Utila - One of 10 Best Scuba Diving Destinations

Utila, in the Bay Islands, Honduras is one of the 10 best scuba diving destinations, according to OpenTravel  site. Other places include: Australia, Mexico, Indonesia, Belize, Micronesia, Vanuatu, Egypt, Thailand, and Maldives.

If hours under the water watching wild and abundant marine life is your type of thing, these are some of the world’s most spectacular dive destinations. Probably you have already visited one or even a few of those locations but I bet there’s at least one place you haven’t yet explored.

Utila Utila. By bubblesandbugs
If you search for an unspoiled dive spot, head for Utila. The smallest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, just 11 km (6.8 miles) long and 4 km (2.4 miles) at its widest, is surrounded by pristine crystal waters. It sits on top of the second largest fringing coral reef in the world. Empty beaches and waters, 60 different scuba diving sites with caves and numerous wrecks (such as the famous Halliburton) and an encounter with harmless whale shark - all come in a package. ~via OpenTravel.com

To learn a lot about Utila, you can visit this great —and properly named— website: AboutUtila.com  with plenty of useful information and fantastic photo galleries. If you are more into the better organized travel plans you can contact MC Tours - Honduras  who can put together a nice package for you including transportation to/from San Pedro Sula, with discounted rates in accommodations such as the Utopia Village or the Mango Inn.

A great place to see the giant Whale Shark, the world's largest fish. The "official" world record size, which is apparently listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, is 12.65m (41ft 6in). Have you have ever been swimming with Whale Sharks? I'd love to know how somebody achieved a measurement this accurate. How did they get the whale shark to stay still (and straighten out), while they ran the 50ft tape measure over its massive length?

Whale SharkScuba Diver encounters Whale Shark. By AboutUtila.com

Although more frequent in the months March-April and August-September, the Whale Shark is regularly sighted around the Island of Utila and unlike dolphins or other fish which tend to school or travel in pods, are usually solitary. That said, it is not uncommon for 5 or more singular Whale Sharks to be sighted in a single day along the northern shores of Utila. The tropical island of Utila is reckoned by some to be home to an annual rendezvous of these presumably migratory creatures who have been recorded traveling over 8,000 miles. ~via AboutUtila.com