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One week Mar-April ... Roatan or somewhere else?

Discussion in 'Central America' started by Hollieag02, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. Hollieag02

    Hollieag02 Angel Fish

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    Howdy!
    I have a week to spend. Last week of March/first week of April. Was thinking I’d hit Utila and Roatan.
    Advice? Dive ops on the islands you’d recommend?
    Bug spray is already packed! Thanks
     
  2. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

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    Pick one or the other. Doing both islands in the same week is not a good idea or advisable. What are your dive goals and objectives?
     
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  3. Hollieag02

    Hollieag02 Angel Fish

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    Thanks for the advice. My dive goals are to get in the ocean low standards, but hey, I’m landlocked!
    I’ve never been to Honduras and just wanting to check it out. I’ve heard there’s a chance this time of year to see whale sharks, which would be cool. If also love to do a variety of dives. As I understand it, most of Utila is one side of the island and Roatan is more diverse in locations and types of dives?
     
  4. Hoag

    Hoag Loggerhead Turtle

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    I have a bunch of friends from central NY (Rome NY) who are going to CocoView that week. They are a great group and welcome others so that might be one option.

    CCV has been described by some as the closest thing to a LOB that you can do on dry land.
     
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  5. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    I tend to agree on picking one of the islands if you only have a week. Packing up and changing location takes time that you won't be diving or exploring. OTOH, I believe there is better ferry service between the islands than there used to be which might make splitting a week easier.

    Some of the resorts there are very oriented to Sat- Sat stays, so staying for a few days may rule out a few places. CCV is actually one where a partial week might not work, and they are usually booked way in advance, but getting in with a group that has a week there could work out well. I would suggest looking for a last minute opening on the Aggressor, but they do appear to be booked that week.
     
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  6. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

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    Roatan has canyons and swimthroughs. On Utila there's apparently much better chance of seeing the big stuff, but the big stuff may or may not show up. Whereas the canyons and swimthroughs are not going anywhere.
     
  7. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

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    I assume you are traveling alone? Roatan will be easier to get to from a time standpoint. No direct flights to Utila. Have to stop in Roatan en route. If traveling solo, then I would recommend taking the advice from @Hoag and see if you can get in with that group and double up with someone to lower costs. CocoView will give you the maximum dive count in a week, if that is an objective. I have never been to Utila, so I cannot make any recommendations. If I were traveling solo and wanting to dive in the region, I would personally be looking at Cozumel. Depending on my resources, I would be looking at an AirBNB room downtown or a room at either Suites Colonial, Suites Bahia, Casa Mexicana or Hotel Mary Carmen. I would be looking to book my dives with Blue XT Sea, Tres Pelicanos or any number of great dive ops.
     
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