I’ll be happy in my thrift store mis-matched bikini that I got, just in case, the day before we left for fifty cents. Customer Service is not really a thing here and it’s sometimes frustrating because I’m a spoiled American, but also refreshing because we’ve taken it waaaayyy too far with all of our yelping and reviewing and such.We are here to dive and it couldn’t be better. Della is 10. She is the youngest to be certified here in several years. The entire island worked together to find her equipment that fit. They bought little tanks just for her. If you know Della you know that she’s petite and if you know scuba diving you know that the equipment is massive and heavy. Long story short, she has rocked it! She is certified and it was a ton of work and she did it. The boys are certified, too. I am so proud of them all!
Early this morning, on their first fun dive after passing all their skills, a sea turtle swam by to congratulate them.NOTES: We are diving/staying with Captain Morgan’s Dive Center. Ask for Wit to be your instructor. The crepe place is awesome, try the wood fired pizza at Mango Inn, Trudy’s has real coffee, buy your pineapple from the guy on the street and have your children bust open the coconuts on the beach for you to drink, Rehab is a cool spot on the water to drink a beer and eat some seafood, and you can exorcise any personal demons with the locals at Skid Row.
If you are in Utila diving with your family here is a ranking of dive shops.
1. Captain Morgan’s Dive Center….cozy, very clean, great food, with it’s own little beach that is just perfect. Awesome people and great instructors. Hot showers, which is no small thing during the rainy season and they are NOT a given! And another good little restaurant right next door!
2. Alton’s….great beachfront location with amazing dock, great instructors and decent rooms. Food is limited, but good and no hot showers.
3. Utila Dive Center and Mango Inn….downside is that the hotel is not on the water, but is an excellent dive outfit. We stayed there our fist night and it smelled musty and was not as clean as one might want. Good food, but pricey for the island.
4.Bay Islands College of Diving….I don’t know much about this school except that I loved their employees and it was located next door to us right on the water. Seemed very nice with a less hostel , more hotel feel.
4. Underwater Vision seemed awesome and is right on the water, but is considered the ‘party’ scene with mostly young adults. We liked the food at their restaurant and had fun whenever we were there!
Do you want to go high end?
Then here ya go! Utopia has got you covered!