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Dive Review of Utila Lodge in

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Bill and Karen Cousins, VA, USA
Report Number 244
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Roatan, St. Martin, Florida springs, North Carolina wrecks, Fiji
(Nai'a), Cocos Island (UnderseaHunter)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
The best parts of this trip were getting away from our intense jobs for a
week, water warm enough to dive with only a microprene vest, two frogfish
and one seahorse, and finding a beautiful-and-empty cowrie shell.  The
distressing parts will take a little longer to recount.  The two American
Airlines flights to Miami and San Pedro Sula were roomy and pleasant.  No
food though -- eat in the airports.  Also, we were missing a bag by the
time we arrived San Pedro Sula.  It took two more flights to get from
mainland Honduras to Utila -- no air conditioning aboard.  Utila is
unattractive, rundown, and poverty-stricken.  Utila Lodge was clean, and
very rustic. The staff was pleasant and courteous, and we appreciated their
efforts.  Showering was a daily challenge due to low water pressure and
unreliable water temperatures.  The food was hearty and tasty.  No-see-ums
and mosquitoes were bad, even in the dining room.  Our group of 14
experienced divers had one DM, who was adequate.  Nitrox was $6/tank; our
fills were rarely more than 2900.  The diving (17 dives), sadly, was
mediocre and uninteresting.  Reef destruction was shocking ... coral rubble
everywhere.  Soft corals were healthier, but not pretty.  We saw skimpy
numbers of fish ... tangs, parrotfish and an occasional queen trigger, a
couple groups of nice yellowtail snapper, 1 or 2 big Nassau grouper, 2
morays, 2 scrawled file fish.  There were no big boys ... sharks, mantas,
whalesharks, but we did have dolphins twice surfing the bow of the boat as
we returned to shore. One dive blended into the other with nothing
outstanding to record in our logs.  Utila Lodge is located in a cluttered,
congested area of the town along a bay with several bars nearby, playing
raucous music until the wee hours.  We could hear the beat and words to the
songs even over the drone of the AC.  One night, at the bar Coco Loco, a
fellow diver suggested we check out the restroom.  Lifting the commode lid,
one finds the ocean below.  This is not a lovely, tropical island.  Would
we return to Utila?  No.  Would we recommend it to others?  No.   
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