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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Fredda Lerner, VA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Truk, Palau, Cocos, Hawaii, Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Excellent for UWPs.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
The Utila Aggressor II was impeccable -- just 6 weeks from her maiden
voyage at the end of September 2010.  From my perspective, the boat was
designed with the diver's experience in mind.

Two hot freshwater showers right on the swim platform, two dunk tanks for
camera equipment, one for masks and one for wetsuits(!).

Each diver's station has an individual whip, so multiple tanks can be
filled simultaneously from the large compressor banks. Refills were all
done in record time.

All battery recharge was done on the dive deck camera table, which had
three levels plus space for Pelican cases underneath.

Accommodations were excellent, with large staterooms and ensuite heads and
good storage. A/C was excellent, with individual stateroom thermostats and
fan controls that worked. Rooms had blow dryers.

Food was good, with excellent restaurant quality presentation.  Lionfish
was great and SO APPRECIATED.

There were a variety of dives off Utila and Roatan, including wall dives,
sand slopes with coral heads and outcroppings, and a couple of
"semi-drift" dives (the boat wasn't moored, but came and picked
us up as each group surfaced). We were last in Utila 8 years ago, the
quality of the reef and the quantity of life (except unfortunately for the
lionfish - they seem to be thriving) has declined somewhat since then in
all sites except the Sea Mounts.  The Sea Mounts reminded us of the way
Utila and Roatan used to be - healthy reef and full of life.  
Way too many lionfish; we typically saw four or five per dive. What can be
done to stop this infestation?

The staff was top notch but we would like to call out (and embarrass) the
two people who really made our trip memorable. Captain Jay was terrific: 
personable, knowledgeable, very funny, great diver.  Nestor was fantastic -
outstanding dive master (thanks so much for showing us the stargazer!!!)
and really concerned about the reef.  Lionfish beware - Nestor is out to
get you all.  :)

One sour note: although Nitrox is available, the week we were on board, the
Nitrox system was not operational, awaiting part delivery. We all dove air
for the week.  Kinda missed "geezer gas."

Summary: If you're looking to dive on a Caribbean live-aboard, it would be
very difficult to do better than spending a week on the Utila Aggressor II.
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