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Dive Review of Utila Lodge in

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Vance Esler, TX, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Roatan, Florida, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were content to dive with guides who were pretty laid back. Most dives
were 45-60 minutes -- the limits of our air.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Very good if you want to photograph small critters.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
I hesitate to give the Utila Lodge a great review because it could become
too crowded, and then I might have trouble making a reservation. Yet I must
say that we loved this place.

We took a small commuter plane to/from Roatan to Utila. It is a 10 minute
flight that doesn't get above 200 ft (important to know when you are trying
to plan your last dives around flying).

The island is small, but it is a diving mecca. There must be dozens of dive
schools within a few blocks. There are people from all over the world there
learning to be divemasters and instructors.

The Lodge is quaint, not fancy, and it is perfect for diving. Everything is
very close. The boat, the dining room, and the bedrooms are all within a
few yards from each other.

The Lodge is clean and comfortable. Everything is wood and made to get wet.
The place is owned by Americans who were there during our visit, helping to
cook and simply visit. The buffet meals were very good. Between meals one
could get sodas or alcoholic beverages from the bar using an honor system
linked to your room number. Overall, this is one of our favorite places to
have stayed.

The Lodge had our gear on the boat each morning, tanks filled. They would
even set up your rig if you wanted them to. Some of us used Nitrox while
others used air. If I had any complaint, it is that the tanks were not
always fully filled. After the day's diving, you put your stuff into
numbered mesh bags which they provided, and the staff would clean the gear
and hang it to dry.

The diving was a lot of fun. Willie, our boat captain, was said by many to
be the best on the island. He sure knew how to find whale sharks. He also
had lots of good stories, and he was very knowledgeable about the
underwater life. One morning we went to the other side of the island where
we saw pilot whales, dolphins and whale sharks. Fun!

If you go to Utila, you should plan to spend one afternoon on a whale shark
excursion. Go with the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center and Dr Rob
Davis (an ex-Navy Seal turned marine biologist). He will teach you a lot
about the huge fish, and he will show you how to do the encounters the
right way.

Oh, there are small lock boxes in the rooms, but you don't really need
them. We found everyone at the Lodge trustworthy. Tipping is interesting.
Rather than tipping individuals on a daily basis, they ask you to leave
your tip when you check out. It is then split up among ALL the staff. 60%
goes to the cooks, room service, desk clerks, etc, and the other 40% goes
to the boat captain and dive guides.

If we go to Utila again, this is where we would plan to stay and to dive.
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