Scuba diving enthusiasts will be in for a treat summer after the date of the Utila Dive Festival in Honduras’ Bay Islands was announced. The week-long festival, where visitors can enjoy scuba diving adventures, competitions, dancing, dining, and fun games, will be taking place from 22nd to 28th June, 2013.
The dive operators in Utila are working together to provide an array of events and activities that will allow divers to enjoy fun-packed scuba diving holidays and the chance to discover the breathtaking underwater world.
The first Utila Festival took place in August last year and was a huge success so organisers are inviting diving and non-diving tourists to enjoy a week of events and activities such as photography competitions, advanced buoyancy workshops, reef ecology and whale shark talks, and Tec and Sidemount try dives. There will be prizes worth more than $10,000, including a Liquivision dive computer; LeisurePro gift vouchers between the value of $25 and $200; and two GoPro Hero II cameras, two Sealife DC1400 cameras and two Reefmaster cameras; and scuba diving holidays and courses at local dive resorts and centres.
The island borders the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (the second largest reef in the world) and boasts crystal-clear ocean waters that are teeming with magnificent marine species including manta rays, dolphins, and the world’s largest fish – the Whale Shark.
Utila is one of the leading scuba diving destinations for beginners but over the years, it has become a popular spot for divers of all abilities. With more than 60 diving sites to discover, visitors can enjoy plenty of scuba diving adventures, including cave diving, tunnel exploration, and wreck diving.
Located south of Belize in the Western Caribbean, the island has a selection of scuba diving resorts, courses and packages, as well as charming family-run BandBs, hotels, restaurants, beachfront bars, shops, thriving nature reserves and white sand beaches.