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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Utila / Roatan

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John DeBonis, VA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3885
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Mexico,Belize,Turks and Caicos,North Carolina,Canada
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to the boat with 500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated table and rinse tank for cameras. Crew always available to answer
questions and to give guidance. Use of computer to download photos, and
ability to transfer photos to disc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was my first trip to Honduras, and aboard the Utila Aggressor. My
flight left Washington Dulles at 4:30 AM and I arrived In San Pedro Sula at
around 10:00 AM. Once at the airport, there was no one to greet me,
contrary to what was was stated in the "Know before you go".
Guests arriving in San Pedro Sula prior to 2:00 PM will have to fend for
themselves, as the flight to Utila (where the Utila Aggressor is docked)
does not leave until 3:00 PM. The airport at SAP is sparse to say the
least. There is one restaurant, Wendy's, and one bar/cigar lounge that
charges $9 US for two beers.

We were greeted by a representative at 2:00 PM and transferred to our
flight to Utila. The flight takes about 1/2 hour and is on a twin prop
(loud take ear plugs). This flight is also an additional $150. On Utila we
were greeted by staff from the boat and tranferred to the awaiting Utila
Aggressor. At the boat we were imediately made to feel at home, and told
that the boat "was our's for the week". I found this crew to be
particularly warm and friendly. We set up gear, found our rooms, and
settled in for some relaxation prior to our next day of diving.

We began our diving on Sunday morning around the island of Utila. Our first
dive was the customary "check out" dive and the site was not what
I would call very exciting. There were not many fish, vis was not up to
Caribbean standards, and overall I thought OH NO! Alas though, it all came
together on following dives. The diving around the island of Utila was
great. Lots of corals with plenty of color, and most looked healthy. Many,
many, fishes of all varieties and sizes (though none particularly large).
On the second dive I saw the largest green moray eel that I have ever
behold. It had to be about a foot around at it's head. There were many more
eels through out the trip, of a couple different varieties. Lots of
juvenile fishes, and overall some great dives.

After a couple of days at Utila we crossed to Roatan. Our first dive there
was the famous Mary's Place. It was truly an impressive site. Huge swin
throughs, with lots of colors, fishes, corals. We only did one dive there,
and I wish we could have had more. The remaining diving on Roatan in my
opinion was not as good as on Utila. We had to play hide and seek from the
wind for the remainder of the trip, and I think this may have kept us from
some of the better sites. The weather turned cloudy and windy the last
couple of days. It was bad enough that we did not make the crossing back to
Utila, and instead on Saturday were flown from Roatan to SAP. I think that
this move was above and beyond on the part of the crew and the Aggressor
company, and I applaud their efforts to insure guest comfort.

The accommidations were comfortable and I found the boat to be in good
shape. I heard no complaints about rooms or services during the trip.
Everything on the boat worked as it was supposed to. I dived nitrox for the
trip, and on about the second day my mix was only at 29%. After a couple
tanks of this, I brought it to the attention of the crew, and it was
promptly corrected. My remaining tanks ranged from 32-34%. I found the 34%
a bit more than what I would have liked (due to it's depth limit), but in
all honesty, I did not see anything more below 100' than I saw above it. I
would say mosty of my dives averaged around the 50' mark, and that was
where the most life/activity was.

Food was excellant! Plenty of it and good variety. Always fresh snacks upon
return from our dives, and hot cocoa after the night dives.

Crew were exceptional! All worked together, and no request made by any
guest was to much to ask. All worked the dive deck and handed out towels.
Capt Eddy was one of the most approachable I have ever had the pleasure
meeting, and went out of his way to insure our comfort.

All in all, this was the typical Aggressor charter, and up to their usual
stadards, which all others try to acheive. There is so much more that I
could say, but it all boils down to this. Would I reccomend the Utila
Aggressor? I definitely would. Would I return to Honduras for more diving?
I seriously doubt it. One should go and see all the diving that the Bay
Islands have to offer, but following that, I would say I have much more to
see before I would return.
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