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Dive Review of Utila Lodge in
Honduras/Utila

Utila Lodge, May, 2005,

by Sheri Ray, TX, USA (Contributor Contributor 12 reports). Report 1899.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Saba, Cozumel, Turks Caicos, St. Maarten
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Most dives were 60 minutes, could dive own profile
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Provided separate tank for cameras

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was our third trip to Utila, staying at the Utila Lodge Resort. The lodge, attention to detail by the owners and staff is impeccable. Truely a place to get away. Screened in porches with hammocks in all rooms (8 rooms). Built over the water and we had constant breeze so no problem with no-seums or other bugs. Food was great. Willie, boat captain was great as always. Dive Master takes care of all gear for the week after initial set up. The previous two years, (both trips taken in May) we had the priviledge of snorkeling with whale sharks. This year, the water was too choppy to find them. Although the coral was in great shape, I found fewer fish this year. Some of the islander's make their living fishing, and it shows. They've fished out all the sharks. Saw many queen angels though, and some of all the usual Caribbean fish...just fewer of them. Plentiful macro stuff. Vis was always good. All of the dive operations on the island are trying to help the islanders understand that overfishing will hurt their economy, but meanwhile, the fishing continues. For the price of an all-inclusive, including 17 dives, it's a great deal. They have Nitrox and you can dive all 17 dives for flat rate of $100. I would probably go back, but I'll skip a few years.
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