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Bay Island Aggressor
To enjoy the Bay Islands by liveaboard, you might want to opt for a weeks on the Bay Island Agressor. They also have an excellent page with all the dive sites in the area. more...
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Our Diver's Tale this month... Utilla, Bay Islands
Relazing atmosphere on Utilla. Utila is the smallest of the three major Bay Islands, located off the north coast of Honduras, in the heart of Central America. Utilla is part of the islands that are the above-water manifestations of the Bonacca Ridge which forms the edge of the Honduran continental shelf and parallels a deep ocean trench, creating an exhilarating section of the Great Western Barrier Reef.
This English-speaking, Caribbean island has a reputation for being very friendly and very laid back. With its population of a 1000 people, it is no way near as developed as its neighbour Roatan while it still has access to all the great dive sites surounding the islands.
Apart from diving there isn't much to do but lay on the beach or hire a motorbike and explore the island. There is one little shop in town, which get the supplies on Tuesday morning. You will notice that many things will allready be gone on Wednesday, because the people are hoarding a lot. When there is no food, you can always pick some coconuts from the trees.
Utilla, a little island west of Roatan off the coast of Honduras
We went with Utilla Lodge.
Water temperatures vary from 77 degrees F to 82 degrees F throughout the year. Visibility ranges from 65 to 110 feet. In the winter, northers can blow down and disrupt the diving. The rainy season starts in October or November and runs into February, but it doesn't usually affect visibility that much. The hottest months are March and August.
Continental, Taca, Lacsa, and American Airlines all fly direct to Roatan from US destinations such as Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, New York, and Miami. From there Utilla is only a small boat ride away.
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