Isla de Utila Things to Do

  • Hummingbird preparing to feed.
    Hummingbird preparing to feed.
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  • Utila Dive Center
    Utila Dive Center
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  • Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Centre
    Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Centre
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    Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Centre

    by CEP1863 Updated Jan 12, 2014
    Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Centre

    The Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Centre (WSORC) operates one of the few, year-round whale shark monitoring and research centres in the world. The centre, open to visitors, is dedicated to advanced whale shark research and has numerous displays about the sharks' biology and identification. I would definitely recommend it as well worth a visit for any divers interested in expanding their knowledge of fish ID and wanting to know more about the whale sharks that visit the area.

    The centre runs specific whale shark encounter trips but only if they believe there is a good chance to see them. They are honest about this and will advise you whether there have been recent sightings.The cost is $50 USD per person and there must be at least 5 people in order to cover the cost of the boat. You can charter the boat for a private encounter experience at a cost of $250 USD.

    They also run a weekly film night called 'Fishy Film Thursday' where they show aquatic films and documentaries, it's free to go or, if you wish, you can make a donation.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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    Whale Sharks

    by CulturalCompetence Written Aug 18, 2004

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    Although whale sharks are around Utila all year long, they can only be "spotted" when there isn't any wind. When there isn't any wind, the sea calms quite a bit. When the whale shark feeds, birds will swarm around the area. This is how the boats find the whale sharks. The best time of year to see a whale shark is January-February, however one was sighted in July 2004. The dive (and snorkeling) boats will go on excursions looking for whale sharks in January and February. Be prepared to jump in the water as soon as you are prompted and look around quickly so you can catch a glimpse before it takes off!

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    • Beaches

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    Diving with Alton's Dive Shop

    by CulturalCompetence Written Aug 18, 2004

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    We heard great things about Alton's Dive Shop, however we didn't dive with them because they did not have a covered area on their boats where we could be in the shade. They speak many languages - including Dutch! The people there seemed very nice and were accomodating regarding dive sites.

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    Diving with Utila Dive Center

    by CulturalCompetence Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    Utila Dive Center

    Diving is an absolute must in Utila! The best place we dove with was Utila Dive Center. Beware of confusing it with Utila "Watersports" Dive Center. They are two separate places that are very close to one another. Utila Dive Center has more dive instructors and dive masters. They have a beautiful facility! Very hip! :-)

    You can also get a discount at The Mango Inn if you dive with them (see our separate post regarding the Mango).

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    • Diving and Snorkeling

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    Hummingbirds

    by CulturalCompetence Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    Hummingbird preparing to feed.

    If you want to see Hummingbirds, go to the Mango Inn's bar in Utila Town (East Harbour). Just about anytime when it is daylight, the feeder hanging from the roof has 3-5 hummingbirds "buzzing" around it. There appeared to be several different species also. VERY cool, especially if you have never seen one before...

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