"When we sink below the surface of the ocean we are free"
- Jacques Cousteau
Our goal is to deliver an amazing dive experience that is safe, fun and educational, combined with the convenience of valet service. Udive, our own on-site dive operation, has experienced dive masters with local knowledge, a spacious dive boat and high quality rental gear. We are also fortunate to have a beautiful house reef located just off our shore, teeming with healthy coral and aquatic life. We are passionately committed to protecting the reef.
Udive is a PADI Resort Dive Operator with the following amenities:
• Hours of operation: 7am to 7pm
• Spacious, custom dive boat
• Dive equipment rentals
• PADI Educational Program with resort courses through IDC training
• Private equipment storage, fresh-water showers and rinse tanks
• Gear bag and tag system
• Valet service to move, rinse, and store your gear
• Shore diving directly from the resort’s beach
• Recompression chamber and physician in Utila Town
Udive is our full service dive operation located on Utopia Village's resort premises. An office, gear rental, guest locker room, and outdoor dive deck complete the Udive facilities.
The Dive Shop is open from 7am to 7pm. It will take care of all gear rental inquiries, daily dive information, course sign-ups, shore and night diving sign ups and specialty equipment sales. It has a full array of dive gear available for rental on a weekly or daily basis. Udive has brand new stock of Cressi and Mares regulators, BCD’s, gauges, wetsuits, and computers. All dive packages include tanks, weights and weight belts.
Personal gear storage is available to guests and is conveniently located next to the Dive Shop. The Guest Locker Room accommodates (30) oversized lockers including benches, water and towel service. The lockers were constructed for full height hanging storage. Guests are welcome to use this facility or use the hanging storage provided outside the hotel rooms. Upon arrival guests will be issued a locker that matches their room number. They will also be provided with a tagged gear bag for storage and handling while at Utopia Village. Our gear specialists will move all gear to and from the boat on a daily basis. The gear will be properly rinsed, dried in the shade and returned to your locker each day. Divers may request to handle their own gear. Items such as: photo equipment, dive computers, and specialty equipment, should be stored in the divers’ room and taken to and from the boat by the owner of that equipment.
The Dive Deck is a spacious area where divers can hang out before and after each dive. There are benches, outdoor showers, rinse tanks and hanging racks located in this area. Also, located here are the dive sign up and scheduling boards.
The Library Lounge facility is a place to relax or to watch dive videos and presentations on the large flat screen TV. Reef and fish ID books, as well as scuba magazines are located here.
Depending on the weather, divers will either board our boat, the Miss U, at our community dock (about 250 yards from the Dive Deck) or at the Casablanca dock (about 5 minutes drive in our Jungle Bus). The shore dive entry to our beautiful house reef is less than 50 yards from the Dive Deck.
All gear is transported and unloaded by our team as part of the included valet service for all boat dives, and on request for shore dives.
Sitting at the edge of the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, Utila’s crystal blue waters are teeming with colorful marine life. Utila has over 100 charted dive sites which include sea mounts, shallow fringing reefs and plunging walls that circumnavigate the Cayman Trench.
The North side of Utila is best known for its drop-offs, which are considered deep dives. The upper edge of the wall begins anywhere from 20-30 feet, with each dive site having a different topography and its own personality and marine growth. Inshore from the drop-offs, excellent medium to shallow coral reefs can be found with diving depths ranging from 20-55 feet which allows both novice and expert divers to enjoy the sites. With water temperatures averaging 80 degrees or warmer, gentle currents and 100 feet of underwater visibility, Utila will be a dive destination you will never forget.
The beauty of our house reef is beyond compare. Its shallow fissures with sandy bottoms and beautiful purple fan coral gardens just at our doorstep will tantalize shore divers. This reef is truly world class and has been dubbed by many visitors as their favorite "house reef". It has many ideal features that create a natural environment for shore diving, night diving and snorkeling excursions. A gradual descending beach leads to the wall, a 130 foot drop-off, a mere 150 yards from shore. The underwater terrain is suited for multi-level dives due to the two descending shelves. Plenty of unique landmarks make the area easy to navigate. The coral is plentiful, healthy and vibrantly colored. We have a big variety of Elkhorn coral and giant pillar corals. There are several sea mounds at 120 feet that are spread out at the breaking point between the coral shelf and the sandy seabed.
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The house reef off Utopia Village’s shore is one of the best dive sites in Utila and is excellent for diving (and weather-permitting, snorkeling). With its shallow entry, steep wall and numerous channels, it offers something for everyone. And with our brand new 170 ft dock, entering and exiting the water is easier than ever. Most divers will jump off the end of the dock and then exit up the steps on the way out. Gear can be put on and taken off on the dock or in the water. Dive packages include unlimited shore diving (weather-permitting). See more information on the house reef.
Utila is often called the Whale Shark capitol of the Caribbean. Sightings are more frequent in the months of March-April and August-September, but whale sharks have been spotted around the island year-round. Unlike pods of dolphins, that are also frequently found around Utila, whale sharks are usually solitary. But it is not uncommon for multiple whale sharks to be sighted in a single day along the northern shores of Utila. Our team of experienced boat captains and dive masters will give you the best opportunity to see and potentially snorkel with these amazing creatures. Please note that it is by no means guaranteed.
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