There are over eighty stunning dive sites in Utila and it's no surprise the area has a reputation for offering world-class diving. Among some of its gems are a wreck, a reef surrounding Utila's lighthouse and a turtle marine reserve.
Marine life includes gorgonians, rope sponges, octopus, spiny lobster, Creole wrasse, king mackerel, barracuda, moray eels and of course - turtles. One of the jewels in the Utila crown is whale sharks: you can swim with these majestic giants - a mesmerising experience - in specific seasons.
Overall, Utila's diverse reef landscape and abundance of dive sites means that divers of all levels can enjoy the stunning marine environment, with lots of deep dives available for advanced divers.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
International flights do not go to Utila directly. You'll need to take a flight to one of three airports: Golosón International Airport (LCE), Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) or Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP).
Golosón International Airport (LCE) is closest to Utila, located on the coast in the small city of La Ceiba. From here you can take a ferry across to Utila. Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) - located further inland - offers commercial flights direct to Utila.
If you don't want to fly to Utila, public transport is available to take you to La Ceiba, where you can get the ferry across to Utila. From Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) - located on Roatan - you have a range of options to get to Utila, including ferry, charter boat, afternoon scheduled flight or charter plane.