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Dive Review of MV Caribbean Pearl in
Honduras/Utila/Roatan

June, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Laurel Fulton, CO, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Buddy diving, Recreational limits, no deco  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
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Corals
  4 stars
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Comments
Nice large table and roomy dive platform with dunk tanks.  Limited charging
outlets and no air blower set up to dry cameras. ...
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Food
5 stars
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Snorkeling
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Comments  
I will preface this by saying I have been on multiple liveaboards over the
past 10 years, many of them the various Aggressors. I believe this boat is
the previous Utila Aggressor which has been renamed the Caribbean Pearl. 
It is owned and operated by Troy, who owns the Laguna Beach Resort as well.
 He lives on the Island and was on board briefly.  I don't know how many
charters this boat has been on, but they are off to a rocky start.  The
crew was excellen ...
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By wonderland at Jul 03, 2014 09:28 EST  
I was on the boat with Laurel.  Rumor is that after the owner parted ways
with Aggressor in 2012 they had some sort of non-compete that prevented
them from doing direct marketing.  Boat apparently has not been chartered
much.  Crew told us that a lot of repairs have been outstanding for quite
some time, but that the owner was dragging his feet about them.

In spite of all of the problems, the crew worked around the clock to make
sure we were taken care of.  Unfortunately, they don't have any back up. 
On the old Utila Aggressor, we transited at night so as not to miss dives
during the day.  They can't do this on the Pearl as they only have one
captain who can drive the boat.

The diving was as lovely as I remember from several years ago, but I would
not bother with the Pearl until major repairs are undertaken and it starts
to be chartered more regularly.  There are plenty of land-based operations
on both Utila and Roatan to choose from.
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