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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Utila

Utila Aggressor, Feb, 2006,

by Richard Clark, K, USA . Report 2837.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Belize, Bahamas, Fla. Keys, Hawaii, Bonaire, Roatan.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy,cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational diving limits, back on the boat with 500 PSI.
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 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Aggressor fleet always has good camera facilities. This ship was no exception. A large rinse tank dedicated to U/W photo equipment. Large camera table with plenty of lighting and compressed air nozzel. Initially I had trouble finding enough power outlets to charge my strobes. I mentioned it to the Captain and they created a charging station in the salon with several power strips.

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 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Travel to Utila is a little tricky. You fly a major carrier to mainland Honduras or Roatan and take a Sosa or Atlantic Airlines to a small landing strip in Utila. Needless to say, the flight into Utila was "interesting"; they have since changed docking locations to La Ceiba on the mainland of Honduras. This was the maiden voyage for this Aggressor franchise. Small by live-aboard standards this vessel sleeps 14 passengers comfortably. It has all the amenities one expects on a first class live-aboard, great food, in-room shower/head, daily housekeeping service, comfortable salon with books and DVD movies, hot towels and delicious snacks after each dive. The Captain, Eddy Anderson is no newcomer. He was the first mate on the Bay Islands Aggressor for years and knows these waters like the back of his hand. The rest of the staff was first rate but a little nervous, (perhaps it was the first voyage experience or the presence of Allen Conner from the Aggressor Corporate office).
The weather was rough so we didn't get the opportunity to see whale sharks. The diving however was great. The best thing about diving on the Utila Aggressor is the variety. The Utila sites have pristine reefs, abundant fish life and the possibility of seeing whale sharks. The sites in Cayos Cochinos are a macro photographer's dream: lettuce sea slugs, leopard flat worms, Peterson cleaner shrimp, quilfin blennies and blue bell tunicates. The remote location and interesting topography of the Cocos Seamount make it an exciting dive site; or perhaps it was the 30-40 great barracudas, large schools of yellow tail snappers, black durgons and horse-eyed jacks. Roatan has outstanding wall diving. Mary's Place and Connie's Dream are well known for awesome sand chutes and swim-thru cracks that exit onto pristine walls and crystal clear blue water. These sites make me want to carry two cameras. One equipped with wide-angle lens for the wall and the spotted eagle rays another with a macro lens for the two species of pipe fish and the seahorse. If wreck diving is your pleasure there are three nice wrecks within the travels of the Utila Aggressor, the Aguila and the Odyssey on Roatan and the Halliburton on Utila. The night diving was very good as well. We saw octopus every night, toadfish, queen channel crabs and squid. Upon completion of our voyage I ran into Nestor Vidotto formerly of the Bay Island Aggressor and Paradise Island Resort on Roatan. He was joining the UA crew. Nestor is a competent video/photo pro and one of the best critter finders I have ever met. His enthusiasm for diving and knowledge of ocean life is another plus for this operation.
All in all a great live-aboard diving experience and one I highly recommend to photographers.
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