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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Utila/Roatan

Utila Aggressor, Mar, 2007,

by David Reubush, VA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 3282.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao, Dominica, Galapagos, Grand Turk, Provo, Red Sea, Roatan, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come back with 500 psi, don't go deeper than recreational limits or limit imposed by the nitrox blend you were diving. The crew recorded depth and time for everyone for every dive. However, nobody on the trip pushed any of the limits.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large camera table and fresh water rinse tank on dive deck. Convenient battery charging station in main salon. Only problem I had was crew was, from time to time, not very attentive and I had to wait to get my camera handed to me.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments My wife and I had not been to Honduras since 1994 and decided to try it again. We should have stayed home. This was perhaps the least satisfying live-aboard we have ever been on. Part of the problem was due to the weather (there had been a big storm the previous week and, as a result, there was lots of silt/sand in the water) and part was due to the crew/boat. For a boat that was "overhauled" (fomer Turks and Caicos Aggressor) and placed back in service in February of 2006 it needed work. The shower head in our cabin and that in at least one other cabin leaked constantly. (The one in the other cabin was so bad it kept the carpet in that cabin wet all week.) In spite of the fact that they leaked, when you wanted to take a shower, almost no water came out. When we got into the cabin on Saturday night I asked a crew member to please have the shower fixed - it never happened. The shower of the folks with the wet carpet finally did not work at all and they threatened to start using the crew shower - theirs finally got fixed. The air conditioning worked too well. It was frigid in our cabin. Instead of having a vent that was adjustable the cabin vents were fixed wide open. The solution was lots of duct tape to close off most of the vent. As for the crew: The cook and her assistant were great. We had really good food all week. The captain appeared to be wedded to a fixed itinerary instead of being flexible and looking for the best visibility. We only moved once because the visibility was too low. There was one afternoon that we did the dive after lunch in very low viz and nobody did the 2nd afternoon dive or the night dive and the captain made no effort to move to find a better place. The divemasters, for the most part, were also not really into guiding dives or looking for stuff for us to see. The beginning of the week the photo guy was swimming around taking everyone's picture for the CD they give you, but after he finished he spent the dives he was in with us doing his own photography thing. The one dive I remember that was led by the captain was the low viz dive and all he did was an out and back. Just not the attentiveness that we experienced on the Belize Aggressor our last trip there. On a positive note, the folks who own the boat also own a resort on Utila and appear to be better than the boat experience would have you expect. Instead of sticking us with the typical Aggressor "Friday night dinner is on your own" they invited the whole boat to the resort for grilled lobster tails. I hope they start taking a more active hand in the boat operations and make it as good as the resort appeared to be. As far as fish life is concerned we did not see a whale shark and almost all the big fish have been caught so all you see are small tropicals.
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