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Dive Review of Dive Utopia/Utopia Village in

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Rosseisen, TX, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4368
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Roatan, Cayman, Flower Garden Banks, Grenadines,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Be back on the boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Rinse tanks on the boat, no dedicated table. Good counter space in rooms to
work on camera gear.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I went with a group of 14 from Texas.  Utopia is pretty remote, so bring
along a sense of adventure. We started our journey from Austin on
Continental airlines, we changed planes in Houston, and we were off to
Roatan. Once we got to Roatan, we changed to a charter flight to Utila. It
was a 20 passenger turboprop plane, big guys in front to help balance the
luggage in back. Then it was a quick 20 minute ride to Utila.  A
representative from the resort met us at the airstrip and we loaded onto 2
taxis for a quick ride to the dock in town where we were met by the dive
boat. We loaded up and headed to the resort, across the harbor and into the
lower lagoon, where we slowly motored through the mangroves to a dock where
we were met by the jungle bus. So we loaded onto the bus for the final
leg to the resort. 2 miles down a 2 rut road through the jungle we finally
arrive. We were met at the bar with a drink.

Websters defines Utopia as an imaginary and indefinitely remote place,
well it is remote, but it is definitely not imaginary. The resort is
beautiful, 2 buildings house the 16 rooms, and there is a restaurant, and
kitchen, a beach bar and the dive shop all sitting between the beach and

The rooms are large with cold AC, the shower alternated between hot and
warm, but was fine. The drinking water is bottled water only, but never
really was a problem. The food, well let me just say that it was totally
awesome. Hugh the chef made us 2 mouthwatering choices for dinner and
lunch. It was always a hard choice, and I wish I could have ordered both
choices. Breakfast was fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, pancakes, juice, coffee,
and one morning we had Honduran breakfast with corn tortillas, eggs, beans.
We definitely didnt go hungry on this trip.

The diving was really nice. Great walls and pinnacles, lots of really large
formations. Large varieties of soft and hard corals.  I saw several stands
of large elkhorn coral. The fish were not as abundant as I would have
liked, but I did see some interesting fish life on the dives. The dive boat
is very large and roomy for our group. The diving was usually a morning 2
tank, then a shore dive or 2 in the afternoon or night. The shore diving
from the resort is really nice, but be careful if the water gets rough,
then the entrances and exits become a bit more challenging. The resort has
rinse tanks for gear, and all gear was brought from the gear room to the
boat every morning and returned and rinsed and hung up every evening. We
usually spent our surface interval cruising for Whale sharks, unfortunately
we did not see any on this trip, but we did get to snorkel with dolphins
and got to see a Sailfish feeding at the surface. My favorite site was
Pinnacles, a swim through at 120, fantastic fish life, and a Grey Angel
that likes to eat bubbles.

Other things to know: Dont forget the bug spray, those sand flies can be
vicious when the wind dies down. The cell phone and internet service can be
spotty, so dont count on it. I was able to use skype most of the time, but
sometimes there was quite a lag. As I said earlier, bring along a sense of
adventure, Utila is already pretty isolated and this resort is a ways from
town, and you cant just run into town, it requires at least a boat ride,
and sometimes a ride through the jungle, so plan accordingly. The staff was
very accommodating to our requests and handled issues that arose in a
timely fashion. This was certainly on of the best dive trips I have been
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