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Alton's Dive Center

#3 of 19 Tours in Utila
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Address: Bo. La Punta, Utila IB3103, Honduras
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+504 2425-3704
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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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Perfect location to get a dive certification

You will hear it on your trip to Utila, it's a party island with a diving problem. Altons is the perfect place to get stuck into your certification and complete your course with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Dan L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff is friendly and the location is convenient. There's plenty of room on the dock to get your gear ready and the dock too boat entry is good. To get back onto the boat is easy, there's two ladders which was great since there was 15 total divers. The reason I didn't give them a higher rating is the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You will hear it on your trip to Utila, it's a party island with a diving problem. Altons is the perfect place to get stuck into your certification and complete your course with professionals. If you want a bit of a party scene Underwater vision is just a few doors down but Altons gives you the time you need to... More 

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

Dan! Thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review! We're glad you were able to appreciate our fun, yet professional atmosphere. We know how to have a good time, but we're much more focused on the diving than the partying! We're also really happy we could help reunite you with your phone! Come back again sometime!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I spent 3 months on Utila working on my Dive Master at Alton's. It was the best decision of my life! The staff is an amazing eclectic group of instructors with loads of experience. They always made time to chat, teach and answer any questions someone had. Their professionalism at the dive shop during the day and natural disposition towards... More 

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

Adam, Thank you for your wonderful review! We really appreciate that you took the time to share your experience here! We know the choice of where to do you Divemaster is an important one, so we're glad you chose us! We honestly believe we offer the best value Divemaster program on Utila! We're looking forward to diving with you again... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I spent 6 weeks at Altons, November through the middle of December. I came to Utila in order to do my DMT and had heard good things about Altons, so I decided to start with my rescue course before committing to doing the full DM course with them. After just the first days I knew Alton's would be a great... More 

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

Patrick, Thank you. Not just for your review, but for choosing us as the place to do your Divemaster. You were a pleasure to work with and we're so glad you enjoyed yourself so much here! See you and Corbin in March! Kind regards Steve More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did my divemaster with Altons divecenter in 2010 and was very satisfied with what i learned and really enjoyed the atmosphere. The whole divecenter works well together and has a family feel to it. All this has only improved in the last 6 years and it was really nice to meet the new and improved Altons family:Steve, Jessica, J.Lo,... More 

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

Enno, Thank you so much! It's great to hear from returning guests, and even better to hear that they think the shop has improved on an already great experience! Don't leave it so long before you visit again! Kind regards Steve More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our experience with Alton's Dive Center was fantastic from start to finish. From the moment we emailed to enquire about booking in to complete our Open Water PADI certificates until the day we checked out the staff were nothing but professional, personable and a pleasure to be around. Steve (dive manager) was our first point of contact at Alton's and... More 

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

Jase! Thanks very much for your review! I'll be sure to mention your comments to Jess - I know she loves hearing them! Come back again soon! Kind regards Steve More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

Definitely dive here. It is an extremely professional AND fun establishment. Everyone on staff was super friendly- It's a great little community. My only regret is not diving more with them!

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

Hi Kate! Thanks for the review! We suggest you let us help you deal with your one regret by coming back out as soon as possible! Kind regards Steve More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

My friends and I all outdoor educators and advanced/rescue divers and we went to Utila looking to do some fun diving. When we walked up to Alton's, the staff was extremely accommodating and very friendly to our six person group. The dive masters were very helpful, professional and fun to hang out with creating an outstanding environment for Alton's Dive... More 

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

Zosha! It was great to have you guys come diving with us! You were an absolute pleasure to have on the boat and you're welcome back any time! Kind regards Steve More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

We, 3 friends (32, 30, 29) were looking for an awesome experience and decided to do our OpenWater Basic+Advance on Utila. Altons Dive Center got recommended by a friend i met in Mexico earlier this year. He made his Freedive Master on the Island and was giving me few choices, with Altons being on Rank1. Expertise: We had Karl as... More 

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

Nikolas! Thank you for your wonderful review! It means a lot to us that you guys had such a good time, and that you've written about it for the world to see! Thank you for all your kind comments! We really do enjoy reading them! Come back soon! Kind regards Steve More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

I've been coming to Utila off and on for 15 years. I have tried four different dive shops over the years, but now when we stay in town Altons is the only place my wife and I use. The word that best describes the experience is "family." The Altons community is out of this world. They have a perfect balance... More 

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