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Utila-tarian Vacation

An October 2000 trip to Bay Islands by scooby

Quote: Utila is said to be the cheapest place in the world to get diving certificates.

Utila-tarian Vacation

Overview

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There's not much to do on Utila besides dive and drink. I don't drink and still found my time pretty full of diving and eating all the good food on the island.

Quick Tips:

Check your e-mail before you get to the island since it costs around /15min. once you're there.
Bring plenty of bug repellent. The mosquitoes and biting flies are relentless and crave fresh tender ankles.
If your looking for a good beach and/or just want to snorkel, go to Roatan.

Best Way To Get Around:

To get here, you have to take a ferry from La Cieba which costs about or a plane for .

The Northside

Attraction

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The Northside is clear, beautiful, and lively. Most dive shops will eventually take you there, and if they don't you are at the wrong shop. Be sure to get the legendary fish burgers at the cays on the way back. At the fish burger place they also serve some excellent banana bread.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2000

The Northside
Northside of Utila
Bay Islands, Honduras

Dive Shops

Story/Tip

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Just about all the dive shops on the island are the same. Every one of them offer Open Water, Advanced, Rescue; each for around $160. (10 fun dives for around $125). (Divemaster $500). The only difference is the little perks you get. Utila Diving School and Gunter's both include 2 free fun dives. Bay Islands College of Diving has really nice boats with bathrooms and pastry buffets.

I heard that there are some shops that cut corners, but I didn't hear which ones. The three mentioned above are supposed to be good. I dove with Gunter's because they also had kayaks which were free to use for their students. They have a web site at www.riconet.de/ecomarine

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There is a ton of good food on the island. Tompson's Bakery has excellent cinnamon rolls. There seems to be good cakes at every bodega. Victorines on the westside, past the treehouse, has the best ginger and sugar cookies and rich coconut bread. Captain Jack's is great for lunch or dinner. His special salsa is incredable for a dutchman, and his tortillas are addictive. Allegedly, the Cay's fish burger recipe was originally his. For a little less money, the ladies near the dock sell tortillas with beans cheese and onions for $.33. Bundu Cafe is good for a snack and has yogurt shakes for the irregular traveler. They also have a book exchange with plenty of books in English. Las Pelicas serve...Read More

About the Writer

scooby

scooby
Brooklyn, New York

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