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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Bay Islands

Utila Aggressor: "Roatan Aggressor Nov 2018 rainy season", Nov, 2018,

by Jason Propsner, GA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 10751 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Flew Delta to Roatan direct for 2 hr 40 minutes. This flight only happens on Saturdays from Atlanta in and out of Roatan.

After landing and clearing customs I took a taxi to Romeoís restaurant. The Aggressor in Roatan doesnít offer a pickup like other Aggressor locations. You must pay your own taxi to the boat. The ride was about 20 minutes and was a flat $15 US.

The Aggressor is docked at Romeos and the restaurant held my luggage while I ordered a very good margarita pizza and a coke. I only waited about 40 minutes and the crew motioned for us to board. They handled all our luggage and gave us a huge welcome. We went right to setting up our gear the dive deck.
The deck is large with wide seats for each station. Even the most wide bottomed diver should have enough room. The bench had ample storage under your seat. Fins are stored by the crew all week. The storage bin also has a large basket to help keep all your small things in easy reach. Wetsuits are hung up on a high rail. Most guests canít reach it without climbing on the bench. The crew asked that we let them handle hanging the wetsuits. The deck had a large rinse tank for cameras and a large trash can filled with soapy water for wetsuits but lacked a mask rinse bucket. The crew suggested that people rinse their masks in the wetsuit water. The deck had large comfortable rugs to help with anti-slip. I would recommend other live-aboards learn from this solution. There was two, sometimes warm/hot showers on the dive deck for rinsing. Shampoo was provided.

The fills were 3000 PSI. I used one of only two 100CF tanks onboard. The charge was $100 for the week to rent this larger tank. The boat includes 80CF tanks in the cost of the charter. The Nitrox was averaging 30 percent all week for those that wanted to use it. Nitrox was $100 for the week also.

All diving was done via the mothership. We accessed the dive deck via two narrow stairs with all your gear. The crew would carry tanks for those that needed extra help. Giant stride off the dive deck after the crew put your fins on for us. The dive masters were always on the dive but were clear they donít lead the dives. The Roatan Aggressor has what they call an open dive deck. You can get in the water any time the pool is open. The dive masters would ring a bell when their dives were started but you werenít required to start your dive when they did, even though everyone did. At the end of the dive the DMs would wait in the water at the ladder and remove your fins if you wanted. Very nice offering and showed how this crew constantly went above and beyond the norm.

Diving in the bay islands is good for new divers and easy. We saw lots of seahorses, frog fish, turtles and other typical Caribbean characters. Very good location for macro shooting. We did do one shark dive and had some large gray Caribbean reef sharks show up. That dive was the only ďlive diveĒ we did during the week. The live dive was while the ship was not moored and picked us up in the current after the dive was over. Night dives were offered. We saw octopus, lots of large crabs and other night time Caribbean creatures. The water was a consistent 80-83 degrees Fahrenheit. The visibility was limited this time of year due to the rainy season run off. There are better times of year to dive the bay islands. We went to dive over the Thanksgiving week and sacrificed some visibility due to the time of year. We did get a lot of rain at the beginning of the week, but it cleared up by the end of the week for some days of good sun for those that want to sunbath. The dive deck towels were not washed often and were assigned to each guest throughout the week. The towels were pretty ripe by the end of the week. They should consider washing them more often.

The rooms were small compared to other live-aboards. There is only one drawer split down the middle to share with your roommate. The beds were long enough for tall people, but you had to climb on the lower bunk to get to the upper bunk. The shower in my room had very poor pressure and was mostly cold. Each room had its own AC controls. Some people who were cold natured just shut theirís off while mine was set to a good chill. This is a very nice feature, so everyone could be comfortable. I heard no complaints about the temperatures in the cabin or galley all week. The galley had plenty of seating for meals, but this boat lacks a lounge area for guests in between dives. Most of guest on my trip sat upstairs on the sun deck.

The meals were very good. Breakfast was to order but had a set menu each day. Lunch was usually buffet style and included a desert. Dinner was served by courses and were all very good creations. The chef accommodated no seafood requests, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free guest on our charter. In between dives snacks were sweet in the morning and savory in the afternoon. The food and service were fantastic on the Roatan Aggressor. Jonathan, Jena and the DMs were at every meal to see to anyoneís needs and serve drinks.

On Friday night the crew offered a punch party on the upper deck with awards and time to mingle. Afterwards the guest went to dinner on their own. Our group went to Romeos next to the boat.
Saturday morning, we were asked to be out of the room by 7:45am. The boat had arranged a ride for those going to the airport. $15 US each person for that ride. My fight wasnít until the late afternoon, so I chose to use the Clarion Hotel offer. This was $51 US with tax. It included a ride to and from the resort, breakfast from a set menu and internet included. The breakfast was large and very good. The internet did not work. We did find a nice room at the spa they opened up for us to relax before going to the airport with AC and comfortable couches. Romeos has internet too, next to the boat, so I had plenty of time to catch up, even though the resort internet didnít work at the Clarion.

The airport was packed on Saturday, but we got through customs and security within 20 minutes. The terminal was also packed but there were open seats to wait for our plane. The terminal was air-conditioned and there was free internet. You did have to wait a while for the sign off web page to populate but once you did the internet was pretty good.
Websites Utila Aggressor   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Galapagos, Caribbean, Florida, Truk, Palau.
Closest Airport Roatan Getting There Direct flight from Atlanta to Roatan

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Open deck. Enter the water anytime the pool was open.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The camera table was large but had limited dry shelves. The charging shelf was used for clothes and I always had to dig out my batteries under shirts, shorts and hats stored on same shelf. They had plenty of dry washcloths for drying cases but lacked compressed air on the camera table. The crew would rinse the cameras after the dive and place them on the camera table for each guest.
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