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Dive Review of Utila Lodge in
Honduras/Utila

Utila Lodge, Oct, 2002,

by Bill and Karen Cousins, VA, USA . Report 244.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Roatan, St. Martin, Florida springs, North Carolina wrecks, Fiji (Nai'a), Cocos Island (UnderseaHunter)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments The best parts of this trip were getting away from our intense jobs for a week, water warm enough to dive with only a microprene vest, two frogfish and one seahorse, and finding a beautiful-and-empty cowrie shell. The distressing parts will take a little longer to recount. The two American Airlines flights to Miami and San Pedro Sula were roomy and pleasant. No food though -- eat in the airports. Also, we were missing a bag by the time we arrived San Pedro Sula. It took two more flights to get from mainland Honduras to Utila -- no air conditioning aboard. Utila is unattractive, rundown, and poverty-stricken. Utila Lodge was clean, and very rustic. The staff was pleasant and courteous, and we appreciated their efforts. Showering was a daily challenge due to low water pressure and unreliable water temperatures. The food was hearty and tasty. No-see-ums and mosquitoes were bad, even in the dining room. Our group of 14 experienced divers had one DM, who was adequate. Nitrox was $6/tank; our fills were rarely more than 2900. The diving (17 dives), sadly, was mediocre and uninteresting. Reef destruction was shocking ... coral rubble everywhere. Soft corals were healthier, but not pretty. We saw skimpy numbers of fish ... tangs, parrotfish and an occasional queen trigger, a couple groups of nice yellowtail snapper, 1 or 2 big Nassau grouper, 2 morays, 2 scrawled file fish. There were no big boys ... sharks, mantas, whalesharks, but we did have dolphins twice surfing the bow of the boat as we returned to shore. One dive blended into the other with nothing outstanding to record in our logs. Utila Lodge is located in a cluttered, congested area of the town along a bay with several bars nearby, playing raucous music until the wee hours. We could hear the beat and words to the songs even over the drone of the AC. One night, at the bar Coco Loco, a fellow diver suggested we check out the restroom. Lifting the commode lid, one finds the ocean below. This is not a lovely, tropical island. Would we return to Utila? No. Would we recommend it to others? No.
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