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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Bay Islands - Utila

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by James Heimerq, TX, USA
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Report Number 2476
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Tahiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico (both coasts), N and S
California, Texas, Norway, Bahamas, Australia, Cayman Islands, USVI, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth of 110 feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Digital photography only supported; camera table on dive deck and dedicated
rinse tank at the dive deck; staff extremely helpful with photography tips;
not well set up to download cards to computer or display on large screen TV
in lounge (connection ports for RCA cables no accessible / working only
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The Utila Agressor is a new vessel (since Feb 06), with the typical small,
but very clean rooms.  It is smaller than other Aggressors with only one
lounge area.  It accommodates 14 (we had 12 on board) with six crew
(Captain Eddy, 1st mate / DM Nestor, DM Shara, and cook Marna assisted by
Candy and Shane in the galley.  The crew is outstanding.

However -- we booked the Utila Aggressor for two reasons - to see whale
sharks and to be able to dive the best sites on all three Bay Islands. 
Unfortunately, mechanical problems with a refrigerator/freezer and one AC
unit curtailed the travel to one (partly stormy) day at Roatan.  The rest
of the time was spent a dive spots around Utila that can be reached from
any shore resort, and we spent each night in Utila harbor.  

The owner of the Aggressor, who we all met, and the crew made every effort
to get the repairs made in a timely manner, which they were.

Because most of those on board were interested in maximizing diving, we did
not take time out to look for whale sharks.  We later learned that another
boat (shore based) had had 11 encounters and gone in the water seven times
to swim with both whale sharks and mantas.  Bummer for us.

Re the diving - walls and reefs with generally excellent vis.  Did not see
anything large, and only a couple of morays and turtles to break the parade
of the "usual tropicals."  Deep dives on the Aguilla (Roatan), at
Mary's Place (also Roatan), the Halliburton Wreck, and the Pinnacle were
high lights, as was a dive at Corrines Reef (Roatan again).

We will probably not do the Utila Aggressor again, but rather go to one of
the shore resorts, Laguna Beach Resort or Utila Dive Resort (not sure of
those names).  I can recommend the Utila Aggressor (and can not speak
highly enough of the crew and owner), but if you go during whale shark
season be sure and make your wishes known, if you want to see whale sharks.
 And make sure that the itinerary will include visits to all of the
islands, weather and other conditions permitting.
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