Utila Island is one of the three Bay islands of Honduras. It is also the smallest, located only thirty kilometers off the north coast of Honduras. It is 11 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide at its widest point. Utila’s only town is in East Harbor and has about 3000 permanent inhabitants. English is the dominant language here, though most residents are bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.
The world’s second largest reef system extends to the Bay Islands, and abundant sea life surrounds the waters around the island. Combine this with crystal blue 85 degree Fahrenheit (30 degree Celsius) water, visiblity of 100 to 150 feet (30 to 50 meters), it is considered to be one of the cheapest places to get a diver certification. There are 12 dive shops in the small town providing PADI certifications from beginner to professional levels.
As is common in the Caribbean there are only 2 seasons. Rainy season from November to January and dry season from February to October.
To the west of the island are a small set of cayes, many of which are inhabited. A visit to Pigeon Cay for a fish burger at Susan’s Cafe is highly recommended. To the east is Roatan Island, 30 kilometers distant. If you’re traveling through Central America by bus, get to the city of La Ceiba. Daily ferry service is available aboard the Utila Princess. If you’re flying Copa, Taca, American and Continental airlines have daily flights to Honduras . Then catch connection to Utila with Sosa or Atlantic airlines.
There are various types of accommodations available on Utila, from cheap backpacker rooms to fancy upscale resorts. The island will be full for these events we recommend making reservations for your hotel well in advance.