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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Clark, K, USA
Report Number 2837
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Bahamas, Fla. Keys, Hawaii, Bonaire, Roatan.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational diving limits, back on the boat with 500 PSI.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 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  
Aggressor fleet always has good camera facilities. This ship was no
exception. A large rinse tank dedicated to U/W photo equipment. Large
camera table with plenty of lighting and compressed air nozzel. Initially I
had trouble finding enough power outlets to charge my strobes. I mentioned
it to the Captain and they created a charging station in the salon with
several power strips. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Travel to Utila is a little tricky. You fly a major carrier to mainland
Honduras or Roatan and take a Sosa or Atlantic Airlines to a small landing
strip in Utila. Needless to say, the flight into Utila was
"interesting"; they have since changed docking locations to La
Ceiba on the mainland of Honduras.  This was the maiden voyage for this
Aggressor franchise. Small by live-aboard standards this vessel sleeps 14
passengers comfortably. It has all the amenities one expects on a first
class live-aboard, great food, in-room shower/head, daily housekeeping
service, comfortable salon with books and DVD movies, hot towels and
delicious snacks after each dive. The Captain, Eddy Anderson is no
newcomer. He was the first mate on the Bay Islands Aggressor for years and
knows these waters like the back of his hand. The rest of the staff was
first rate but a little nervous, (perhaps it was the first voyage
experience or the presence of Allen Conner from the Aggressor Corporate
The weather was rough so we didn't get the opportunity to see whale sharks.
The diving however was great. The best thing about diving on the Utila
Aggressor is the variety. The Utila sites have pristine reefs, abundant
fish life and the possibility of seeing whale sharks. The sites in Cayos
Cochinos are a macro photographer's dream: lettuce sea slugs, leopard flat
worms, Peterson cleaner shrimp, quilfin blennies and blue bell tunicates.
The remote location and interesting topography of the Cocos Seamount make
it an exciting dive site; or perhaps it was the 30-40 great barracudas,
large schools of yellow tail snappers, black durgons and horse-eyed jacks.
Roatan has outstanding wall diving. Mary's Place and Connie's Dream are
well known for awesome sand chutes and swim-thru cracks that exit onto
pristine walls and crystal clear blue water. These sites make me want to
carry two cameras. One equipped with wide-angle lens for the wall and the
spotted eagle rays another with a macro lens for the two species of pipe
fish and the seahorse. If wreck diving is your pleasure there are three
nice wrecks within the travels of the Utila Aggressor, the Aguila and the
Odyssey on Roatan and the Halliburton on Utila. The night diving was very
good as well. We saw octopus every night, toadfish, queen channel crabs and
squid. Upon completion of our voyage I ran into Nestor Vidotto formerly of
the Bay Island Aggressor and Paradise Island Resort on Roatan. He was
joining the UA crew. Nestor is a competent video/photo pro and one of the
best critter finders I have ever met. His enthusiasm for diving and
knowledge of ocean life is another plus for this operation.
All in all a great live-aboard diving experience and one I highly recommend
to photographers.
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