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Dive Review of utopia dive/utopia village in

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by W Glen Kitchens, NM, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6050
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
numerous locations in carribean & pacific;
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits;  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
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  
4 stars  
boat crew was helpful & cautious w/ UW equipment;
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
The 737 stops at Roatan & so do most of the divers. From here it's a
puddlejumper for the 20-minute flight to Utila at Sandy Bay. Here you board
a boat for the 15-minute ride to Utopia's dock. Boats are the only means of
transportation to the resort.

Utopia Village overlooks the ocean from the southwest part of the island.
On a clear day the mountains on the mainland of Honduras stand out to the
west. Utila is about 17 miles from the port city of La Ceiba on the
Honduran coast. Prevailing westerly winds blow most of the time, which tend
to keep the sand flies (no-see-ums) at bay. However when the wind stops
they come out in force, so bring plenty of repellent. The oceanfront is a
very nice white sand beach but the entry to the water is rather rocky w/
rough coral so footwear is a must for safety. Guided night dives take place
from the beach.

The rooms are large & well-furnished w/ air conditioning. Like most
islands fresh water is precious, so conservation is the norm w/ most of the
fresh water being collected in cisterns from the periodic rainfall. The
food is varied & very good & the Salva Vida is always cold at the
oceanfront bar.

The managing owners (American) live on-site & pitch in w/ the staff to
be sure the guests have a pleasant visit. The diveboat staff & the
divemasters are very professional & attentive to all divers, regardless
of experience level. The boat carries a separate fresh water container for
UW cameras.

Aside from the seclusion, a good reason to visit Utila is for the
opportunity to see & swim w/ whale sharks. My group did not get lucky
on this trip, but did on a previous trip. Otherwise the diving is typical
of the Bay Islands w/ little current, warm water & plenty of smaller
reef fish & healthy coral. Did not see any large fish. Just pleasant,
easy diving. The staff will also set up fishing charters for anyone
interested in trying their hand at bonefish.

The resort is small enough that the owners know everyone by name after the
first day or so. Free wi-fi is also available. My group's biggest bill at
the end of our visit was for the bar (not unusual for us) & there's not
much else to spend money on at the resort.

To do a little shopping or just to wander the streets w/ the expats &
locals it's worth a boat ride back to Sandy Bay to spend a day & take
in the sights & sounds. Mexico's Yucatan still seems the least
expensive travel location from the U.S. but this visit to Utila was a nice
change for a very reasonable price.
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