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Dive Review of deep Blue, in
Honduras/utila, roatan (westside)

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by bill mashek, ca, sonoma
Report Number 1762
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
caribean, mexico, east and west, all over california, san juan islands b.c.
and washington state, thailand, central america, florida.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The person that owns the cinema in Utila, made an underwater movie while
diving with deep blue. He got some great whale shark pictures.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was my third trip to Utila--I really love this place, but it is not
for everyone.  Utila is the smallest of 3 islands It can be reached by
ferry or air transport from La Ceiba.  You can also fly to San Pedro Sula. 
I combined diving with Spanish school through Central American Spanish
School.  They also have a school on Roatan, La Cieba, and Copan.  Spending
4-6 hours per day diving and 4 hours per day in class kept me out of
trouble during my stay.
This time I dived with Deep Blue.  These folks were great.  Small groups,
mellow and extremely competant instructors as dive guides. 
Some of the sites we dived were spotted bay, west end CJs Drop off,
Blackfish Point, Joshuas Swash, Great Wall, Black Bird Point and Black
Hills.  The North side is interesting diving but not any better than the
south side.  The visibility ranged from 60 to 100ft.  Depths were 40 
90ft.   Most dives are wall dives except for Black Hills which is an
incredible sea mount. Corals and sea life are prolific in Utila.  We saw,
lobsters, big crabs, mature Spotted Drum, Blow Fish, Puffer Fish, Porcupine
fish, Burr Fish, Frog Fish, lots of Jacks, Stone fish several turtles,
several moreys, eagle rays, lots of interesting corals including sea fans
and barrel sponges.  All the dives were excellent.  Three out of 5 days of
diving Utila we dove with Whale Sharks.  Utila is the only dive destination
I know of, where you can just about be guaranteed a Whale Shark episode
between mid February to April.  
I would highly recommend Deep Blue


Roatan and Utila are only a few miles apart geographically but a world of
difference.   The diving is similar but everything else is different.   
Lots of Americans on Roatan,  the cruise ships come here 2 times per week
and everything gets a little crazy during that time.   Lodging, food,
diving are all more expensive, yet not any better than Utila.  Certain
people are attracted to Roatan and others to Utila.  I am with Utila. 
There is a lot of development on Roatan and property values have


I had been in contact and reserved my diving  with Sureno del Mar  but when
I arrived, they said they had no opening for me.  Subsequently, I found
Coconut Tree Divers.  They were very accommodating.  All and all, Roatan
was OK, I will probably never go there again.  However,  I would recommend
staying at an all inclusive such as Coco View Resort, Anthonys Key, etc.  
Roatan has a great airport.  I flew directly from Roatan to San Pedro Sula,
and finely home. 

For all the info you need about utila and links to rafting (1/2 hour from
la cieba is great rafting and kayaking--class III-V) see:
[ link]  

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