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Dive Review of U Dive/Utopia Dive Resort in

U Dive/Utopia Dive Resort, Dec, 2012,

by Bonnie MacKenzie, BC, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 6847.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments To begin, let me say that we had an absolutely fantastic time at Utopia Village and U Dive. Our party of four arrived on Dec 22 to find that we had the entire resort and dive boat to ourselves for the first 2 or 3 days not a bad start! All the staff were very friendly and helpful, and we got to know them fairly well over the course of the week. Thanks Debbie, Chef Paul, Autumn, and Josue (Josh), and Bogden for taking such good care of us and making us laugh.

We learned that Utopia Village is a high end resort compared to most other options on the island, but remember that you are in a reasonably remote part of a third world country. This means that the power will go out, you will put toilet paper in the garbage can, you can not drink out of the tap, and if you forget to pack something, (like bug spray!) there is no 7-11 across the street. That said, the accommodations and resort were very nice and the food was very good. It is a beautiful beach-front location. Our respect for Chef Paul and the owners increased throughout the week as we learned more and more about the challenges they face with respect to sourcing fresh food items and pretty much everything else. Although several guests were non-divers, Id think twice about booking here is youre not a scuba diver due to the remote location

Our diving experience was also excellent. They have full valet service so you never have to set up or clean your own gear (unless you choose to do extra shore diving on your own). Bodgen was our divemaster/instructor for the entire week. Weve dove with lots of different dive leaders over the years, and Bogden has a balance that I like and respect. Hes fun and good natured, but is by-the-book in terms of good dive practices and safety. I appreciated when he spoke to a photographer who was paying more attention to his photos than his buoyancy, and hauled him out of the coral when necessary. He later did a short demo on how to backpedal out of the coral to avoid damage. He loves to dive, and we had many fish ID discussions after the dives were over. The resort and dive company are very integrated, so he is on site and easy to track down if you needed to discuss something. We also appreciate the guys behind the scenes that were hauling our gear and tanks around and dealing with the boat.

The diving was excellent. No whale shark sitings, but we didnt really expect to see any in December. Lots of fish, including some highlights for me like a feeding octopus, several seahorses, free-swimming moray eel. Lots of reef fish and coral. The dive sites were only a short boat ride away from the resort. The house reef is easily accessible (on calm days), and was thoroughly enjoyed by snorklers and divers alike. Two boat dives are included per day, and afternoon shore diving is optional. We did one night dive.

Dont forget your bug spray you will need it for the sand fleas.

Lastly, ask Josue to make you a Monkey La La you wont regret it!
Websites U Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Saba, St Kitts, Turks and Caicos, Kauai, Kona, Maui, BC, Costa Rica, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 60 feet max for OW, start ascent at 750 psi, on boat with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat had camera bucket.
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