About Scuba Diving Utila
When scuba diving Utila you can explore the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is the second largest in the world (the largest being the Australian Great Barrier Reef).
Because diving in Utila is never crowded, it is a perfect spot for beginners who want to take it slow and really learn the ropes. But it is also a perfect location for experienced divers who want to go down deep and really take a look around at the vast number of species who call these waters home.
When is the best time to go scuba diving Utila?
Scuba Diving Utila can be done year round. May through September are the months with the highest humidity levels, though you can expect humidity and heat all year long.
Average temperatures are typically around 29 degrees Celsius, or 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season usually occurs between October and January.
With lots of sunshine and little rain in the summer season, you should expect an occasional downpour here and there, but nothing to be too concerned about.
The water temperatures throughout the year average about 27-31 degrees Celsius, or 81-88 degrees Fahrenheit, making this a perfect location for water activities, including scuba diving, all year round.
Must see dive sites when scuba diving Utila:
- Black Coral Wall – Named for the black coral that grows at this dive site, this is a great place to go diving at night and catch the nocturnal marine life, such as octopuses, in action.
- CJ’s Drop Off – Here you can watch out for nurse sharks, large pelagics, and nudibranchs, in addition to the large coral growing on the seemingly endless wall.
- Maze – At this site, you can encounter turtles, rays, eels, and nurse sharks.
- The Halliburton – This dive site features a sunken ship that is now home to large fish.
- Maze West and Willy’s Hole – In addition to immense amounts of coral life, you will enter a cavern and be surrounded by schools of fish and macro creatures, so this is also a great dive for photographers.
- Stingray Point – This site is ideal for divers of all levels, from beginners to advanced divers, and you will see colorful coral, including Pillar Coral here.
- Labyrinth – Named for its many channels that give this reef a maze-like appearance, you can see turtles and nurse sharks feeding along this dive site.
- Black Hills – This site has a spectacular seamount that is home to myriad fish and coral species that will take your breath away.
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Marine Life Found in Utila
One of the most magnificent creatures to grace the waters of Utila is the whale shark, which divers regularly encounter. This shark, which is the world’s largest fish, is harmless and truly a sight to behold.
Other marine life includes a variety of hard and soft corals, sea fans, tropical fish both large and small including spotted trunkfish, porcupine fish, and angelfish, in addition to lobsters, shrimp, seahorses, and sponges.
You can also expect to see a variety of rays, including the yellow stingray and spotted eagle ray. Two species of dolphins, the spinner and bottlenose, are encountered in Utila, too, as are sea turtles.
About 18 miles from the Honduras mainland lies the island paradise, Utila which is part of the Bay Islands of Honduras. This small island of Utila is blessed with coral reefs surrounding it, along with all the incredibly unique marine life that goes along with them.
Because it is a small island that does not get filled with tourists like other scuba destinations, you can expect great conditions for enjoying the beaches and water, and it is also an inexpensive destination for scuba diving.
Most people visit Utila to escape for a while and bask in the sunshine and warm tropical breezes. Friendly locals are accommodating and helpful, and you can take it slow for a while during your stay.
How to Get to Utila?
You can get to Utila after landing in Honduras first. A ferry called the Utila Princess runs twice a day between the mainland port of La Ceiba and the Municipal Dock at Utila, which lands you in the centre of town.
Or you can choose to take the ferry between Utila and Roatan, another Bay Island. The island of Utila also has a small airport that takes flights on a regular basis from other local airports.
Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.
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