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Dive Review of Utila Lodge in

Utila Lodge: "Great Resort and Dive Operation; Fair Diving Due to Bleaching/Rain", Nov, 2023,

by Rik Pavlescak, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 12756.

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anenome bleaching sea fan bleached
Juvenile blue tang Nudibranchs
View from room balcony

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments While the diving in Utila was disappointing, I was impressed with the service provided by Utila Lodge Resort.

Arrangements: A group of four of us booked through Maduro Dive Travel. Initially, two of us had planned to do this trip in 2020. It kept being pushed off due to COVID and we picked up two more people to join us by the time we were actually able to take the trip in November 2023.

Getting there: I flew from Miami to San Pedro Sula in Honduras on American Airlines and then to Utila on CM Air. CM Air is a small, regional airline that changed the flight times/itinerary numerous times on both our departure and arrival. They meticulously weigh each bag and charged for excess weight (anything over 35 pounds). You have the option to prepay for an additional bag, giving you 70 pounds total. Once we arrived at the Utila airport (one runway, everything outdoors--no building open) we were greeted by a representative of the resort who had directed our baggage to a pick-up truck, and instructed the 4 of us to pile into a single tuk-tuk. One sat up front with the driver, and three others squashed into the backseat—one partially hanging off the edge. After an interesting ride to the lodge, we disembarked and were led into the main dining area/bar for a welcome drink and briefing.

We were asked to complete paperwork, including a form asking what time we’d like to have coffee or tea brought to our room each morning as a “wake-up” call. We also were asked to list our C-Card numbers, insurance numbers, dive experience, etc.

We were given a great briefing of the daily flow. Breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch upon returning from morning dives, and dinner at 6 p.m. All meals take place in the main lodge which also serves as a restaurant for general public and has several popular “nights” such as wing night, taco night, barbecue night, etc. A table was always reserved ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Utila Lodge   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Costa Brava, Roatan, Key West, Cozumel, Key Largo, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Philippines, Bali, North Sulawesi, St. John, St. Croix, Curacao, St. Eustatius, Fiji, Komodo, Lembeh, Belize, Utila
Closest Airport Utila Getting There American Airlines from Miami to San Pedro Sula, Honduras; then CM Air to Utila.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 85-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions One hour dive time; on drift dives dive with group
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Tank on boat reserved for cameras; no camera table. Tank outside of gear room reserved for cameras. No ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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