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

MV Caribbean Pearl, Jun, 2014,

by Laurel Fulton, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7651 has 2 Helpful votes.

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
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Nice large table and roomy dive platform with dunk tanks. Limited charging outlets and no air blower set up to dry cameras. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Alice Ribbens in MN, US 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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