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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Lorna Weible, Tx, USA
Report Number 2565
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over carribbean, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 feet or your own computer; first drink=last dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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  
Plug-ins for batteries were inside the main salon while the photo table was
outside on the dive deck.  Lots of going back and forth.  Would have been
nicer to have the plug-ins on the camera table.  Camera table is plenty
large and the camera rinse tank was large and filled with fresh water every
morning.  I brought my first digital camera and the crew was very nice
about working with me to help get the best shots and also helped with using
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We thought we would  try a different destination in the Bay Islands, having
been to Roatan before, to see if viz and fish life would be better.  Found
it to be about the same.  Not on scale with Caymans or Turks & Caicos. 
We understood this to be a protected reserve but found the fish life to be
lacking.  Our hopes of seeing whale sharks were not realized, but in
reading the captains log on-line they had only seen one since the boat
started charters.  There were some different types of juvenile fish we
spotted, and the place is not lacking for creole wrasse.  Almost every dive
you would swim with rivers of them.  No real currents and not tough diving
at all.  Good for beginners.  Summer usually has calmer seas.  No rain our
whole trip.
This was our 4th Aggressor trip and the boat layout was similar to all the
others.  Same rules- outside towels stay out, inside towels stay in.  I
have read reports that captains would not let guests in the cabin unless
they have changed clothes, however I have never found this on any charter I
have been on.  As long as you are reasonably dry you can go in.  They do
ask that you don't sit on a cloth seat in a wet suit, but that should be
general manners.  The toilets on this boat backed up quite a bit which was
a rude wake-up call in the mornings.
A few things I found unusual for an Aggressor boat: the crew all spoke
fluent spanish and would use it frequently among themselves.  This was done
in front of non-spanish speaking guests and more than one commented on the
rudness of it.  Also, some of the beds in the cabins either did not have
full linens or no linens.  On Wednesday when they were changed I found only
a bottom sheet on our bunk and asked for top sheets.  I got one the next
day.  One guest commented that he had not had ANY sheets since the start of
the trip!  Unacceptable.
We did not eat out on the deck for any meal except the last coctail party,
however it was pretty windy the whole week and this may have been the
reason.  Also, I have never been on a boat that did not have music to play
on the sun deck.  The crew said if anyone brought an ipod with us they
would be happy to play it but that they had no tunes on the boat.
The food was among the best I have had on a live-aboard.  The quality and
quantity Candy put out in the small galley was amazing.  Fresh home made
breads and soups daily, desserts, some of the best salads ever.  After the
night dives we were served hot chocolate on the dive deck and after the
first night the steward, Shane, learned we brought Baileys for just this
purpose and never forgot to add it to our hot chocolate after that. 
This particular boat has only been sailing since March 06.  Despite this
newness it lost one engine in the middle of the week and this ended in our
being late into dive sites whenever the boat would move.  The trip back
from Roatan took 6-7 hours.  
All in all this was an enjoyable trip.  After all, how bad can being on a
live-aboard in the carribbean be?  But some of the issues I stated could be
fixed and it would be an even better trip.  At the end of the charter it
was suggested by a crew member that tips are "only recommended if you
had a good time, and if you did 15-18% would be appreciated". 
The Utila trips have several add-on costs that quickly get the price up to
the same as their other trips.
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