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Dive Review of Utopia in

April, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Ernie Plourde, CT, US
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Report Number 6040
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Curacao, Bonaire,Chuuk(Truk Lagoon)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
In general, if you had a computer, you could dive your own profile. They
asked that you limit dive time to one hour.  
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
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
There were no formal rinse tanks per say on board but they tried by
providing empty coolers filed with fresh water, this did the trick for the
most part. On land every one simply took their cameras to their rooms to
charge batteries etc. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Coming from New England,it was a long travel day.We left Bradlee at 6:05 AM
and arrived in Roatan at 9:47 AM their time there was a $2.00 entry fee, no
day light savings time. From Roatan we took a small island hopper to Utila,
took 12 minutes.In Utila we were picked up by a van and driven 10 minutes
to a waiting boat transport which turned out to be our dive boat. The boat
ride lasted 15 to 20 minutes and we arrived at Utopia Village. All of our
gear was carried by staff, we just walked down the beach to the resort.
Once registered, which went smooth and quick, we checked out our rooms
which were spacious and comfortable,with no TV and good air conditing. One
oddity here is we were told not to put toilet paper in the toilet and that
only bothers Americans. You were to put dirty paper in a waste container
that was changed daily. You were not to drink the water and clean drinking
water was provided. Just a about every one had a stomach issue by weeks
end, I suspect it may have been from the rinse tank they rinsed our gear
in,I would suggest you take your reg. back to your room and rinse it was
clean water.We all geared up for a check out dive on the house reef. The
walk out was tricky as their was no cut out, so you had to walk over coral.
On later shore dives we walked back to the pier we arrived at and did a
giant stride off the end and came back using a ladder on the side. The dive
boat was big enough to accomadate 16-18 divers and their cameras, the group
I dive with all have very large housings,but managed.There was no head, we
had 16 divers in our group, no diver gets left behind. Nitrox was available
at $12 per fill, most passed as many resorts today include Nitrox free as a
diver attraction, I used the Nitrox on Wednsday to beat any fatigue due to
mid-week energy let down.The reefs were pretty lively with all the usual
inhabitants and several lion fish, they are starting to take over the
reefs. Most operations just leave them alone and act like they are an
attraction for divers,mistake. Only in Cozumel,did I see dive guides kill
the lion fish, then fileted it and fed it to a moray,we need to have more
of this.There were huge green moreys and my favorite, spotted eagle rays.
One of my dive buddies, Pete shot some awesome footage of one as the ray
turned and came back and only Peter saw him, one diver,one fish,
ideal!There were lots of lobsters, blue tunicates,sea horses,turtles,squid
and many angels, grey, french and queen.The dive guides were fairly
knowledgable and friendly and very attentive,whatever they could do to help
you,if needed.Most days we did 3 boat dives and you could use the house
reef all you wanted. We did a night dive and there were spanish lobsters
and octopus. All things considered the diving was fun. On shore the food
was good, at breakfast, usually scrambled eggs, bacon,pan cakes etc, they
would take our lunch and dinner orders, you had two choices. It was a cash
bar, kind of pricey, a 4 to 6 oz. glass of red wine,$7.50, a shot of
liquir, $7.00, beer $3.75, I think you get the idea. The no seeums were
present as were sand flees, bring bug spray.Coffee was ready by 6:AM
everyday for early risers and the 2 owners, Debby and Kyle seemed to be
there if you needed something. At the end of the week tipping was handled
like a cruise ship, you had envelopes for the dive crew and staff which
they shared, It was an enjoyable week all around, back to the airport,
don't forget cash, $37.80 to leave, these exit fees keep getting higher and
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