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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras

Utila Aggressor, Dec, 2010,

by Fredda Lerner, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5859.

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

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Excellent for UWPs.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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