were a bit apprehensive about diving, followed Chris's instructions in the calm salt water pool and then headed out to the reef right out in front - a real plus on Utila! Both are now hooked - having gone diving on Roatan and are asking about our next dive trip. Success! We can't say enough about how warm, welcoming and friendly everyone is. We had a great time!

Visited November 2012
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Pensacola Beach, Florida, USA
1 review
“A time of your life!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Wonderful staff and adventure! Felt very safe. I am from the panhandle of Florida so the heat felt like home...it is very hot and muggy.

Visited June 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Awesome Dive Shop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

Right from the start, Coral View made sure that our diving in Utila would be a fantastic experience. There were 4 of us traveling, 2 who needed to do open water check out dives and 2 who wanted to get advanced open water certified. Sarah created a customized schedule for the 4 of us so we were able to finish course work in the first 2 days and have plenty of time to dive together for the rest of the week. Our dive instructor, Chris, was outstanding. He had plenty of patience and humor and was a great teacher. The diving was amazing, we had great visibility, the reefs are spectacular, and Chris made sure to point out the unique critters of Utila, we even saw a seahorse! Coral View is also on a bit of a different schedule than the other dive operations in Utila. Their boats go out at 9am, so the mornings are a bit more leisurely (soooo nice when you are on vacation!) and we didn't encounter other boats at most of the dive sites. Coral View went above and beyond for us in so many ways. We are going back in February and will most definitely dive with them again.

Visited April 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
“One stop drop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Friendly staff and crew, fastest dive boat we saw; flexible, fun, informative. Dive master Angie Sims ROCKS.

Visited March 2012
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