By land, take a bus to [[La Ceiba]] where you can catch a ferry over. Its about an hour ride. The Ferry runs twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. The ferry fare as of November 2011 is 475 lps one-way, or $27 USD one-way. (see The Utila Princess [http://aboututila.com/TravelInfo/Utila-Princess/Index.htm] or [http://utilaguide.com/utilatravel/utilaprincess/] for current fares and schedules).
TACA, Delta, American and Continental all service Honduras. [http://air-viva.com air viva] offers domestic flights from La Ceiba, Roatan, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa.
==Geting around Utila==
The Utila Dive Centre is one of the words leading PADI Career Development Centers and in both 2011 and 2010 was awarded #1 rating by PADI Americas and Sport Diver magazine for Instructor development. You'll find all levels of instruction available, as the school was founded by backpackers for backpackers, and their commitment to professionalism but in a safe and fun manner makes them a well rounded choice for either learning to dive, or becoming a dive professional. They are associated with the luxury Mango Inn hotel, complete with onsite pool, and include accommodation there with the PADI courses. They probably have the longest serving team of Instructors on the island, which is always a good sign. They have 4 comfortable boats and run daily northside dive trips, and have a great record for finding whalesharks and dolphins, so good that GoPro cameras have even made several of their videos their choice of the day, and sponsored them as well, just ask about bow mounting your cameras on their boats as you ride out! Make sure you check them out when you visit Utila, their website [http://www.utiladivecenter.com/], +50424253326 or [email protected]
GROCERIES: There are many small grocery stores and corner stores to buy food for cooking. Almost all the hotels have shared public kitchens. Bush's is the largest grocery store, similar to a north american supermarket, but is considerably more expensive than everywhere else. At time of writing, the cheapest grocery stores were Mermaids and Tiende del Pueblo.
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Underwater Vision is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort owned and operated by the Coopers, a local family since 1991. The Coopers have been living on Utila for many generations and have been taking tourists beneath the waves since the mid-1970s. Their dive shop, resort and hotels (Trudy and Laguna del Mar), have expanded and changed since those times and continue to be a thriving centre for activity above and below the water. Offering PADI SCUBA diving courses from the beginner right through to the PADI Professional level (IDC and beyond), the multi-lingual, international staff of dive professionals are highly trained, experienced and enthusiastic about sharing their passion for diving with beginners and experienced divers alike. The record of quality instruction, outstanding safety and amount of return customers speak for the dedication that staff at all levels have toward their guests while maintaining a fun and light atmosphere! Dive and Accommodation packages are available and accommodation is free for divers for the duration of their courses while enrolled in the PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver. It is easy to go from hotel room to classroom to dive boat all within steps of each other! The stunning beach front property is conducive to relaxation with abundant hammocks strung between a grove of trees, deck chairs and lounge chairs available at the water’s edge, or just laying a towel down in the sand. The bar and restaurant are open daily from 6am to 10 pm serving all meals and a variety of refreshing beverages. A Beach volleyball court sees action daily just before the sunset steals the show! The dive boats are well maintained, comfortable and fast, taking fun divers, divers on courses and snorkelers to the multitude of dive sites around the island, three times a day. The experienced boat captains have incredible accuracy when it comes to sighting whalesharks and dolphins. Monthly dive for debris and beach clean-ups are initiated at Underwater Vision heeding the commit to maintaining Utila and it’s reef for generations to come. Contact: [email protected] Phone: +(504) 24253130 Web Address: www.utilascubadiving.com