A vacation to Utila Island is definitely on my bucket list. It is the westernmost island in Honduras' Bay Island chain and is one of the few places on Earth that you can see the gigantic whale shark year round.
The whale shark is the world's largest fish, growing to over 40 feet in length and weighing over 36 tons. Despite it's enormous size, it is a plankton feeder and considered docile towards divers. Scientists think that the whale sharks are attracted to the area by the bountiful plankton and rich nutrients brought in from the currents of the deep Cayman trench, located just northeast of the island.
Utila Island is a diving paradise surrounded by sparkling blue waters, an extensive coral reef teeming with sea life. With over 60 diving sites it's an ideal place to get your open water certification.
Where to stay: check out the Utila Dive Lodge, top rated on Tripadvisor. Be sure to check their Whale Shark package.
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