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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Bay Islands

May, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 3350
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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

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Unenforced 110 ft max; finish with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Shore Facilities  
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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
2 stars    
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
	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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