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Dive Review of deep Blue, in
Honduras/utila, roatan (westside)

deep Blue,, Aug, 2004,

by bill mashek, ca, sonoma . Report 1762.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving caribean, mexico, east and west, all over california, san juan islands b.c. and washington state, thailand, central america, florida.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 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 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The person that owns the cinema in Utila, made an underwater movie while diving with deep blue. He got some great whale shark pictures.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None
This was my third trip to Utila--I really love this place, but it is not for everyone. Utila is the smallest of 3 islands It can be reached by ferry or air transport from La Ceiba. You can also fly to San Pedro Sula. I combined diving with Spanish school through Central American Spanish School. They also have a school on Roatan, La Cieba, and Copan. Spending 4-6 hours per day diving and 4 hours per day in class kept me out of trouble during my stay.
This time I dived with Deep Blue. These folks were great. Small groups, mellow and extremely competant instructors as dive guides.
Some of the sites we dived were spotted bay, west end CJs Drop off, Blackfish Point, Joshuas Swash, Great Wall, Black Bird Point and Black Hills. The North side is interesting diving but not any better than the south side. The visibility ranged from 60 to 100ft. Depths were 40 90ft. Most dives are wall dives except for Black Hills which is an incredible sea mount. Corals and sea life are prolific in Utila. We saw, lobsters, big crabs, mature Spotted Drum, Blow Fish, Puffer Fish, Porcupine fish, Burr Fish, Frog Fish, lots of Jacks, Stone fish several turtles, several moreys, eagle rays, lots of interesting corals including sea fans and barrel sponges. All the dives were excellent. Three out of 5 days of diving Utila we dove with Whale Sharks. Utila is the only dive destination I know of, where you can just about be guaranteed a Whale Shark episode between mid February to April.
I would highly recommend Deep Blue

Roatan:

Roatan and Utila are only a few miles apart geographically but a world of difference. The diving is similar but everything else is different. Lots of Americans on Roatan, the cruise ships come here 2 times per week and everything gets a little crazy during that time. Lodging, food, diving are all more expensive, yet not any better than Utila. Certain people are attracted to Roatan and others to Utila. I am with Utila. There is a lot of development on Roatan and property values have skyrocketed.

Diving

I had been in contact and reserved my diving with Sureno del Mar but when I arrived, they said they had no opening for me. Subsequently, I found Coconut Tree Divers. They were very accommodating. All and all, Roatan was OK, I will probably never go there again. However, I would recommend staying at an all inclusive such as Coco View Resort, Anthonys Key, etc. Roatan has a great airport. I flew directly from Roatan to San Pedro Sula, and finely home.

For all the info you need about utila and links to rafting (1/2 hour from la cieba is great rafting and kayaking--class III-V) see:
[aboututila.com link]



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