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“Info on the Mango Inn, UDC & Utila”
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Mango Inn Resort
Ranked #4 of 14 Utila B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Info on the Mango Inn, UDC & Utila”
Reviewed March 5, 2007

Before we booked our stay we read the 2 reviews that have been posted and they were very helpful. During our stay we thought about other bits of information that might help other travellers.
We booked a dive package with the Mango Inn and the Utila Dive Center (UDC) through Aqua Dreams travel as instructed on the Mango Inn website. My husband already knew how to dive and I signed up for an open water course. We signed up for the 2 dive a day for 6 days, 2 meals a day, lodging for 6 nights, plus my course. We found the price, $1500 USD, quite reasonable.
I would recommend doing a dive package for someone learning how to dive because there is a lot of reading to do and it's easier to just walk over to the restaurant than to walk around town searching for a good place to eat. The Mango Cafe opens for breakfast at 6:30 so you'll always be able to get a good meal before going out diving for the day. The food is good.
We chose to stay in one of the bungalows for a little more privacy. Be aware that the walls separating the 2 rooms (it's a duplex style bungalow) are there only for visual separation and you can hear Everything. Everything down to someone brushing their teeth. We were lucky and only had neighbors for 2 nights. We did have hot water issues though. There wasn't any hot water for 3 nights and the hot water heater exploded water all over the floor twice. After trying to fix it and failing they eventually moved us to another bungalow and made up for the inconvenience by lettting us stay there when we were meant to move to another, smaller, room. We also requested blankets when we first arrived and never received one. While both rooms are large and comfortable, the Copan Cabanas are much nicer than the Coco Cabanas so if you have a choice I would request the Copan Cabana. The Copan had nice blankets on the bed, pictures on the wall and a quiet air conditioner.
As for information on the UDC, I wouldn't dive with anyone else. Jason Levi is an organized, efficient, on time, nice, smart and overall great instructor. I feel lucky he was there to great me at the dock when I arrived. You will most likely be on the resort boat, Martini's Law, so you may be diving with Chico and Karen, the other 2 dive masters with whom we dove. They are both wonderfuly nice and interesting people. Karen moves through the water slowly enough for people to take photos and for new people (like me) to feel comfortable with the pace. Chico dove with my husband and he is now the head dive master as Regina (see other review) has moved to the States. He has a true love for diving and if he's still there when you travel to Utila he'll be on the boat every day.
Take the advice from the folks at the UDC for other places to eat, they always steared us in the right direction.
One thing to note if you are travelling to Utila is that if you fly directly in to Roatan you'll have to either charter a plane to Utila or take 2 ferries to get there. It's a little time consuming, but well worth it once you get there.
Utila is a small island and most of the activity is centralized in a couple square miles. After a few days you'll get to know people and be able to say hi as you walk along the streets.

Stayed February 2007
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Utila, Honduras
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Reviewed November 3, 2006

our second stay at mango inn and its still the best place in town on utila . stayed in a deluxe room this time (other rooms were sold out) but would recommend a deluxe cabin or cottage , much nicer . food is great (especially the pizza from the wood burning oven) and recommended , as is the jade seahorse just down the street. we dived with utila dive center, who, along with deep blue(also a nice resort) and the bay islands college of diving are highly recommended .
we'll be back again soon !

  • Liked — great value and consistant quality
  • Disliked — construction on the room next door , did they really need to leave a toilet on the balconey all week ?
  • Tips/Secrets — utila does not have any high end resorts , but mango inn is clean and very inexpensive .
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed May 15, 2006

This is long.....get a cup of coffee....Arrived in Utila on 5/6/06 via Roatan (minus our luggage, don't fly with Atlantic Airlines). Jennifer @ Mango Inn was very nice, but very ineffective in helping us locate our luggage. We finally got it the next day, (thanks to Neil and Jimmy) only to learn it had been there since the day we arrived, but was sent to a different hotel.
Our cabin at Mango Inn was comfortable and worked well for us, but if you're into luxury, don't go to Utila. It's not for the "Cozumel" diver, as 'excess' as we know it in the US does not exist on the island. That's what we loved about it! We found the people to be be friendly and warm. So much to see on the island! Mango Cafe has the best food (especially the pizza) on the island. The menu varies each day, and we loved the lobster and whole snapper!
We spent a week there, and were never bored! Went on the dive boat every day with Utila Dive Center, and it was great! Regina and Chico made sure we saw new things, and Regina let me go slowly to take pics. Great group @ UDC!
Wanted to see Whale Sharks, so we went to see D'arcy & Kelly at the Whale Shark Oceananic Research Center (--). They were incredible, and took us on the research boat on Friday. We spotted, and snorkeled with, 4 or 5 different whale sharks. We were able to spend time with the boat captain, learning what to look for, how to spot whale sharks underwater, and how to recognize the 'boil'. We witnessed the tagging of 2 of the 5. AWESOME!! It's impossible to describe the beauty and grace of these amazing creatures. Please check out the WSORC website to see how you can assist in their preservation!
Lost luggage and other issues cannot negate the impact this island and people had on us. We'll be there again next year, with or without luggage!!! Our thanks to Mango Inn, Regina, Chico, Jimmy, and Neil at Utila Dive Center, and especially to D'arcy and Kelly at WSORC, located at the Utila Lodge!
If you have questions, please email, and I'll answer if I can!

  • Stayed May 2006
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Property: Mango Inn Resort
Address: Lozano Road, Utila 34201, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Utila
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Utila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Mango Inn Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a calm residential area of town, the Mango Inn is within walking distance of all amenities and beaches and just a 5 minute walk from the ferry dock. Nestled in a beautiful tropical garden, all rooms and cabins have the comfort you expect to make your stay as enjoyable and perfect as possible. We offer 5 types of rooms designed for the budget of every visitor: Shared dorm rooms (for divers at Utila Dive Centre), Standard private rooms, Deluxe private rooms, Standard cabins, Deluxe cabins and the Mango Cottage. Our restaurant and bar, the Mango Inn Bar & Grill, is situated in the same tropical gardens as the Hotel itself, creating the most pleasant and peaceful surroundings and offer our famous brick oven pizzas, freshly made on the premises. We also offer free wi-fi and guest computer. ... more   less 
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