Isla de Utila Travel Guide

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Isla de Utila Things to Do

  • Whale Shark & 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...

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  • Whale Sharks

    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...

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  • Diving with Alton's Dive Shop

    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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Isla de Utila Restaurants

  • Good local restaurant

    Located in Island house which is the oldest building on Utila island Muchies is open from early in the morning until late in the evening. They have an extensive menu and a nice porch to sit out on and watch the world go by. I personally really enjoyed their breakfast menu with fresh burritos, tasty granola and freshly squeezed fruit juice. The...

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  • Worth treating yourself!

    This restaurant was recommended by a fellow diver. I actually walked past it a couple of times as it was not that well sign posted and the stairs are easy to miss. The menu appears to be extensive but not everything on the menu was available. Thus is the drawback of being on a tiny island and having to rely on some ingredients being bought across...

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  • Good lunch spot

    A good place to refuel after an early morning dive; Bundu dishes up generous portions of comfort food such as nachos, panninis, and pizza. This cafe is located right in the centre of Utila just yards from the jetty and is a good place just to kick back and watch the world go by. Bundu is open from early morning for coffee and breakfast until fairly...

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  • Cafe Paisano

    The food was good. They have a vegetable soup that was a good break from baleadas, however it was a little bland for my taste. Although the place looks like a fast food place, we had to wait almost an hour for our food (there were only 7 other people there at the time). The place appears to be run by a wife/husband team. Their English wasn't very...

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  • Best view from a restaurant!

    The food was alright (I had a past alfredo dish that was very filling and tasty), however the highlight of this place is the view! You walk out on a pier over the water. The restaurant is at the end of the pier and has seating in shade and outside. They even have a second story that is fun! Don't go for the food - Go for the view! :-)

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  • Vegetarian Selections

    The locals on Utila thrive on tourism and are willing to accommodate vegetarian needs. Because most of the food is made to order, they can make it to suit your dietary needs. No problems in Utila! :-) You'll never starve with the baleadas sin carne around! YUMMY! :-)

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Isla de Utila Transportation

  • Utila Princess

    An alternative way of getting either to or from Utila is via the the Utila Princess. They do twice daily departures from La Ceiba to Utila and back. I used this to return to the mainland and found it a very easy and straightforward method of travel. I went down to the little office the day before my departure and booked my passage. It cost me...

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  • SOSA Airlines

    Getting to Utila can be difficult if you are only in Honduras for a short time, as I was. For this reason I opted to fly and booked my flights at the SOSA airline desk inside San Pedro de Sula airport. Flights are only operated on certain days of the week - Monday, Wenesday, Friday and Saturday. Planes are tiny and they are hot on charging for...

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Isla de Utila Local Customs

  • Currency

    Nearly everyone in Honduras uses both Honduran lempiras and U.S. dollars. You can literally pay the hotel in dollars, they will figure out the exchange rate for lempiras, and give you change in lempiras. Check the exchange rate beforehand - we found that some places gave us 17 lmps for $1US, and others gave us 18 lmps. We didn't exchange money once...

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  • Sun Jam

    Sun Jam is a HUGE party that is organized by the local dive shops on Utila. It is held in August every year on Water Cay. It is a lot of fun if you are young and in that "partying mode," however for us "old folks," it became an annoyance. Hotel prices went up, hotel rooms were few and far between, and many of the dive shops closed completely for...

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Isla de Utila Warnings and Dangers

  • ATMs in Utila - always get a receipt

    There are only two ATMs on Utila Island. Both are located on the Main Street, one is at the Banco Atlantida and the other is yards away near to the pharmacy. Both machines accept a wide variety of cards. Make sure that you always go for the option that gives you a receipt. At busy times it is possible for the ATMs to run out of money. This happened...

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  • Sand flies - hungry little biters!

    I really love Utila but I found that the sand flies were a real problem as they see humans as a walking meal. They are particularly nasty at dawn and dusk and unfortunately they do not confine themselves to the beach. The only thing that seemed to keep them at bay was insect repellent with a really high DEET content. I am normally not too bothered...

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  • Photos for PADI certification

    If you are planning to complete a PADI certification while you are in Utila, work on getting your photo on your first day. You can get a photo at a reasonable price at Howell's Internet, however it takes several hours for them to process the photos (we are accustomed to 1-hour service at max.). Beware of wearing your sunglasses when you have the...

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Isla de Utila What to Pack

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    by CEP1863 Written Feb 14, 2014

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you visit Utila then there is a good likelihood that you will come across the sand flies. They are particulArly active both at dawn and dusk. I would recommend that you pack a insect repellent with a high DEET content and also something to soothe any bites. Whilst there are many ointments containing antihistamine or mild hydrocortisone, I found that Afterbite was the most effective in providing some sort of relief from the itching.

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Isla de Utila Off The Beaten Path

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    by CulturalCompetence Written Aug 18, 2004

    This was AWESOME! If you like iguanas, and appreciate conservation, this is the place for you! "Swampers" are a "new" species of iguana that was identified in the late 1990s by a German group. Utila is the only place in the world that has Swamper Iguanas. Swampers live in the Mangroves and eat crabs. The Iguana Research and Breeding Station is conducting research regarding the breeding and release of iguanas into the wild. Although it is quite a walk from Utila Town (East Harbor), it is worth it if you appreciate nature! It was very organized and informational. The tour was free, however the facility is only open to the public on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 2-5 p.m. (which can conflict with diving, especially if you are working on a certification). Make the time to check this place out, though! Simply follow the signs posted around Utila Town (East Harbour). The 20-30 minute walk is mostly shaded and quite enjoyable.

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Isla de Utila Sports & Outdoors

  • Scuba diving with Utila Dive Centre

    There are a plethora of dive centres on Utila and the one that I chose to dive with was Utila Dive Centre. They are a PADI Career Development Centre and as such their standards at to the highest level. I found the staff to be very welcoming and informative, they were incredibly helpful and booking my diving was very easy. This was one of the rare...

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  • Scuba diving - Underwater Vision

    I took a Padi Open Water Certificate on Utila. A freind of mine recomended Underwater Vision to me, so I took the course at their place. The dive shop is located at the hostel Trudy?s, and here you get 3 nights for free, if you take the course at Underwater Vision. I paid US$ 159 for the Open Water Course (year 2000 prices). The staff was great...

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