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Dive Review of Utila Lodge in

Utila Lodge: "Excellent diving on the north shore", Nov, 2021,

by James Burns, FL, US ( 1 report). Report 11762.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The resort really did look like the pictures. It was nothing fancy but rooms were on a dock above the water. All rooms had a screened lanai with a table, two chairs, and a hammock. The best part of the resort was the staff. All the staff were great but the owner, Rebecca, was exceptional. She was very hands on and went out of her way to make sure everyone was happy. The dive boat and crew were good. Of note, there was no Marine head. The boat had fresh water and crew offered snacks between dives. We typically did two morning dives and one afternoon dive. The dives were good but the visibility was not great (20-50 feet) which may have been due to the time of year. Diving on the north shore was exceptional with CJ’s Drop Off being the stand out. Unfortunately, due to weather conditions we were only able to dive the north shore on the last day of the trip. Overall, the reefs were very nice. However, some of the reefs seem to have about 30% coral bleaching with others still having some large health brain corals. That said, some in our group said the reefs were the best they had seen in the Caribbean. To me, I thought some of the reefs were beautiful but still felt Bonaire was better overall. Some reefs had a lot of fish and I saw more decent sized parrot fish than I expected. Other reefs had less fish. Regarding getting to Utila, there were issues getting everyone’s dive gear there due to weight limits on the local, puddle jumper flight. Most of our dive group did not get their gear until the next day. If I went back, I would consider a direct flight into Roatan followed by a ferry ride to Utila.
Websites Utila Lodge   [same]

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Bermuda, Bahamas, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Roatan, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Thailand
Closest Airport Utila Getting There Miami to San Pedro Sulu to Utila

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 0ne hour bottom time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Two camera buckets on the boat.
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