A unique Caribbean dive resort
Utila, Bay Islands
Dive Resort Operator
As a Dive Resort Operator, Utopia Village and Udive cater to recreational scuba and snorkelers. Udive offers activities such as recreational scuba and snorkeling instruction, Discover Scuba Diving experiences, guided dives and snorkeling excursions from the shore or a boat, as well as dive equipment rentals.
Refresher Course Policy
If your last dive was:
Please contact dive shop for assessment prior to booking your dives.
Utopia welcomes junior divers ages 15 years or older. Parents must provide a written statement authorizing a legal guardian. Junior Divers are permitted to dive to 60 feet deep with a PADI professional, parent or legal guardian.
Contact us for divers younger than 15 years old.
Choosing a Dive Site
The final decision on what dive site to visit is the responsibility of the boat captain and dive master. They will definitely consider and try to accommodate requests from guests, but factors like the needs of the larger group, weather conditions and safety considerations will impact their decision. There is a “first come, first served” policy for the moorings around Utila, and sites cannot be pre-booked or guaranteed.
Safety & Conservation
Utila’s recompression chamber is located in Utila Town at Bay Island College of Diving. Utopia Village and Udive are members of the Utila Dive Safety & Environmental Council (UDSEC), an association that endorses safe diving practices and encourages environmental conservation among its members. Divers are encouraged to stay above 100 feet. The weekly reef fee is for education, preservation, and conservation of Utila’s reef system. The Utila Reef Fee also contributes to the maintenance of dive site buoys and the availability of the Utila Hyperbaric Chamber.
UDSEC, together with local dive operators, make it their business to protect the natural beauty Utila has to offer. The reef, which encircles the island, has taken centuries to develop and we are passionate about its protection and preservation.
For the future enjoyment of everyone in The Bay Islands, residents and visitors must act responsibly and keep the following things in mind while underwater:
For Udive, the maximum ratio is one Dive Master per ten certified divers on each guided dive. Our average ratio is closer to 5 or 6. We provide one instructor for every four Resort Course students. Udive does not allow divers to dive solo. but if needed a staff member can join a diver without a partner.
Udive welcomes dive computers aboard all of our dive boats. We ask that you follow the following rules if you plan to dive with a computer:
Generally, wetsuits are not needed during the summer months, as the water temperature is approximately 85 degrees. Guests may choose to wear a 3mm shorty wetsuit or dive skin. In winter, a long wetsuit either 3mm or 5mm is recommended. Those who get chilled easily may want to use a hoodie during the winter months.
If your certification is listed below you may qualify to enroll in the PADI Adventure Diver and/or the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver courses.
Other certifications may qualify for enrollment in the Adventures in Diving program. To be considered, your certification must show proof of an entry-level scuba certification with a minimum of four open water-training dives.
Alcohol and Diving
For safety reasons, we ask that divers refrain from drinking alcohol before and in between dives. Our resort staff will not serve alcohol to divers that still plan to dive on the same day.
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