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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Bay Islands

Utila Aggressor, Jan, 2012,

by Gari Sisk, AK, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 6418.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Maldives, Fiji, Truk, Palau, Thailand, Okinawa, Caymans, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only were restricted when doing drift dives on the sea mounts, as we needed to come up as a group.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse bins readily available, camera table was a sacred area, spot on assistance with handling of cameras on entry and exit.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I had previously been on the "old" boat. This boat is great! It holds 18 passengers, which might get a little tight, but the week we went we had 6 guests (and 6 crew). We had a beginner diver with us, as well as a camera dude, and everyone was well taken care of. There was some surge, making the re-entry onto the boat somewhat dicey after some dives, but the crew was always there to help.

Room 1 is all the way forward, with a queen bed (no overhead bunk). Rooms 2 & 3 are slightly smaller than the rest (but not appreciably). There are flat screens in all the rooms, individual AC, hairdryers, en suite bathrooms with soap & shampoo. There are 2 hot showers on the dive deck (with shampoo & conditioner), and all our dives were done from the boat. There was also a hot tub on the upper deck. There were soda, juices, water, coffee, tea, local beer, and wine available.

The sea mounts were the dive highlights for me, as were the 2 whale sharks on the last day. The diving was cooler than I thought it would be...most all of us were on the "cool" side in 3mm, wishing we had a bit more neoprene! Water temps are noted above.

The crew...they make this boat what it is. Captain Nestor really tries to get out of the weather (mostly wind/surge), and find great areas to maximize your dive week. Naja is nothing short of amazing, as is Saby, John, Candy, and Marna. Another plus was being greeted at the airport in San Pedro Sula by a crew member, and escorted to our connection, and the same on the return. A crew member actually made the 30 minute flight with us both ways!

I would dive on this boat anytime!
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