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Dive Review of Utila Lodge in

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Susan Freedman, DC, USA
Report Number 448
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman (lived there), Cozumel, South Caicos (lived there), Florida,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Asked not to break rec dive limits, didn't.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
We had plenty of room for camera area. Don't know if it'd be the case if
everyone had cameras/strobes. But only 8 roooms at facility, max of those 8
rooms (maybe 16 on boat) so pretty good.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Utila Lodge is a small and homey facility with 8 rooms off the water(2
floors of 4 rooms). It's next door to the Utila Dive College so you'll run
into many more folks from all over the world into diving. Very friendly,
very easy-going, if diving is your thing, this is a place to be. Not a lot
for non-divers or if you need a lot of amenities. 
Boat captain "Willy" and our divemaster Albert were excellent!
One morning we ventured into the deep blue for whale sharks and found them
on 4 separate occasions. Laguna beach's boat and others (rival companies)
would follow us because Willy had a knack of finding these gentle giants,
so once a crowd formed, we'd head off to find more on our own again---which
Willy was a pro at. So one day we jumped in on snorkel with whale sharks 4
times--from 18' to 35' long. Another day Willy found them again once for
others not on boat earlier in the week, but I relaxed and watched the
shadows on board enjoying the new excitement. The diving: very good to
excellent. So many pristine corals and small nudibranchs and tunicates and
sea horses and juvi spotted drums and more. And lots of schooling horse eye
jacks, blue tangs, an old, large turtle and more. Schools of dolphins
chased and led our boat on more than one occasion. Only wish I'd seen a
school of spotted eagle rays--but I've seen them many times in my travels
so that was OK. The boat was good, easy on and off if you had any common
sense. Food was OK, most of time good or tolerable, sometimes less, which
is par for the course with remote all-inclusives. Went into
"town" a couple times and enjoyed thoroughly. Only down-side was
reaching the island destination itself. There is no real airport--more a
giant black top on a field and Utila is not in airline computer systems. I
had mechanical problems with my first flight out of DC to hub in Houston so
I missed it and it took 72 hours to finally reach Utila via Belize, El
Salvador and the mainland. Being so remote, airlines were not very
helpful,and Roatan Charter was absolutely horrendous. But seeing the whale
sharks--sometimes just a few inches from me--made it all worth the pain.
The Lodge owners, staff and bar were great too. If you don't mind no TV, no
email, no phones, and needing a lot of bug spray, this place is excellent.
It's definitely for divers by divers. Two thumbs up!
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