February 18, 2023 -
 February 25, 2023

Utila

Whale Shark Capital of the Caribbean

 

Where we are diving

Right on the edge of the Mesoamerican Barrier reef lies Utila, a small island off the coast of Honduras. While diving the clear Caribbean waters, you are bound to see eagle rays, hawksbill sea turtles, nurse sharks, parrotfish, angel fish and seahorses.

Utila has over 80 dive sites to choose from, ranging from wreck diving to swim throughs to shallow corals. Utila is also known as one of the whale shark capitals of the Caribbean. You may get lucky and have the chance to snorkel with one of these magnificent animals.

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Trip Leaders

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Jason Davis, Instructor Trainer

Jason started his diving career on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. He was on his honeymoon and suggested he and his wife get certified together. Almost immediately upon returning to Northern Virginia Jason found Sterling Silver Scuba (now Nautilus Aquatics) and continued his diving career. In 2008 he and his wife Melissa purchased Sterling Silver Scuba.

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Melissa Miles, Open Water Instructor

Melissa started her diving career on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. She was on her honeymoon and her husband suggested they get certified together. Almost immediately upon returning to Northern Virginia Melissa found Sterling Silver Scuba (now Nautilus Aquatics) and continued her diving career. In 2008 she and her husband Jason purchased Sterling Silver Scuba.

Resort Details

 

Where we are staying

Utila Lodge has eight beautiful island-style private rooms built out over the Caribbean with modern amenities, private bathrooms, and private screened in porches. Each room has a queen and a double bed and the bathrooms have his and her sinks. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV and free high-speed wireless internet. The beds are comfy, the rooms are spacious and the private porches are the perfect place to unwind.

Utila Lodge will exceed your expectations with personalized service, incredible diving and five star hospitality!

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Learn more about the accommodations from the resort website.

Trip Details

 

Price

Ground Only

  • Deluxe Double Diver: $2,250

  • Deluxe Non-Diver: $ 2,080

  • Deluxe Single Diver: $3,000

  • Deluxe Single Non-Diver: $2,530

  • One bedroom apartment Double Diver: $2,360

  • One bedroom apartment Double Non-Diver: $2,190

  • One bedroom apartment Single Diver: $3,110

    Deposit and payments

    • 1st deposit:  $500 due at sign up
    • Full balance: due December 1, 2023

    Other info

    • Prices are based upon double occupancy
    • All payments are non-refundable
    • Prices are subject to change due to events outside of our control

    What’s included

    • 7 nights accommodations at Utila Lodge
    • All meals
    • 15 boat dives (includes 2 night dives)
    • Round trip hopper flights
    • Round trip transfers

    What’s not included

    Flights should arrive and land in Roatan (RTB) no later than 2 PM.

        What prior travelers say

        “I have been on over five trips with Diventures and plan to keep coming back! The staff is friendly and the trip leaders are great.”

        Conservation Efforts

        One of the leading marine research groups in Utila is The Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center (WSORC). WSORC is the only non-profit to have been granted a research permit to study whale sharks by the Honduran Environmental Department. Their team established the Whale Shark Encounter Guidelines to promote responsible eco-tourism. In 2008, these guidelines passed through the Honduran parliament as the government made more efforts to protect the Whale Sharks from unsustainable tourism practices.

        WSORC also leads studies and removal efforts of the invasive Lionfish species. Along with other non-profits on the island, they help maintain a coral nursery, study the health of the reef and participate in numerous community engagement projects with the local schools.

        During your stay at the Utila Lodge, marine biologists will give presentations on whale sharks and any other topic you may be interested during the evenings at the bar. 

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        Know Before You Go

        Electricity There are no adapters required. If you’re visiting from the States, you won’t need to worry about an adapter for your cell phone or computer.

        Temperature Temperatures around this time of year will be around 80º. Normal water temperature will range between 79-80 and currents will be light to moderate. The typical visibility is around 100 feet.

        Money – The U.S. dollar is widely accepted. Be sure to bring small bills.

        Dress Code – As laid back as you want. You’re in paradise on your own island.

        Passport – Passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.

        Language – English

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