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Dive Review of Utila Lodge in
Honduras/Utila

Utila Lodge, Aug, 2003,

by Michael Holden, MI, USA . Report 689.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fla Keys, Bonaire, Grand Turk, Belize, Great Lakes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 2-3 minute safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments No photo operation as such, a wet box was on board, and the captain handed down the camera, but there was no place to get film developed, no repair facilities. You are on your own. But subject matter abounds.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The accomodations are simple, but there is no view, no beach, no shore diving to speak of (no coral). However, the diving is superb.
Lots of pelagics, great reef fish, lots of juveniles, varying coral structure, sea mounts, etc. The lodge is attached to a diving college and there is a free fish id class given to lodge guests - highly recommended. And then there are the whale sharks!! We only saw one as the beginning of August is only the beginning of the season which peaks in September. Prior to our one shark it had been five weeks since there was a sighting. (dont go in june or july for whale sharks - arent any) Seeing the gray blotch in the ocean resolve itself into a whale shark is an awesome sight! snorkeling with one is even more amazing! Will go back in September for more.
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