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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Utila and Roatan

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4746
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Truk, Kosrae, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands,
GBR, Fiji, Yap, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large camera table and camera rinse tank on board. All diving from mother
boat so minimal wear and tear on camera gear.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
This 7 day trip consists of 3 1/2 days of diving at Utila and 2 days of
diving at Roatan. At Utila, the Aggressor dives both the north and south
sides. During the surface interval on the north side, the boat searches for
whale sharks. With several dive boats doing the same thing, it can become a
bit of a cluster muck, but we did get a couple of close, quick encounters
with whale sharks. These are snorkel encounters. For environmental and
safety reasons, no SCUBA with whale sharks. We had several lengthy, close
encounters with hawksbill turtles. Also some nice encounters with green
morays one of which had a juvenile spotted drumfish as a reef mate. A few
seahorses and toadfish.

At Roatan, we dived the El Aguila wreck, Mary's Place, Cara a Cara and the
west end dive sights. The shark dive at Cara a Cara included many gray reef

Because of the Aggressor's size it is limited to certain buoys to tie-up.
As a result, you don't have the variety of dive sites that the day boats
have. We often did 2 dives at the same site.

I dived both Utila and Roatan in 2005 and it appeared to me that the reef
marine life has been depleted since then. There are very few restrictions
on fishing and there has been substantial development -- especially on

The Utila Aggressor is a good operation with a very friendly, helpful crew.
The food was excellent especially Marna's Key Lime pie. The dining area can
get a bit congested at meal time with the buffet counter in a corner. Some
the cabins (like mine) are a bit cramped for 2 people. This vessel is to be
replaced with a new boat in the next few months so some stuff needing
repair was left unattended -- hot tub, ice machine, missing dive ladder.
The new is supposed to be bigger and better.
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