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

Utila Aggressor, May, 2006,

by James Heimerq, TX, USA (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 2476.

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

Weather Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth of 110 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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 intermittently)

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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