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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in
Honduras/Utila and Roatan

Utila Aggressor, Mar, 2009,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 65 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 4746.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Truk, Kosrae, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, GBR, Fiji, Yap, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 Large camera table and camera rinse tank on board. All diving from mother boat so minimal wear and tear on camera gear.

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 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This 7 day trip consists of 3 1/2 days of diving at Utila and 2 days of diving at Roatan. At Utila, the Aggressor dives both the north and south sides. During the surface interval on the north side, the boat searches for whale sharks. With several dive boats doing the same thing, it can become a bit of a cluster muck, but we did get a couple of close, quick encounters with whale sharks. These are snorkel encounters. For environmental and safety reasons, no SCUBA with whale sharks. We had several lengthy, close encounters with hawksbill turtles. Also some nice encounters with green morays one of which had a juvenile spotted drumfish as a reef mate. A few seahorses and toadfish.

At Roatan, we dived the El Aguila wreck, Mary's Place, Cara a Cara and the west end dive sights. The shark dive at Cara a Cara included many gray reef sharks.

Because of the Aggressor's size it is limited to certain buoys to tie-up. As a result, you don't have the variety of dive sites that the day boats have. We often did 2 dives at the same site.

I dived both Utila and Roatan in 2005 and it appeared to me that the reef marine life has been depleted since then. There are very few restrictions on fishing and there has been substantial development -- especially on Roatan.

The Utila Aggressor is a good operation with a very friendly, helpful crew. The food was excellent especially Marna's Key Lime pie. The dining area can get a bit congested at meal time with the buffet counter in a corner. Some the cabins (like mine) are a bit cramped for 2 people. This vessel is to be replaced with a new boat in the next few months so some stuff needing repair was left unattended -- hot tub, ice machine, missing dive ladder. The new is supposed to be bigger and better.
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