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Dive Review of Utopia in
Honduras/Utilia

Utopia, Apr, 2011,

by Ernie Plourde, CT, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 6040.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Curacao, Bonaire, Chuuk(Truk Lagoon) St.Lucia, Cozumel, Fiji, Thaiti, Belize, Hawaii, Maldives, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions In general, if you had a computer, you could dive your own profile. They asked that you limit dive time to one hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments There were no formal rinse tanks per say on board but they tried by providing empty coolers filed with fresh water, this did the trick for the most part. On land every one simply took their cameras to their rooms to charge batteries etc.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Coming from New England,it was a long travel day.We left Bradlee at 6:05 AM and arrived in Roatan at 9:47 AM their time there was a $2.00 entry fee, no day light savings time. From Roatan we took a small island hopper to Utila, took 12 minutes.In Utila we were picked up by a van and driven 10 minutes to a waiting boat transport which turned out to be our dive boat. The boat ride lasted 15 to 20 minutes and we arrived at Utopia Village. All of our gear was carried by staff, we just walked down the beach to the resort. Once registered, which went smooth and quick, we checked out our rooms which were spacious and comfortable,with no TV and good air conditing. One oddity here is we were told not to put toilet paper in the toilet and that only bothers Americans. You were to put dirty paper in a waste container that was changed daily. You were not to drink the water and clean drinking water was provided. Just a about every one had a stomach issue by weeks end, I suspect it may have been from the rinse tank they rinsed our gear in,I would suggest you take your reg. back to your room and rinse it was clean water.We all geared up for a check out dive on the house reef. The walk out was tricky as their was no cut out, so you had to walk over coral. On later shore dives we walked back to the pier we arrived at and did a giant stride off the end and came back using a ladder on the side. The dive boat was big enough to accomadate 16-18 divers and their cameras, the group I dive with all have very large housings,but managed.There was no head, we had 16 divers in our group, no diver gets left behind. Nitrox was available at $12 per fill, most passed as many resorts today include Nitrox free as a diver attraction, I used the Nitrox on Wednsday to beat any fatigue due to mid-week energy let down.The reefs were pretty lively with all the usual inhabitants and several lion fish, they are starting to take over the reefs. Most operations just leave them alone and act like they are an attraction for divers,mistake. Only in Cozumel,did I see dive guides kill the lion fish, then fileted it and fed it to a moray,we need to have more of this.There were huge green moreys and my favorite, spotted eagle rays. One of my dive buddies, Pete shot some awesome footage of one as the ray turned and came back and only Peter saw him, one diver,one fish, ideal!There were lots of lobsters, blue tunicates,sea horses,turtles,squid and many angels, grey, french and queen.The dive guides were fairly knowledgable and friendly and very attentive,whatever they could do to help you,if needed.Most days we did 3 boat dives and you could use the house reef all you wanted. We did a night dive and there were spanish lobsters and octopus. All things considered the diving was fun. On shore the food was good, at breakfast, usually scrambled eggs, bacon,pan cakes etc, they would take our lunch and dinner orders, you had two choices. It was a cash bar, kind of pricey, a 4 to 6 oz. glass of red wine,$7.50, a shot of liquir, $7.00, beer $3.75, I think you get the idea. The no seeums were present as were sand flees, bring bug spray.Coffee was ready by 6:AM everyday for early risers and the 2 owners, Debby and Kyle seemed to be there if you needed something. At the end of the week tipping was handled like a cruise ship, you had envelopes for the dive crew and staff which they shared, It was an enjoyable week all around, back to the airport, don't forget cash, $37.80 to leave, these exit fees keep getting higher and higher.
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