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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Utila and Roatan

Utila Aggressor, Sep, 2007,

by James D. Heckelman, OH, USA . Report 3622.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving US, Canada (Tobermory), Bahamas, Belize, Cozumel, Haiti, St. Thomas, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Turk & Caicos Islands, Hawaii, Egypt (Red Sea) and Australia (Coral Sea).
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy diving required.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 tank and table with charger plug strips for photo only.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The crew is phenomenal! Captain Eddy, divemasters Nestor and Sasha, cook Candy and steward John all do an excellent job of making you as comfortable as possible, and attending to your every wish.

Although I have been on better reefs, the crew made the diving exciting and very enjoyable. One of them (Eddy, Nestor, or Sasha) always went on the dive to point out the critters, most of which I probably would never have found. Although you can dive your own profile, I found it very worthwhile to follow them, at least for part of the dive.

Miss Candy prepared excellent meals and snacks. A continental breakfast was available at 6:30, with a hot breakfast served at 7:00. Fruit was always available. Lunches included a delicious homemade soup and a make-your-own sandwich or pasta. Dinners were a meat or fish dish followed by a unique desert. Some meals were barbequed and served on the Sun Deck. Morning snacks (between dives) were usually brownies, cookies, or muffins. Afternoon snacks were usually chicken wings, conk fritters, and the like. Hot cocoa was served after each night dive. The crew served wine and cheese to the guests the last night (Friday) aboard. John kept the rooms clean and tidy.

The first dive of the day was at 8:00AM, followed by a mid morning dive about 10:30. The first afternoon dive was about 2:00, and the second afternoon dive about 4:30. The night dive was after dinner, usually about 7:30. Occasionally the morning dive was changed to 7:00, with the hot breakfast following the dive, to arrive at a dive site before the land based operations arrived.

Utila and Roatan are especially good for macro photography on many of the reefs. We also saw scorpion fish, green and spotted moray eels, octopus, turtles, nurse sharks, and many kinds of fish. The Captains log, prepared by one of the divemasters at the end of each trip and posted on the Aggressor web site, www.aggressor.com, provides a very detailed description of each days diving during the week. Therefore, I will not go into detail on the diving.

Overall, the Utila Aggressor is, in my opinion, an excellent (*****) value.
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