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Alton's Dive Center

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Utila, Honduras
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About Alton's Dive Center
For over 25 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 beginners up to Master Scuba Divers. A family run operation, Alton's Dive Center is owned and operated by local couple Lisa & Alton. We are fully self-sufficient with convenient on-site ocean-front accommodation, from dorms with fans and shared bathrooms, up to private rooms with AC and private bathrooms! We have a large dock with hammocks, Tipsy Turtle eatery, a/c classrooms and great swimming areas all in one convenient location. 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.
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winstonchiang wrote a review Apr 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
I had an excellent experience getting a ship wreck certification with Alton's Dive Center. Torrey Klett was my dive instructor and Jess was on the boat as well. They were very professional and knowledge. It was great to have them lead me through interesting spots and marine life. There are lots of shops on the island. Alton's is a little more chill and has a nice two story dock. They also run two boats. Alton himself is super interesting to get to know and the food is excellent. Overall I have a wonderful experience and would recommend this shop to anyone.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Terry-2008 wrote a review Apr 2020
Iowa, USA31 contributions10 helpful votes
Another great dive vacation in Utila this year. Hoped to see whale sharks, but struck out. Not the shop's fault, but we did see 4 pilot whales! They were too fast to see when snorkleing, but we could see them from the boat. Last year we went early January and had the boat with small groups the whole two weeks we were there. This time we waited until the end of Feburary/early March and I think everyone else decided that was the perfect time to go too. Good visability and saw some new sea life we've never seen before. Best thing about the dive shop is they take safety very serious!!! Everyone does a check out dive and you will do the required safety required training. Every time you leave the boat, there is a roll call when you get back on the boat, even when snorkeling. Speaking of snorkeling, we were able to swim with a pod of about 100 wild dolphins again this year!!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Scratch_Monkey wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois45 contributions11 helpful votes
I decided to go to Utila for a week of diving and needed to find a dive shop and a place to stay. Based on what I read on TripAdvisor, I chose Alton's and was not disappointed. When I go on a trip specifically to dive, I want to do the most diving in as convenient a way as possible (that's not a live-aboard) and Alton's was perfect. I got a private room with AC which allowed me to stay at the shop and the shop does at least two boats per day with two dives per boat. They also do night dives and extra trips thrown in based on demand. My room was very small but clean and comfortable. You get a double-bed, a place to put your stuff, a sink, and a bathroom with a toilet and shower. The water pressure was good and the water was hot but be aware the hot water doesn't last a long time. It's plenty big for one person and two could work if they didn't need to spread out a lot. Also, while they provide soap, they did not provide shampoo. I just used soap on my hair and there are plenty of stores to buy shampoo if you want it. Or bring some from home. I enjoyed the room and would not hesitate to stay in one again. The dive shop was excellent. The boat was reasonably big with room for at least 20 people comfortably. It also has a cabin where you can get out of the sun. While I brought my own gear, all the shop's gear seemed new and in good shape. When we got back from each trip, the shop would have people who rented gear rinse their wetsuits and BCDs, however, the shop cleans all the regs to ensure they are well taken care of. While they don't have lockers, they did store my gear with the shops gear so I didn't have to bring it back to my room. The dive masters were all great. I dove with Beto, Chloe, and Per and each one did a great job of giving a pre-dive briefing, pointing out interesting things to see, and getting us out and back to the boat. Alton's shoots for full 1-hour dives assuming the group has good air consumption and, while the boat may hold a lot of people, they provided enough dive masters per trip to keep the groups to about 4 or five divers max. They provide fruit and water on each trip. Finally they are strict about roll call after each dive! Also the dive shop serves breakfast (from a menu) and lunch (pre-determined) so you don't have to go out and find a restaurant between dives. The food was really good! They also sell beer for the end of the day and it's all pretty inexpensive. Plus everyone kind of hangs out in the late afternoon which was a good way to get to know the people on your boat a bit better. Alton's also has a nice dock/deck that you can hang out on to read, socialize, or just watch the sunset. They have hammocks on the dock as well as in the breezeway under the rooms. They also have a lot of clothes lines under the rooms so there is plenty of place to dry your stuff. Be aware that, while there is good wifi by the office, it's much weaker in the rooms. I could only really get wifi in my room really late at night presumably when no one else was using it. I had a great stay at Alton's and would come back and stay again.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Stevie W wrote a review Feb 2020
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We came for our PADI certification “open water”, but ended up staying for the advanced aswell. It’s a very chill, professional & accommodating place. The people are very friendly, helpful and they know what they are doing. Jeremy aka. “the angel of the shop” was a blast and was one of the main reasons we stayed so long. We hope we get back her one day and dive with them again.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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lucydodd wrote a review Feb 2020
Sidney, Canada187 contributions85 helpful votes
I originally dove with Alton's over seven years ago. I'm impressed with all the really great changes to the facilities, but I returned to specifically to do my Advanced Open Water course and get in some fun dives. When first planning the trip Steve, the manager, was quick to respond to inquiries and scheduling issues and in person he's efficient and friendly and easy to deal with. I did my course with Jez who was really knowledgeable and professional, encouraged questions and overall fun to dive and learn with. I had a bit of a problem on one of the deeper dives and he "talked" me through it (at 90') and i was able to continue the dive. (Thanks Jez and Lizzy!) After the course was over I did some fun dives with a couple of different Dive Masters but I gotta say Beto is "The Man!". He is fun and likes to goof around on the surface but underwater he's all business. He keeps the group together but not on top of each other, takes charge of the DMs in Training and is aware of what's going on at all times. He's also fabulous at picking out little things you'd never see on your own and then remembers to identify then for you when you're back on the boat. This is dive shop but also a dive school and therefore isn't pampered "concierge" diving (I don't even know if you could find that on the island). But one of the great things as a school there are always lots of DMs, Instructors and DMs In Training around. This makes for great group ratios on dives and there's always someone to help out or give advice or information. I really like the friendly and casual, but professional, vibe here and the fact that all ages are made to feel like they're part of the crew. I had a great week of diving and learning at Alton's and highly recommend it!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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