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“Fun Time” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Deep Blue Resort Utila

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Deep Blue Resort Utila
Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Utila
Lake Arrowhead, California
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75 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fun Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

Deep Blue is a resort that is only accessible by boat so it is much quieter than any resort located in the village. Our room was clean and comfortable, although the water pressure was poor if someone in the other rooms was taking a shower at the same time, but this is what you get given the remote location. The resort itself is quite pretty and well maintained.

All of the staff were exteremely helpful and accomodating from divemasters to culinary preparation. Food was quite good.

The dive sites were varied with diverse flora and fauna. Don't plan on seeing a lot of big fish as this is not what Utila has (other than the elusive whale sharks).

We were fortunate enough to see the whale sharks on our last day after our diving was supposed to be complete.The staff went above and beyond after a fisherman reported a whale shark sighting (none had been seen for more than a month). The boat was quickly readied and took us to the area of sighting. After a one hour search the fish boil was found and so were the whale sharks (3). I didn't see any other boats from the other resorts making this effort. The experience of swimming with the whale sharks was breathtaking.

All in all a fun time.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kingla39
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Fort Worth, TX
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013

i know this review is late, but i would love to go back. amazing dive master tex, loved the owner, food was good, diving was perfect, would move to the island in a heart beat. i did 17 dives in 6 days. everyone better than the next. on the days of the night dives we spent the afternoons in town and loved every part of the town we saw. only people on the island are divers and couch surfers, so everyone has the "one big happy family" attitude. you will feel at home the moment you arrive.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kelledge
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omaha
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

I spent a week there all was great, room was always clean , food was good ,diving was exceptional, the only problem was being made uncomfortable with the owners(Steve) mother(Shirley)either standing behind the bar staring or just sitting there every night. everybody felt like they had to leave early and go to bed ,so this is what we all did.

that is my only complaint and hopefully Steve can resolve it.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank diane b
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Ventura, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

Just spent a week at Deep Blue Resort and it was great. We hit a slow week but they did not cut back on the dives or the great meals. The north side is some of the best wall diving I've had and I have been diving for about 25b years.

Room Tip: All the rooms face the water.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CaptDave1940
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houston, tx
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

This little gem was such a nice place to spend a diving holiday. The staff were extremely hospitable and there were fresh meals prepared daily. You had your choice between fish, vegetarian, and typically another meat. The non alcoholic drinks are in a fridge in the dining area and are purchased on the 'honor system.' You put a tally mark down every time you get a coke.

It's a very interesting crowd too -- you can meet divers from all over. There were a few Australians while we were there. They joined us on many of our dives too.

The dive instructors were also great. They were always there to lend me a hand when needed. I remember once my boyfriend was having trouble equalizing and by the time we reached a good depth, we couldn't see the group. Ended up, of course, getting caught in a bit of a drift which took us further away from the boat than we would have liked. When we emerged, we saw how far away we were (probably a good quarter mile) and started swimming toward the boat. The boat captain spotted us and drove over to pick us up. He even threw out a life preserver because he could see that I was tired from swimming through all of the choppy waves.

In all, a great stay. Did I mention that our Instructor took us on an extra trip to find a whale shark? He patiently tracked it with all of us for at least 45 minutes. This was "extra" dive time at no charge.

We saw the whale shark finally and her baby. GREAT trip.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Christi T
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tucson
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

It was a sort of family outing with my son, his wife and her sister and hubby just to see whale sharks. however, we didnt see any, but the resort was wonderful, food fantastic and the dive guides and boat captain were friendly and patient with all guests. they looked over us like "mother hens" - for which we were thankful. Looks like we will hv to make another trip as this past week they saw 7 of those creatures.

Utila, here we come again...

Room Tip: all rooms were comfortable and adequate
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank purpledoris
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New York
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

We traveled to Utila in Feb 2012 with a total of 11 in our group. The resort hosts a max of 20 and only one other couple was there, making it a very personalized trip for us.
The trip in was interesting, with standard commercial air to San Pedro Sula, then a local airline to Utila.
Utila's airport is an asphalt strip, adequate for Caribbean travel and better than some island runways. There are no services at the airport and transport was in the back of a pickup to Deep Blue Divers and then a boat to the Resort.
The grounds are beautiful, native flora and fauna, well kept up and welcoming. Hermit crabs and land crabs scoot around all night, fruit bats take over the humming bird feeders at night and iguanas ply the seawall with the crabs in the sunlight. Spectacular views from all rooms toward the mainland will greet you from your private balcony.
Diving was 3 boat dives per day with unlimited shore dives, if you are up to more than 3 dives at excellent sites. Our boat was captained by Swinford Jackson (Swin) who displayed the skill of a man who was born and worked the waves all his life. Dive masters Bel and Ricky were attentive and professional, as well as downright fun.
The island is small, with little to do but dive at the resort. limited internet connectivity,limited cell phone access, no TV and the secluded location of the resort make it an escape from civilization.
The meals were always adequate and usually very good. Nothing fancy, but nourishing and energy rich for multiple dives per day.
Hosts Steve, Susan and Shirley were eager to please and able to get pretty much whatever we wanted within a day from the nearby town.
Available shuttle by boat to Utila Town and it shops and bars was as easy as asking to be taken over. There are several local bars and restaurants to enjoy, but again, nothing fancy. Just good old fashioned Caribbean laid back fun. the native language is English which is a bonus for many, although Spanish is common as well.
Rooms at Deep Blue are clean, neat and again, nothing fancy.
All in all, I have to say this was a fantastic trip, fun people, great diving and at unique and wonderful accommodations.
I would recommend this for a great dive vacation with friends.
I do not give it a 5 rating because it is not a spit and polish "Resort" al a Cancun or the US. It is a fantastic, secluded, dive resort with proprietors who understand the needs of divers and have put together a great place for a dive adventure.
Would I go back? you betcha!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank cdoccny
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Property: Deep Blue Resort Utila
Address: Utila, Honduras
Region: Honduras > Bay Islands > Utila
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Utila
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PADI Resort and an all inclusive scuba diving vacation venue. ... more   less 
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