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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by David Reubush, VA, USA
Top Contributor   (45 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3282
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao,
Dominica, Galapagos, Grand Turk, Provo, Red Sea, Roatan, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come back with 500 psi, don't go deeper than recreational limits or limit
imposed by the nitrox blend you were diving.  The crew recorded depth and
time for everyone for every dive.  However, nobody on the trip pushed any
of the limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large camera table and fresh water rinse tank on dive deck.  Convenient
battery charging station in main salon.  Only problem I had was crew was,
from time to time, not very attentive and I had to wait to get my camera
handed to me. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
My wife and I had not been to Honduras since 1994 and decided to try it
again.  We should have stayed home.  This was perhaps the least satisfying
live-aboard we have ever been on.  Part of the problem was due to the
weather (there had been a big storm the previous week and, as a result,
there was lots of silt/sand in the water) and part was due to the
crew/boat.  For a boat that was "overhauled" (fomer Turks and
Caicos Aggressor) and placed back in service in February of 2006 it needed
work.  The shower head in our cabin and that in at least one other cabin
leaked constantly.  (The one in the other cabin was so bad it kept the
carpet in that cabin wet all week.)  In spite of the fact that they leaked,
when you wanted to take a shower, almost no water came out.  When we got
into the cabin on Saturday night I asked a crew member to please have the
shower fixed - it never happened.  The shower of the folks with the wet
carpet finally did not work at all and they threatened to start using the
crew shower - theirs finally got fixed.  The air conditioning worked too
well.  It was frigid in our cabin.  Instead of having a vent that was
adjustable the cabin vents were fixed wide open.  The solution was lots of
duct tape to close off most of the vent.  As for the crew:  The cook and
her assistant were great.  We had really good food all week.  The captain
appeared to be wedded to a fixed itinerary instead of being flexible and
looking for the best visibility.  We only moved once because the visibility
was too low.  There was one afternoon that we did the dive after lunch in
very low viz and nobody did the 2nd afternoon dive or the night dive and
the captain made no effort to move to find a better place.  The
divemasters, for the most part, were also not really into guiding dives or
looking for stuff for us to see.  The beginning of the week the photo guy
was swimming around taking everyone's picture for the CD they give you, but
after he finished he spent the dives he was in with us doing his own
photography thing.  The one dive I remember that was led by the captain was
the low viz dive and all he did was an out and back.  Just not the
attentiveness that we experienced on the Belize Aggressor our last trip
there.  On a positive note, the folks who own the boat also own a resort on
Utila and appear to be better than the boat experience would have you
expect.  Instead of sticking us with the typical Aggressor "Friday
night dinner is on your own" they invited the whole boat to the resort
for grilled lobster tails.  I hope they start taking a more active hand in
the boat operations and make it as good as the resort appeared to be.  As
far as fish life is concerned we did not see a whale shark and almost all
the big fish have been caught so all you see are small tropicals.     
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