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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Bay Islands

Utila Aggressor, May, 2007,

by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 3350.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Palau, Fiji, Australia, Truk, Kosrae, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Unenforced 110 ft max; finish with 500 psi
Liveaboard? yes 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 1 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Spacious camera table with compressed air, crew will hand down (or up) the camera. Pretty good macro subjects.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Our weeks charter on Utila Aggressor in the Bay Islands of Honduras was overshadowed by the dreadful performance of Continental Airlines which failed to deliver luggage for several passengers, from a nonstop flight from the states to San Pedro Sula, for more than four days. Most of the luggage was tagged Priority by Continental, but this had no effect. There are daily Continental flights from the states and the Aggressor crew kept up constant inquiries, but Continental refused to fulfill its obligation. The first order of business on the first day was a predawn departure from La Ceiba to Utila to get rental (but they never charged for any of it) dive gear for those passengers whose luggage Continental had delayed. I think the next several days diving was limited somewhat by the captains wish to remain close to an island where luggage transfer could take place if Continental delivered the luggage.
The salon is cramped with tables for fourteen. The cabins (5 with bunks double below, single above - and one quad with two bunk sets) are tiny, but each has a private head. Sink is in the bedroom, toilet in the shower.
Crew members were responsive to problems (sewage backing up in showers, A/C off.) Many passengers complained of overactive A/C in the cabins, but its better than not enough (to me) and duct tape over the vents helped. The captain agreed, on application by our ever-vigilant group leader, to have the first dive before breakfast and the night dive before dinner (though it keeps the kitchen staff up later.)
Like most liveaboards, the last night dinner is on your own. But wait! At lunch on Friday, after we tied up at Utila, the owner, Capt. Troy, came aboard to invite us all to be his guests for dinner at his luxury (my word) Laguna Beach Resort. He picked us up on a large sport fishing boat, took us to the resort, gave us a beach barbecue dinner, and returned us to the Aggressor!
The crew of five works hard and may be understaffed. Several times the crew member on the dive platform was occupied with a cell phone when divers were launching or returning. The diving is well organized and the deck is spacious. Nitrox (get certified, if you arent) or air, always more than 3000 psi. Five dives a day, no excuses trying to cut a dive here or there, and no "rationing" of night dives. [There is no shore diving, but the Undercurrent questionnaire does not accept 'NONE.']
The diving was disappointing. Reefs are o.k. and there are 2 pretty good wrecks . . . but no fish! We saw three huge groupers on the Aguila wreck and no other fish longer than a foot or so, except a few barracudas and morays, anywhere. I hope there are more numerous fish in more distant sites, and if there are the ship needs to be there, because the diving close to Utila and Roatan isnt good enough.
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