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Utila Lodge
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Wonderful facilities. Miss Kistie should be proud of her staff, they really take care of you and make you feel welcome. Food great, diving great. DM was Willie, outstanding. Rooms, I loved the lodge feel. Made use of the hammocks a few times in between dives. Even though we missed the whale sharks, it was fun at night to watch the 10 "ten" white spotted eagle rays trolling back and forth along the dock and the sun deck. We couldn't believe our eyes. Needless to say that after dinner each night we were out there watching them.

Room Tip: All rooms are great.....no room service or pool....but the ocean swimming was fine with me. Easy ladder to get out with.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank JudyAlvarez
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Here are the "bullet points" you need to know:
- Great Staff (Willie, Seth on the boat are simply the best!, Rotha, Angie and the kitchen crew will make your omelettes and dinner appropriate for a diver's diet, Francis, Shanette, and office staff make every request (big or small) a priority. A special thanks also to Alice and Rebecca for making the week excellent!
- Great Diving (Swim-thru, walls, slopes, flats), (Creatures large and small, from Whale Sharks and Eagle Rays to Sea Horses and Lined Soles) From the strange (Manta Shrimp), to the downright ugly (Frog fish) you'll find things interesting on every dive (I did 20 in the week)
- Comfortable accommodations (Bed was right firmness, pillows were soft, blankets were adequate, A/C was perfect)
- Comforts (Fresh water in room each evening , sans ice as requested, Hot water for my tea delivered each morning promptly at 6AM, fresh local flowers were placed on bed, towels, and bathroom for arrival, complimentary bottle of wine in room. Plenty of ice cold beverages in the bar area served up by "Queenie", maker of a delicious Pina Colada)
- Flights to the island and return to Roatan were on-time and a pleasant 15 minute journey by Team Air Ruiz.

There's not much more you could ask for in a dive vacation.

Thanks to everyone at Utila Lodge for a relaxing dive vacation!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Larry-n-Lorie
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Great Dive Lodge...it has a hyperbaric chamber at the resort, and shares the dive facility with the BICD (Bay Islands College of Diving). A nice bunch of guys & gals from all over the world work at or learn at this facility...a good education from beginner to Dive master +.
Rooms were clean and comfortable, the AC worked fine.
Dive Master Willie "Macro Willie" as I like to call him, can find a needle in a haystack! He is conscious and attentive to all divers. Most all the pics posted are of fish/creatures he pointed out.
Captain Albert kept the boat steady and helped prepare us for all 16 dives. He also is an accomplished dive master with 6500+ dives.
Water temp was mostly 84-86 degrees...I didn't wear a wet suit after the first day of diving.
Sea's were calm...only 1 day was current a minor issue.
Manager Alice Hill is always on site supervising and tending to the her guests. She even took the time out of her busy day to give us an educational tour of the area! She saw to it that we sampled the local" Bread Fruit". She made us feel at home!!!
Staff were very friendly, always service with a smile...especially Queen Ann.
My only issue is that the Internet speed could have been faster...but I still had no problems reading emails or SKYPEing home!

The Whale Shakes eluded us on this trip, but on my next trip back, I plan to see a bunch.

Room Tip: Room B & D are best for internet connection! However, still not the best.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Thank 223RobB
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

We stayed at the lodge during the main part of our diving courses. We received a discount on a wonderful room which was great. All the staff at the BICD are fantastic, professional, fun & helpful. Sadly this can't be said about the staff at the Utila Lodge. The place is nice & clean, but the staff are unhelpful & rude, especially the manager. There seemed to be alot of miss communication between BICD & The Lodge & one specific miss communication cost us $40 & we weren't given any sort of acknowledgment of this mistake on their behalf. However I can't stress enough how great BICD is. The food at the lodge, (we only ate from the bar menu) was absolutely terrible & different from what the menu stated when it came out. When we advised of this it all seemed to much effort to sort.
I would highly recommend the BICD for diving, and the lodge rooms are great as is the lodge area, wifi & a lovely positioned dock for swimming off & sun bathing. My experience was only tainted slightly by the staff there seeming apathy about any custom.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank UKtraveler1987
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

I can't ask for more than this in a week's worth:

As a diver, got a divemaster Willy who caters to the skill levels of his clients. Great guy, personable, years and generations of Utila reef experience. Quality dives on a great boat and great captain Seth.
The lodge is super clean, the rooms are practical and maintained well. Noise level appropriate if you're on the ground floor above if you're sensitive to those things. Sleeping with the windows open and air conditioner off can be loud if the Utila nightlife is still thumping.
The staff super friendly and helpful, accommodating and supportive. I can say that about most everyone I met on the island too.
The meals are excellent, tasty and provide carbs/protein to support the dive energy. I would suggest more fish than meats though.
In summary all that for a good value. If you do the inclusive packages you'll get airport transfers and perhaps even see some familiar faces coordinating the inbound/outbound flights at the airport :)
Gracias por los recuerdos.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Thank mkisinSF
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