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Dive Review of Deep Blue Utila in

Deep Blue Utila: "Utila has changed a lot--", May, 2014,

by Helena Soler, CA, US ( 2 reports). Report 7842.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments No one told us the owner, Steve, was ill and not in residence for an extended period of time. I think that has had a profound effect on the maintenance of the resort and the organization of the dive operation. We spent a lot of time geared up driving to the town dock for tank exchange, fueling, etc.

Mrs. Fox is working very hard to provide for all the guest needs and was hospitable to the nth degree. What a lovely lady! But she cannot do it all by herself. Her dive instructors help out a lot, but no one seems to be "in charge." Visiting whale shark expert talks were interesting. Food was beautifully presented, but repetitive. The rooms are nicely situated; but, ours was not well maintained or cleaned very well. The dive boat had broken wood parts and metal snags you had to watch for.

The dive masters and instructors did their best to give us a good time in the water and they tried hard to find as many whale sharks as possible. The boat captain took us to unmarked offshore mounts and found whale sharks. The life in the ocean, particularly fish, is getting pretty scarce compared to my visit in 2011. This could be a seasonal issue or just that we did not get much time on the deeper walls.
Websites Deep Blue Utila   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Cayman Islands, California, Florida
Closest Airport Roatan Getting There I would avoid the mainland. Small planes with poor maintenance and violence in the big cities. We went through Roatan and it was fine.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Tank 500. Sometimes time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Dive masters helpful but no photography set up, per se. A cooler for rinsing. Camera tank on dock never filled. Hose and room shower available. Used dresser and bed in room to set up.
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