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*'''Diving''' - Utila boasts the cheapest Open Water courses in the Caribbean, price is currently $225-$300 USD for PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, or Rescue Course. Typically this also includes a basic hostel room during the course, and a couple of fun dives after completion. Be sure to shop around as every shop offers its own unique atmosphere and some are definitely better than others. In 2011 and 2010 the '''Utila Dive Centre''' [http://www.utiladivecentre.com] was awarded #1 PADI Instructor training facility in the Americas by international training agency PADI.
*'''Kayaking''' - You can rent kayaks near Chepes beach (just ask a restaurant/dive shop where) and carry it across the road to the lagoon north of the beach. Once in the lagoon you can kayak the hand-dug canal through the mangroves all the way across the island to a beach on the north side. A fun way to spend half a day, be sure to bring some water and sunscreen. $10USD for a half day in a 2 person kayak (as of January 2014).
== Utila SCUBA diving facilities ==
The island has a wide variety of fruit, seafood meals, pasta, vegetarian and breakfast fitting for a king with fresh and full-bodied coffee. Many establishments offer a discount for larger groups, so be sure to round up a posse at your hostel before you go out to eat.
*Check the '''Bundu Cafe''' (aka Buccaneer's) daily for their specials which are always changing and never disappoint. Also a great place to enjoy a margarita.
*Not to be missed is '''RJ's''' located across from '''Alton's Dive Center''' furthest east from the ferry dock. The BBQ is great with mostly fresh seafood and the "Ruminade"(home-made lemonade with local rum) is just what you need after a long day of diving. Only open Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
*'''La Piccola''' has the best italian food on the island, with a classy atmosphere. This place is truly a labour of love for the owner, Kate. Be sure to try the hand-made ravioli!</drink>*'''The Jade Seahorse''' just opened a vegetarian restaurant with amazing 5 bean burgers and hummus! The chef is local musician Jack Fivecoate, who can be found playing gigs around the island.
*Great for people watching and with very reasonable prices, you can't go wrong at '''Munchies'''. Their long hours mean you're likely to still get a meal there after everywhere else has closed.
*If you want to splurge, try the '''Mango Inn'''. Beautiful surroundings, excellent liquor selection, and a giant wood burning stove that ensures some of the best pizza on the island.
*'''Mainstreet Lounge''' (formerly Dave's) has a small menu but everything on it is fantastic and fairly priced. The enchiladas are a personal favorite of many.
*If you're craving something different, '''Indian Foo King Wok''' (in front of Tranquilla bar) is not to be missed. The menu changes daily, serving Asian fusion. This restaurant also features the only sushi on the island.*'''Mermaids''' offers an inexpensive buffet, pizzas, sandwiches and smoothies.
Finally, no trip to Honduras is complete without eating a few baleadas. They're cheap and everywhere; street vendors dot the island. Ask other travellers as not all baleadas are created equal. The super baleada from '''Thompson's Bakery''' is a great choice.
==Drink==
*There is no shortfall in entertainment with the consistent danceable music of '''Coco Locos''', the bar on a dock with drink specials each night. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Try the least expensive drinks on Utila.Coco Loco, a frozen rum drink served in a coconut!
*'''Gonzo's Deco Stop''' is a new bar that took over the old Rehab spot. Gonzo is an excellent chef, offering up delicious dinners every night. Try the tacos!
*Enjoy the psychadelic and open-air feel of '''Treetanic''', perched up in a tree straight ahead from the ferry dock. The owner has spent over a decade and a half perfecting this work of art. Not to be missed.
*Local divers can be found recounting stories of Whale Sharks at '''Tranquilla''', on the water beside Coco Loco. This is a very popular place to watch the sun set.
*'''Bundu Café''' offers free movie nights and live music Jam on Thursdays.
*'''Skid Row''' is popular with ex-pats. Also one of the only places you can get Guifiti (Honduran moonshine). L200 gets you a 4-shot Guifiti challenge and the chance to win one of the numerous Skid Row Bar t-shirts.
*<drink name="Cafe Mariposa" alt="" address="Calle Central" directions="Behind Banco Atlantida" phone="+504 9754 9957" url="http://www.thecafemariposa.com" hours="11AM-10PM" price="mid-range" lat="" long="">Under new management for just three months as of March 2009, this place is causing a lot of interest because of its delicious food and drinks, great service, and unmatched views of the harbor at sunset. There are daily specials and a great atmosphere to help you relax and enjoy your time on the island.</drink>
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