Welcome to Utila

The island is only about 13km long and 5km wide, and is focused around Utila Town, the island's only settlement, which is set on a curving bay with two small beaches and dozens of hotels, restaurants, bars and dive shops. There are few roads and much of the island is impenetrable wilderness accessible only by sea.

Another draw: juvenile whale sharks – gentle giants measuring up to 6m long – are spotted around the island. Spotting one is like winning the ocean jackpot.

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