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Dive Review of Utopia Village in
Honduras/Utilia

Utopia Village: "Dive vacation heaven", Sep, 2017,

by Elizabeth Hilla, VA, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9799 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We just spent a perfect week at Utopia Village. It's a small resort that caters to divers. It has the away-from-it-all feel of a remote, rustic resort -- but the service and amenities are upscale. The resort has a full-time staff of 30 people. We were there in the low season (September) and there were just 10 guests so it really did feel intimate.

The diving was terrific and our divemaster, Chris, was amazing. They offer "valet diving" which means that the dive staff takes care of everything so the divers can just report to the boat each day and go have fun.

We dived five days, three dives a day, including one night dive. We saw eagle rays, morays, turtles, sharks, sting rays, lobsters, various crabs, and the usual variety of Caribbean fish. The corals are in good shape and varied. We saw all kinds of small creatures which Chris was excellent at pointing out and identifying. The last dive day was a lionfish hunt, and a green moray came out to munch down one of the lionfish that had been killed.

In addition to the guided dives, shore diving is available any time and is just as good as the boat diving. We did our night dive as a shore dive and it was terrific -- many lobsters, a green moray, lots of shrimp, various worms, and an octopus slowing sliding into his hole.

The location is known for dolphins and whale sharks, and the boat captain and divemaster were always on the lookout. We were fortunate to find a pod of dolphins and get to snorkel with them for about 15 minutes. Unfortunately, the whale sharks didn't make an appearance for us, but they've been seen off Utila in every month of the year.

The accommodations are terrific and the food is even better -- always at least two choices of entrees with options such as snapper, seafood pasta, steak, and lobster. The resort staff were the best ever. Every meal was a work of art, with new table decorations and often a new location: on the beach, in the pool, or out on the dock.

The owners bought the resort three years ago and are dedicated to making a positive contribution to both Utila and the tiny neighboring island, Pigeon Cay. They employ local people, support the small school on Pigeon Cay, and promote recycling and conservation.
Websites Utopia Village   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize, Curacao, Cozumel, Saba, Nevis, Costa Rica, Bonaire, Florida, Bahamas, South Caicos, North Caicos, Roatan
Closest Airport Utila Getting There We flew to Roatan and then Island Air to Utila; there are other routes too.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational diving limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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 We are not photographers, but the dive operation seemed well-equipped for those who were.
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