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Dive Review of Utila Lodge in
Honduras/Utila, Bay Islands

Utila Lodge, Feb, 2005,

by Kathy Roberts, FL, USA . Report 1577.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, Grand Turk, Bahamas, east coast of Florida.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions one hour bottom time max, no exceptions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 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 Fresh water rinse tanks on boat, limited dry space for working on camera on boat, if you wanted to do so.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments No whale sharks our week, though they had encountered 13 the week before. No guarantees, obviously. Weather was the main factor for no whale sharks, it was very windy and the seas were very choppy. Reefs were in pretty good shape, healthy corals for the most part, but very few large fish. Critter hunting was fun, though. Lots and lots of blennies, including a quill-fin and yellowfaced pike blenny. Also found a pipe-horse. Avoid Atlantic Airlines at all costs. Despite the resort confirming our departing flight on Saturday AM, Atlantic left us (15 people) waiting on the tarmac on Utila, stating they had no record of our flight. They eventually brought a plane in, and nobody missed their connections, but frustrating nonetheless. I wouldn't recommend Utila just for the diving. Whale sharks are their draw and without seeing any, the week was just so-so.
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