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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Wayne McNab, TX, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Hawaii, Cayman, Belize, Flower Gardens, Bahamas, Cozumel, Gulf
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive with a buddy.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Digital only, no film.  Nice clean table.  Ability to check your shots on
ships pc.
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
     Although getting to the Utila Aggressor isn't too difficult, it could
be better.  We landed in San Pedro Sula and waited in the airport nearly
three hours for another passenger to arrive before we took the 2.5 hour
ride to La Ceiba where the boat docks.  They started photographing and
fingerprinting everyone at immigration so it really slowed things down.  I
prefered the logistics of the old Bay Islands Aggressor which docked in
Roatan, a mere 30 minute drive from the airport.  But you can't have
     The cabins were nice and clean, though somewhat small for my taste. 
It appeared the starboard cabins were 1 foot wider than the port cabins. 
Typical cabins with a twin bunk on bottom and a single on top.  Get there
first and grab the bottom bunk.  I though I had it made, but my 83 year old
roommate couldn't get into the top bunk.  That's right, 83, and he dove
    And be careful in the cabin heads, more than one person bumped into the
shower valve and got soaked after using the facilites.  Not too bad unless
it's the last day and you're ready for the bus to the airport!  Guilty as
charged.  There is a nice head on the dive deck as well.
     The first morning we took the 2-3 hour trip to Cayos Cochinos where we
did all our dives that day.  These were my least favorite dives of the
trip, though we did see an Eagle Ray on the very first dive!  I had dove
there 4 years ago and remembered the dives as being better, or maybe we
were at a slightly different spot this time?
     The second day we did our morning dives at Coco's Seamount.  We saw
two Morays, a toadfish, a stingray, and numerous baracuda just to name a
few.  As we headed over to Roatan for the afternoon dives, the wind and
seas picked up, so we ended up on the west side of the Island.  There we
dove Nitrox alley and Taviana's wall.
     On Tuesday morning we dove the wreck of the Aguila, my favorite dive
of the trip.  Nestor spent 10 minutes playing with the resident green Moray
who swam out to meet us and was obviously used to divers.  The next dive
was the wreck of the Odyssey, not as much fun as the Aguila, but a nice
wreck anyway.  Our afternoon dives were at the Dolphin Caves.  Not many
critters there, but very nice swim thoughs.  It reminded me of the caverns
at Shark's Cove on the North Shore of Oahu.  
     On Wednesday we were off to Utila for the rest of the trip.  We did
two dives at Blackish point and the rest in the Marine Reserve.  We saw the
usual group of tropicals, sponges, and a Hawksbill turtle.
     Thursday we had the flatest seas of the trip so after we did two dives
at Old House we spent an hour or so looking for Whale Sharks but had no
luck.  Too late in the summer I expect.  At Old House besides the usual lot
of tropicals, we found a free swimming Spotted Moray.  I followed him
around for over 10 minutes!  The afternoon dives were at Black Hills Sea
Mount.  This is a really nice spot which we all enjoyed.  Here we found a
Green Moray, Hawksbill Turtle, lobster, crab, and an assortment of Jacks
& Snappers.  The big fish like to hang out on the 'windward' side of
the mount, and there were lots of them!
     Friday came too soon.  Our last two dives were on the East side of
Utila at Ted's Point.  On the first dive we checked out a little wreck and
then Nestor came though and found us a beautiful little Sea Horse!  It
wasn't an inch long, so it took us 30 minutes to re-find him on the last
     The dinner Friday night in Utila was pretty good.  I can't remember
the name of the restaurant, something to do with a Pirate, but I'm sure
it's the usual place to go.  I had a steak dinner and reasonable margarita
for $10. When we returned to the boat, there were three small Eagle Rays
swimming in along side the boat at the dock.  They kept it up for 30
minutes, and it was so cool!  We left early the next morning for the return
trip to La Ceiba. 
     The crew was great.  Capt. Jay (from the Belize Aggressor), Shara,
Nestor, Shane, and Marna.  They all worked their butts off, from finding
lots of critters to cooking us great meals.  
     I've been on enough liveaboards to notice that the crew often slacks
off as the week progresses.  These folks didn't.  They worked just as hard
the last day as they did the first.
     Go there, you'll enjoy it.
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