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“Best Dive Experience Ever”
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Utila Lodge
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Utila
Certificate of Excellence
Colorado Springs
2 reviews
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“Best Dive Experience Ever”
Reviewed December 25, 2010

From the greeting at the airstrip until we had to say goodbye, this is a fantastic place to stay. Everything was seen to and the staff at Utila Lodge will make you feel like you are at home.
Great food, great diving with a dive master and boat captain that make your surface time as much fun as your time under water. The hot chocolate aboard after a night dive was a welcome touch.
We would like to thank everyone at the lodge again and you can expect to see us again.
Robert & Peggy

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2010

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time at the Utila Lodge last week. We arrived at the lodge at around 5:00 pm after a very long day of traveling. We are from the Washington DC area. We were greeted by Josh, our divemaster, who quickly helped us with our luggage and drove us to the lodge. At the entrance to the resort we were happily greeted by Kisty, the owner and Queen Anne, the headmaster. They immediately showed us around and briefed us on everything we needed to know for the week...times of diving, meal times, etc. They showed us to our room...we had a wonderful view of the water from our screened porch. Waiting for us was a bottle of wine which I thought was a really nice touch. They bring filtered water to your room every night. We also had our own hammock which I loved to relax on while reading my book or just taking a nap at the end of a long day of diving. The resort is very close to town so you can easily take a walk to buy souvenirs or just to take a stroll. Everyone on the island either drives golf carts or motorcycles. The meals are delicious and served buffet, homestyle 3 times a day. Everything from toast and cereal to pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon and eggs (any style) for breakfast. Lunch was a great variety...I think we had hamburgers and fish burgers one day, quesadillas, spaghetti and dinners were anything from chicken, fish and meat dishes. Definitely all home cooked and delicious. They also served a variety of wonderful desserts...home baked...all of it yummy! We got a chance to talk to Kisty and relax with her and her family...her daughter, son, and grandson. Her son and daughter all work at the resort which helps to give it that "homey" atmosphere. We definitely miss the resort and everyone there. Queen Anne is such a sweetheart always willing to help out whenever she can. They have an "honor system" at the bar where you go in and write down whatever you take next to your name...that's if no one is there to help you. It makes it so that the bar is always open to the guests. Josh is a fantastic divemaster, very relaxed and slow-paced which makes it very enjoyable. He takes your gear and sets it up for you every day so the guest never has to do anything with it. Seth, the boat captain was very friendly as well...sitting down and talking to us. Josh and Seth took us (on their motorcycles) to their favorite barbecue place on our last evening there. That was a lot of fun...it gave us a chance to see how the locals live. All in all it was one of the best vacation spots for diving and just relaxing. We can't wait to go back to Utila Lodge!!!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Nashville, TN
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

The family and staff that run Utila lodge is absolutely the best in the business. I was nervous about going to such a remote location alone with my 12 year old daughter who had only 20 dives. I am not a diver myself. These folks were fantastic with her. The knowledge, safety and security of the Bay islands College of Diving and Utilia Lodge are exceptional.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed July 29, 2010

Just got back from a trip to Utila Lodge. It was the perfect dive, eat and relax vacation. We more or less just picked it out from the reviews in Trip Advisor and the online photos and hoped that what we saw online was accurate. It was. From the beginning of our stay in Utila, when we unfolded out of the 19 seat SOSA plane on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, to the end of the week, which was a much sadder early Saturday AM, we were treated like old friends.

We arrived on the Utila airstrip on Saturday afternoon and were promptly picked up and delivered to the Lodge, where we were met by staff, especially the beautiful Alice and QueenAnn, bartender extraordinaire. We were given the lay of the land (and water) and escorted to our room. As there are only 8, everything is very close. We chose upstairs to get a better view of the water and island. The entire Lodge is over the water, so if you are a snorkler (or a diver between dives) be sure and spend a little time swimming under the hotel. There are a lot of fish down there.

The Lodge Rooms: much nicer than we expected. Bigger too, with a twin and a double bed. There was a very nice screened in porch with chairs, a fan, a table and a hammock, all of which we made good use of. It also had plenty of hooks to hang wet clothes. There were 2 sinks and a large shower stall. The room is nicer than a lot of other places I've stayed, with all wooden walls and trim instead of sheetrock or plaster. It looks and feels well built and sturdy too, in case you are worried about that.

The Food: Excellent! Every meal was served hot, delicious and on time. By Wednesday I was salivating everytime I heard the food bell ring. The cook alway checked with us to see if we had any specific dietary restrictions or preferences. Over the course of the week for dinner we had burgers, bbq chicken and pork, spaghetti a couple different ways, shrimp, veggies, salads and cakes and cookies. Breakfast was varied and tasty, and lunch was always served just a few minutes after we got back from the 2nd morning dive. One of the features we really liked is that the 2 night dives were preceeded by snacks and followed by dinner, so we didn't feel that we had to hurry through dinner to get back into the water.

Kisty, the owner, sat with us for most of the dinners and some lunches. It was a pleasure to have her around to chat with, telling us a little about the island (she's been there 16 years), herself, the Lodge, the Diving College next door and other varied topics. Be sure and ask her about any barnacles she might have "issues" with. Lets just say that she doesn't sit still long enough to develop any.

Diving: Again, excellent. Josh is the divemaster and Marvin (aka Borat) is the captain, and the two of them work well together. Sometimes it seemed like I was in the middle of a comedy routine, so the surface intervals were always interesting. There are walls, pinnacles, swimthoughs, canyons, etc. Plenty to keep you occupied for a week. Two of our favorites were Airport Caves, which had lots of little canyons to follow, and Black Hills, which is a pinnacle just teaming with life and has at least 1 free swimming moray (could have been 3, or the same one 3 times. Never could figure it out). But there are many other great sites. Unfortunately, there isn't as much fish life as some of the other places I've dived. This is probably from overfishing and it seems that the Utila government is finally starting to to do something about it. But the corals, sponges and other reef life is plentful and healthy. As the College of Diving is next door and they sometimes share a boat, we did several dives with prospective Divemasters and Dive Instructors. That was entertaining as well. A great bunch of kids learning a great job.

The island: its good. Didn't spend any time exploring anything other than the main street. If I were 25 or 30 again that main street at night would have been a blast. I missed it by a few (or more than a few) years. Seems as if there was at least 1 party place every night. And they party late. But, if it gets too loud just close up the room and put on the air conditioning. We did some nights with AC (works well, by the way) and some with open windows. The town is concentrated on one street and all the buildings are squeezed together on both sides. Take a look at satellite photos to get an idea. Apparently there are about 5,000 people on the island, so that gives you an idea of the size.

The weather: we were there in July 2010 and it rained several times while we were there, sometimes even hard, but never for long and it didn't have much impact on our plans. They are called July Squalls by the locals (ask QueenAnn) and they come and go.

Kisty, Alice, Josh QueenAnn and the rest showed us a great week. Can't wait to go back. Maybe next time we'll try horseback riding.

You'll love it!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

Although we did not see the imfamous Whale Sharks we had a great trip. Our group took up the entire lodge (all 8 rooms) and had a great dive trip. 17 dives in 6 days. We especially want to thank Queen Anne, Josh, Big Willie, and Alice. The lodge is clean and offers great service. We were a little leary about the all inclusive meals but we were pleasantly pleased. The meals were very good considering you are on a remote island and the restaurant staff is great. If you are looking for a great dive operation, clean accomodations close to town than this is your place.

  • Stayed April 2010
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st. petersburg, fl
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Reviewed March 4, 2010

What a gem! Utila is definitely for the dive traveler- the primary reason to come here is diving. Utila Lodge is island-casual and comfortable, laid-back and low-key. The owner and staff are totally focused on the guest- friendly and helpful. The Lodge runs like a well-oiled machine, freeing the guest up to not have to think about: "Where did I put my passport? What time is dinner? Where is my dive gear?" All is attended to for you. The rooms offer both the comfort of air conditioning with the charm of screened porches that let in the breeze and the sound of the surf. US travelers will find the conveniences that we take for granted- even when traveling to less-developed countries. There is plenty of space to move around, and lots of cozy seating areas for gathering. Hammocks abound! Meals are done buffet style, and planned around the dive schedule. If you have special food needs (like me), every effort is made to accommodate, and then some! Unlike some of the other resorts on Utila, the Lodge is in town, giving you the flexibility to explore. The "over the water" location and design is gorgeous! No glam here- just a comfortable, casual home away from home!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
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Savannah
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Reviewed January 15, 2010

I have to say that this place is the best by far. Great service, great food and some of the best diving that I have done in years. I've dove with other dive operations on the island and this place has a well groomed and managed staff!!!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
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Property: Utila Lodge
Address: Main Street, Utila IB3103, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Utila
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Utila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paradise as it was intended! Set out over the turquoise Caribbean waters in the calm Utila Bay, surrounded by spectacular coral reefs, Utila Lodge is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway or adventure vacation. Let us greet you with personalized service and five star hospitality! Come and experience the casual charm of this family owned and operated resort. Purchased in 1993 by Jim and Kisty Engel, Utila Lodge has been transformed into the warm and welcoming haven that it is today. Call 1-855-UGO-DIVE (846-3483) for more details! ... more   less 
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