Scuba Diving and Sailing
Vacation Date: February 2009
Report Date: 16th February 2008
Author: Victoria Bexley, London, United Kingdom.
I have just returned
home to the UK after visiting Utila and wanted to write to say what an
amazing place to dive and snorkel on an island that is not over developed
and not too commercial. I was new to diving prior to the holiday and had the
patience of an excellent instructor at
Eco-Marine dive centre to slowly and personally train me. All the
instructors were friendly and reassuring and professional at all times
ensuring safety first. Eco Marine also have accommodation for divers which
is free to those taking the course. This is a bonus for people on a budget.
The course is non expensive compared with other dive centers' on the island
and compared to diving around the world Utila is an in-expensive place to
dive. I would highly recommend the island as a warm (weather and people!)
and beautiful holiday destination.
We were fortunate to go
on a sailing trip to Cayos Cochinos (The Hog Islands) with Rusty's tour (ask
at Eco-Marine about his tours or look on
this website) and this had to be a highlight of the holiday as we
snorkeled in perfectly clear water and saw every tropical fish in the sea!
And then at night we saw each constellation in the sky. We even caught a
huge 3-4" Wahoo on our journey back to Utila and had dolphins swimming and
racing at the front of the boat. These tiny islands are truly magical and
ideal for those seeking romance off the beaten track or those searching for
the most amazing diving and snorkeling.
I am returning to Utila
very soon to experience more of the slow pace, the sunshine, the friendly
atmosphere, the diving and the beauty of an island that remains un-spoilt.
I will attempt to post
some photo's at a later date.