Deep Blue

Deep Blue Resort in Utila, Honduras is owned by Jasmine and Steve, two British Ex pats who moved to the island 5 years ago, during their time on Utila they have opened a dive shop in the main town of Utila and a small exclusive dive resort set in a beautiful beach front location which also offers wonderful shore diving.

The dive shop in town is a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm IDC Center and offers training from Open Water to Instructor and now also offers Technical Diving.

They have transferred this knowledge into the resort which is completely set up for divers and has it's own dive operation.

The resort was opened in 2004 and it’s aim is to provide a complete service to the diver, already they have had many returning divers and groups, who have become Deep Blue fans.

During their time on the island Jasmine and Steve have become heavily involved with conservation and have started one of the largest research programs on the Whale Shark, the largest fish in the sea and one of Utila’s most famous residents. They are also involved in a coral re-growth program and have helped to set up a coral nursery in the shallow waters in front of the resort.


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Utila Tourist information
Location

Utila is the smallest of the Bay Islands, 18 miles off the coast of Honduras next to the more famous island of Roatan.

History

Utila's history, like much of the other Bay Islands, has created a cultural legacy as rich and varied as it's physical landscape. The original descendants were pre-Columbian Paya Indians. They left many archaeological treasures, which are scattered throughout the higher flat lands of the island. These Indians flourished on the island until colonization began by the Spanish in the early 1500's. Over the next century, the Spanish plundered the island for it's slave trade and, ultimately, eliminated the Indians. By the early 1600's. Britain, in it's aggressive attempt to colonize the Caribbean from the Spanish, occupied the Bay Islands on and off during 1550-1700. In this time frame, the Buccaneers found the vacated, mostly unprotected Islands a haven for safe harbor and transport. Utila is rich in pirate lore and to this day, scuba divers look for sunken treasure from Captain Morgan's lost booty from his raid on Panama in 1671.

The British were forced to give back the Bay Islands to the Honduran government in the mid-1800's. It was at this time that the nearly uninhabited island was being seeded by it's now Caymanian roots. To this date, it remains rich in Caymanian culture and dialect.

Utila has been a part of Honduras for over 150 years. Yet it's nature reflects it's independence and it's local government works diligently to promote and protect Utila's unique and wonderful culture.

Things to do on Utila

Utila is primarily a diving island but you can take a trip to the Utila Cay’s and spend a day snorkeling on your own deserted island, there is horseback riding and walking tours to different parts of the island.



Deep Blue Accommodation

All rooms are ocean front with their own private balcony, each room is fully equipped with air conditioning, fans, refrigerator and private en suite bathroom.

Deep Blue fully inclusive

Deep Blue is a fully inclusive dive resort, the package includes unlimited shore diving, 3 full meals a day (cooked to the highest western standards) 3 boat dives per day and ocean front room with your own private balcony.

The resort was set up to cater for the vacationing diver, offering first class quality and service alongside a homely welcoming atmosphere, arrive as guests, leave as friends.


Dive Sites

Utila is proud to boast a stunning array of dive sites around the island. Outside your room you have full access to unlimited shore diving on 3 of the south side’s best sites.

South of the island is mainly fringing reefs with wonderful shallow coral heads, a dream for snorkelers and divers alike with drop off’s to approx 100/120ft.

North side a mix of fringing reefs and huge walls, Utila is the only Bay Island on the edge of the Meso American reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, here you have dive sites with vertical drops that disappear thousands of feet into the abyss.

There are also sea mounds half mile to a mile off shore, mountains underwater which come to near the surface and are encrusted with beautiful coral reefs and gently swaying soft corals.


Deep Blue’s commitment to the ocean’s Whale Sharks

When the owners of Deep Blue moved to the island of Utila they were awestruck by the underwater beauty and the Whale Sharks, so much so that they have started a large research program into Whale Sharks, but in doing this they have made it possible for their customers to get involved.

In the past Whale Sharks were tagged with visual ID tags fired from a spear gun, this method has proved to be very intrusive to the creature so after searching for a long time they have teamed up with Ecocean who have developed a photo tagging system which is totally non invasive.

Photo tagging is a system that was developed by Ecocean, each Whale Shark has a ‘fingerprint’ behind the 5th gill and to be able to re identify the Whale Shark we photograph this area. It has been a huge success with photos that have been taken over the years. Deep Blue using Ecocean’s photo tagging system have re identified one shark every year between Utila sand Belize since 1999 with a total amount of photo tagged sightings of 11.

If the area needed for photo tagging is not visible it is still possible for customers to enter their photo into the encounter database for further use, all photo’s that are entered are fully protected.

If any one has any photos sitting at home they can still enter them in the Ecocean library, or if they were taken in Honduras go to Deep Blue’s specially designed website www.UtilaWhaleSharkResearch.com and enter your photos there, every photo could help researchers.


Deep Blue’s commitment to the oceans Coral

For many years the ocean has been depleted, through disease and over fishing, of two important corals; Staghorn and Elkhorn. Deep Blue have become active in helping to regenerate this coral by setting up special areas for coral nurseries. Broken pieces of these endangered corals are collected and strung on the nursery frames, they are then allowed to grow protected from smothering, algae and other aquatic life which kill them. Once they are strong enough they are replanted on the reefs.


 

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