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Dive Review of Deep Blue Utila in

Deep Blue Utila, Aug, 2007,

by Chip Clay, TN, USA ( 1 report). Report 3670.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments If you want to see whale sharks, this is the operation; they will put you in the right place. Literally one of the two people in the world to verify whale shark sitings is one of the owners. Unlike many other islands (including Roatan) Utila is small enough that you can easily cover ALL of the dive sites around the island and Deep Blue hits all of them. 3 boat dives every day, usually one on each side. Unlimited shore diving isn't just an ad, they have a prime reef right in front of the resort. Realize that Utila is known as one of the cheapest places in the world to get a certification, even through Instructor. Deep Blue has a dive school like all of the other operations if this is your focus, but if you just want to relax and dive, the resort is separate. At the resort, no training briefs and students, all diving. You can do specialties, but not to the detriment of others. Resort is not in the town so it has greater security. With 10 total private rooms with A/C, you are recognized as a person and your needs and desires are heard and respected. Nitrox available by dive or by week. Wonderful owners and staff. Provide snacks on boat, 1 hr surface intervals. Good corals, smaller fish, etc., limited larger fish/deep pelagics on this trip. Awesome experience to swim with a whale shark, then go back to the resort for tuna sashimi from the tuna boil over the whale shark.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving US east and west coast, inland, carribean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Treated as advanced adult Nitrox diver with a computer- allowed to dive my own profile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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