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Dive Review of Utila Lodge in

Utila Lodge: "Quaint but aged", Sep, 2015,

by Gary, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8495.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The resort is somewhat "aged", with little to no upgrades noticeable within the last 10-15 years. Only needed repairs seem to be the norm.
Very little space to hang anything in the rooms. Beds have very old mattresses which are a little lumpy and uncomfortable. Bathroom was nice with double sinks.
The air conditioning in the rooms will not keep up. By 5pm, the room temperature was down to at 80°F, by morning the room temperature is down to 75°F. I personally need cooler temps to sleep. During the day, they request you turn the AC off to conserve energy (nice green imitative), but this allows the rooms to reach above 90°F during the day.
Tap water is not drinkable. Drinking water is available in a cooler in the main building.
Food was all served buffet style, with limited portions. Food would get 3 stars at best. For breakfast, one can order eggs cooked any style which is nice.
Diving operations was very accommodating, knowledgeable, with nice boats and great DM's. Nitrox was $125 per week, with no "al a carte" Nitrox available.
The main lodge is all open air, and it can get rather stuffy in the afternoons and evenings.

Websites Utila Lodge   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Belize, Curacao, Bonaire Cayman Isl, Saba, St Lucia, Solomon Isl, Hawaii, Harbour Island Bahamas, Roatan, Florida Keys, Western Australia, BVI's, USVI's, Alaska, Vancouver, Channel Isl, Morehead City NJ,
Closest Airport Golosón International Airport, Utila Getting There Houston Texas (overnight) to San Pedro Sula Honduras to Utila.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-90 Ft/ 12-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No option to dive you own profile. Had to stay with the group. Limited to 60 minutes max dive time regardless of remaining NDL or air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Good amount of small critters on most of the dives. One diver friendly Nurse Shark on the West End dive sites which comes within 2 feet of the dive. Makes for some nice close-ups. No camera bench on the boat, no camera facilities on shore.
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