Ecomarine Gunter´s Dive Shop

Ecomarine Gunter´s Dive Shop is an official PADI Resort with a long diving history on Utila. It is located in the friendly neighborhoods of Sandy Bay, just a minute or two from the beach. We are Specialists in quality scuba diving instruction, in a FUN environment.

We offer:

  • Experienced long term instructors
  • Small Class sizes – 4 maximum
  • Free DAN (Divers Alert Network) Insurance during Open Water courses
  • Excellent equipment managed by certified Scuba technician
  • 3 Dive boats
  • Regular North Side Diving and whale shark sightings
  • Courses in English, German, Spanish, Hebrew, French, Italian, Portugese and Japanese
  • Kayak and snorkel equipment rental (snorkel etc. free for divers)
  • Camera and dive computer rental
  • Charters to Roatan and Cayos Cochinos
  • FREE internet use for divers

Dive Shop Facilities:
Sundeck with hammocks, deck chairs, outdoor study area AND music - great for relaxing and chilling out with friends, old and new.

From Utila Municipal Dock, turn LEFT along the main street and walk for approximately 10 minutes. We are located on the left hand side of the main street just past Captain Jacks restaurant.


Diving on Utila

A diver's heaven and a tropical paradise, the average 80-degree waters that surround our tropical getaway offer comfortable year-round diving pleasure. Utila is surrounded by a magnificent reef with soft coral and sea fans, deep walls and sea mountains. There is something for everybody.


About Utila

The island of Utila is nestling in the Caribbean Sea and approximately 18 miles (29 km) from the Honduras mainland port of La Ceiba. The island is just 11 km long and 4 km at its widest and surrounded by vast coral reefs with prolific undersea life. Utila is the smallest of the major islands in The Bay Islands group and is renowned for being one of the least expensive but very beautiful places in the world for a scuba diving vacation.


Getting here

By Air
The main International Airports in Honduras are located in Tegucigulpa (the national capital) and San Pedro Sula. To avoid complications in connecting flights, international visitors to Utila tend to fly to San Pedro Sula and then take the connecting flight via La Ceiba to Utila. As at 1-Jan-2005, Aerolineas SOSA and Atlantic Airlines are the only airlines with scheduled flights to Utila and operate these flights with small 15-20 passenger aircraft. The nearby island of Roatan also takes international flights. The schedules of Aerolineas SOSA and Atlantic Airlines are designed to connect with these international flights and then it's only a 15 minute connecting flight to Utila.

By Sea
The ferry to Utila, the Utila Princess, usually leaves twice daily from the Mulle de Cabotage (the docks) in La Ceiba.
Time Schedule (effective from 1st February 2006) :
Depart Utila for La Ceiba: 6:20 am
Depart La Ceiba for Utila: 9:30 am
Depart Utila for La Ceiba: 2:00 pm
Depart La Ceiba for Utila:4:00 pm
Fares: Adults : 300.00 Lempira (approx $US 15 one-way for tickets)



Stay in our Backpacker Lodge surrounded by a unique Caribbean atmosphere. Located in one of the friendliest neighborhoods in town - Sandy Bay, we are located just a minute or two from the beach.

Number of Rooms:
8 private rooms with a double bed in each.
2 dormitory rooms with 4 bunk beds in each.

Private Room: $5.00 per room per night for divers with Ecomarine, $10.00 for non-divers.

Dormitory Room: $2.00 per person per night for divers with Ecomarine, $4.00 for non-divers.

Kitchen facilities, nearby restaurant and bar, Ecomarine Gunter's Dive Shop across the street.

The Colibri Hill Resort is a small, new resort located in Sandy Bay, just a few minutes from Ecomarine Gunter's Dive Shop. Just 5 minutes from the public beach and the town the resort offers comfort and style together with a relaxing atmosphere. All rooms have ocean and lagoon views right from the porch.

Facilities: Swimming pool, Mami Tree Bar, Pool Bar and restaurant.

For more information please see their




Open Water: 3 – 4 days, Total Price $ 238
Advanced Open Water: 2 – 3 days, Total Price $ 235
EFR: 1 day, Total Price$ 60
Rescue: 2 - 3 days, Total Price $ 238
Dive Master: 3 – 8 weeks, Total Price $ 780
Assistant Instructor: 3-5 days, Price $209 + extras (books etc.)
Scuba Tune up: 1 day (on the boat) , Cost of 1 dive + $13
Scuba Tune up: 1 day (off the dock), Total Price $ 30

Dive packages

1 tank: $ 25, Reef Fee $3, Total Price $ 28
2 tanks: $45 ($22.50), Reef Fee $3, Total Price $ 48
6 tanks: $ 132 ($22), Reef Fee depending on your schedule
8 tanks: $ 168 ($21), Reef Fee depending on your schedule
10 tanks: $ 200 ($20), Reef Fee depending on your schedule

Night Dive:1 tank dive, $ 45, Reef Fee$ 3, Total Price $ 48
Night dive (in package): 1 tank dive counts as 2 tanks of package, Reef Fee $ 3

Please note: Prices subject to change without notice. Reef Fee: $3 per day. For any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.


Sailboat Tours

Take a Sailboat tour of the Bay Islands! Captain Rusty has been operating his Sailboat Tours & Charters out of Utila harbor for over 10 years. Travel with him on his 40ft motor sailboat "Brazen" to those out-of-the-way locations around the Bay Islands of Honduras that other tourists just don't get to see!

For further information please see "Sailboat Tours" at .

Contact Information:
Tel:+ (504) 353 7187, VHF: 69 Call Sign "Brazen", Email: or at Ecomarine Gunter's Dive Shop in Sandy Bay.



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