Deep Blue Resort - Honduras

Seven-Night Scuba-Diving Trip with Accommodations and all Meals at Deep Blue Resort in Honduras

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Diving Resort on Remote Caribbean Island

The whale shark is the largest fish in the world and one of the most mysterious. Its lifespan seems to fall somewhere between 70 and 150 years, and it has never been observed mating or giving birth. But one thing's for certain: the creatures are exceedingly docile. In fact, they're usually so focused on gulping up plankton that they pay little attention when divers swim alongside them. You can see these gentle giants for yourself on a seven-day retreat to the PADI Five Star–awarded Deep Blue Resort, located on a remote island in Honduras where whale sharks can be found year-round.

Each day of the trip, trained scuba experts lead three Caribbean Sea boat dives setting out from some of the 90 dive sites scattered throughout the island. These extended trips are your best chance to spot whale sharks, as well as dolphins, mantas, and schools of colorful fish. Expeditions from the north side of the island focus on exploring the huge barrier reef located just off the coast. The reef is distinguished by sheer wall drops of more than 3,000 feet and is home to a wide array of marine life. Among the snapshot-worthy inhabitants, there are seahorses, frogfish, and tons of clownfish all riding in one tiny car.

Surrounded by coconut palms, fruit trees, and wild orchids, Deep Blue Resort sits on a private beach accessible only by boat. In between dives, you can refuel with complimentary meals provided in the resort restaurant. Chefs create homestyle dishes to accommodate all tastes—including vegan and vegetarian—and they stock a selection of fine wines. You can also grab a drink at the clubhouse lounge, which is outfitted with a full-service bar and a pool table.

Utila, Honduras: Secluded Caribbean Diving Destination

One of the three Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras, Utila is best accessed by ferry from the mainland, though flights come in a few times a week from the mainland or the neighboring island of Roatan. Mangrove forests laden with orchids carpet 90% of Utila, which is also the only place in the world where you'll find the swamper iguana. Deep Blue Resort offers boat rides to the island’s only town, which hugs a natural harbor to the southeast. The small Caribbean hamlet is filled with markets, shops, and oceanfront bars perched on stilts.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Seven-night diving package for two with meals and accommodations, valid for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay $400 fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.

  • Option 1: $999, diving equipment not included (up to a $1,700 value)
  • Option 2: $1,139, diving-equipment rental included (up to a $2,000 value)

Included in second option:

  • Regulator
  • BCD
  • Shorty wetsuit
  • Note: booties, fins, masks, snorkels, and nitrox-tank rental are not included. Rental rates are available here.

Included in all options:

  • Seven nights' oceanfront accommodations
  • Three boat dives per day
  • Two boat night dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • Three full meals a day
  • Internet service
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome drink
  • All coffee, tea, water, and iced tea
  • Free snorkeling
  • Free kayaking

Policies and Fees

Solo Traveler Fees:

  • $400

Book by: 6/29/13
Travel by: 9/30/13

  • Blackout dates: no blackout dates
  • Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations are subject to a $66 fee. 90 days cancellation notice required or $116 fee; 61 days or fee of 50% of Groupon price; 31 days or fee of Groupon price
  • Taxes: 16% tax not included
  • Additional fees: $400 solo travel fee, $35 departure tax per person and daily $4 reef fee not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Three boat dives per day and two night dives
  • Three meals a day
  • Daily boat shuttles to and from town
  • Social clubhouse with WiFi, bar, and pool

The Fine Print

  • Book by 6/29/13 or promo value expires
  • Valid for travel 5/20/13-9/30/13
  • Valid only for Saturday check-in
  • Limit 2/person + 1 as gift
  • Limit 2/visit
  • $400 solo traveler fee
  • $66 fee to cancel
  • 90 days cancellation req'd or $116 fee; 61 days or fee of 50% of Groupon price; 31 days or fee of Groupon price
  • Credit card required at booking
  • Must be 18+ to check in & to consume alcohol, 12+ to stay
  • SCUBA certification required
  • Does not include alcohol
  • $4 reef fee per day per guest, $35 Honduran departure tax, & 16% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Private balcony with Caribbean views
  • Air conditioning

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Checkout: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: not available
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Age restrictions: must be 12 or older to stay
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: the nearest airport is Utila Airport (UII), but you’ll have to connect through La Ceiba or Roatan
  • By ferry: ferries run several times a day from La Ceiba on the mainland; the cost is approximately $22 each way.
  • Click here for more information on how to get to Utila.

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.

Customer Reviews

Awesome. Definitely recommend.
Marc H. · November 28, 2013
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