The scheduled Ferry Service operated by Capt Vern on the Nina Elisabeth II Catamaran which travelled once a day between Utila and Roatan ceased operations on 17-Nov-2012. Currently no regular daily scheduled service has replaced it.
Currently, the options for travelling between Roatan and Utila are as follows;
By Air - Scheduled Flight or Private Charter
Definitely the quickest - Flight time is 15 minutes approximately.
Normally operate in all weather conditions.
Often the quickest mode of transport to resume operations between the Islands after a severe storm.
Contact Morgan’s Travel or World Wide Travel in Utila for details of latest schedules and prices.
They can book both scheduled and chartered air services, and scheduled ferry services.
Contact Island Air based in Utila. They offer a scheduled service between Roatan and Utila on Saturdays which is designed to connect with with Roatan incoming and outgoing international flights. They offer charter flights between Roatan & Utila at other times.
Contact CM Airlines. They also offer a scheduled service between Roatan and Utila on Saturdays which is designed to connect with Roatan incoming and outgoing international flights and have they have an on-line booking service.
By Boat - Scheduled Ferry
Least expensive, but slowest - Overall travel time is 3.5 hours approximately.
Normally travel in all weather, but sometimes severe winds cause the port in La Ceiba to be closed.
Take the Galaxy Wave between Roatan and La Ceiba and the Utila Princess between La Ceiba and Utila.
The Galaxy Wave and Utila Princess schedules are designed to overlap and minimize waiting time in La Ceiba.
For Galaxy Wave schedules and pricing, refer http://www.roatanferry.com/
For Utila Princess schedules and pricing, refer http://aboututila.com/TravelInfo/Utila-Princess/
By Boat - Charter
Can be expensive but arguably the most fun and the most flexible.
Normally travel only travel in good weather.
Pricing highly dependent on fuel consumption, which varies by type of boat, number of passengers, and weather conditions.
Can be difficult to book in advance since boats are operated by local people, many of whom do not use email, etc.
In Utila, you will find signs posted in the main street advertising boat charters.
Utila Dive Shops are also normally happy to refer you to a charter operator.
2013 prices start at around $250, but pricing varies significantly with fuel costs.
Overall travel time varies. Arguably the fastest is a speed boat operated by Bush’s Bay Island Charters out of Utila.
Their travel time is 45 minutes approx.