U Dive, Utopia’s on site dive operation, is fully equipped with high-end rental gear and a custom dive boat. Utopia Village is committed to providing a fun and safe diving environment. Our best asset is the beautiful house reef located just off our shore teaming with healthy reef and fish life. U Dive is focused not only on providing the best equipment and staff, but also building an atmosphere that will both educate and foster the enjoyment of sharing underwater experiences. The number one focus is the need to protect Utila’s most precious asset, the reef.
U Dive is a PADI Resort Dive Operator with the following amenities:
- Hours of operation: 7 AM to 7 PM
- Custom dive boat
- Dive equipment rentals
- PADI continuing Educational Program that offers resort courses through IDC training
- Convenient private equipment storage, fresh-water showers and rinse tanks
- Gear bag and tag system
- Gear specialists to move, rinse, and store your gear, unless otherwise requested.
- Shore diving off the Utopia premises is weather permitting. It is recommended to use a
DM for the first shore dive to familiarize yourself with the terrain.
- In town decompression chamber and physician
1.0 U DIVE FACILITY
U Dive is a full service dive operation located on Utopia Village's resort premises. An office, gear rental, guest locker room, and outdoor dive deck complete the U Dive facilities.
The Gear Room is open from 7 AM to 7 PM for gear rental inquiries and daily dive information including sites, course sign-ups, shore and night diving sign ups and specialty equipment sales. There is a full array of dive gear available for rental on a weekly or daily basis. U Dive has a brand new stock of Cressi Sub regulators, BCD’s, gauges, wetsuits, and computers. All dive packages include tanks, weights and weight belts. Shore diving tanks are filled at this location in the Compressor Bodega. Utopia Village packages include complimentary snorkel gear that may be checked out on a daily basis from the Gear Room.
Personal gear storage is available to guests and is conveniently located next to the Gear Room. The Guest Locker Room accommodates (25) oversized lockers including benches, water and towel service and a restroom facility. 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. 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 boards and scheduling boards.
The Library Lounge facility is utilized to watch dive videos and presentations on the large flat screen TV. Reef and fish ID books, as well as, scuba magazines are also located here.
Our biggest asset is the house reef located just in front of Utopia and U Dive. Utopia Village is the only Utila resort to have its environmental permit; therefore, our dock is built some distance away from the shop just off our property in an approved location by the preservation society. Divers are asked to walk about two-football fields length to and from the dock to board U Dive’s boat The Miss “U”. All gear is transported via the jungle bus or 4-wheelers.