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Dive Review of Utila Aggressor in

Utila Aggressor, Aug, 2006,

by Wayne McNab, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 2858.

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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 N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Although getting to the Utila Aggressor isn't too difficult, it could be better. We landed in San Pedro Sula and waited in the airport nearly three hours for another passenger to arrive before we took the 2.5 hour ride to La Ceiba where the boat docks. They started photographing and fingerprinting everyone at immigration so it really slowed things down. I prefered the logistics of the old Bay Islands Aggressor which docked in Roatan, a mere 30 minute drive from the airport. But you can't have everything!
The cabins were nice and clean, though somewhat small for my taste. It appeared the starboard cabins were 1 foot wider than the port cabins. Typical cabins with a twin bunk on bottom and a single on top. Get there first and grab the bottom bunk. I though I had it made, but my 83 year old roommate couldn't get into the top bunk. That's right, 83, and he dove too!
And be careful in the cabin heads, more than one person bumped into the shower valve and got soaked after using the facilites. Not too bad unless it's the last day and you're ready for the bus to the airport! Guilty as charged. There is a nice head on the dive deck as well.
The first morning we took the 2-3 hour trip to Cayos Cochinos where we did all our dives that day. These were my least favorite dives of the trip, though we did see an Eagle Ray on the very first dive! I had dove there 4 years ago and remembered the dives as being better, or maybe we were at a slightly different spot this time?
The second day we did our morning dives at Coco's Seamount. We saw two Morays, a toadfish, a stingray, and numerous baracuda just to name a few. As we headed over to Roatan for the afternoon dives, the wind and seas picked up, so we ended up on the west side of the Island. There we dove Nitrox alley and Taviana's wall.
On Tuesday morning we dove the wreck of the Aguila, my favorite dive of the trip. Nestor spent 10 minutes playing with the resident green Moray who swam out to meet us and was obviously used to divers. The next dive was the wreck of the Odyssey, not as much fun as the Aguila, but a nice wreck anyway. Our afternoon dives were at the Dolphin Caves. Not many critters there, but very nice swim thoughs. It reminded me of the caverns at Shark's Cove on the North Shore of Oahu.
On Wednesday we were off to Utila for the rest of the trip. We did two dives at Blackish point and the rest in the Marine Reserve. We saw the usual group of tropicals, sponges, and a Hawksbill turtle.
Thursday we had the flatest seas of the trip so after we did two dives at Old House we spent an hour or so looking for Whale Sharks but had no luck. Too late in the summer I expect. At Old House besides the usual lot of tropicals, we found a free swimming Spotted Moray. I followed him around for over 10 minutes! The afternoon dives were at Black Hills Sea Mount. This is a really nice spot which we all enjoyed. Here we found a Green Moray, Hawksbill Turtle, lobster, crab, and an assortment of Jacks & Snappers. The big fish like to hang out on the 'windward' side of the mount, and there were lots of them!
Friday came too soon. Our last two dives were on the East side of Utila at Ted's Point. On the first dive we checked out a little wreck and then Nestor came though and found us a beautiful little Sea Horse! It wasn't an inch long, so it took us 30 minutes to re-find him on the last dive!
The dinner Friday night in Utila was pretty good. I can't remember the name of the restaurant, something to do with a Pirate, but I'm sure it's the usual place to go. I had a steak dinner and reasonable margarita for $10. When we returned to the boat, there were three small Eagle Rays swimming in along side the boat at the dock. They kept it up for 30 minutes, and it was so cool! We left early the next morning for the return trip to La Ceiba.
The crew was great. Capt. Jay (from the Belize Aggressor), Shara, Nestor, Shane, and Marna. They all worked their butts off, from finding lots of critters to cooking us great meals.
I've been on enough liveaboards to notice that the crew often slacks off as the week progresses. These folks didn't. They worked just as hard the last day as they did the first.
Go there, you'll enjoy it.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Hawaii, Cayman, Belize, Flower Gardens, Bahamas, Cozumel, Gulf Rigs
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84-84°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with a buddy.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
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 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Digital only, no film. Nice clean table. Ability to check your shots on ships pc.
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