So I keep hearing Will Smith’s “I’m going to Miami” song in my head – except I’m replacing Miami with Utila! I had only heard of Utilia a few days before I left Roatan when our Land’s End Manager Adi mentioned the island. Utila is one of the Bay Islands a couple of hours away from Roatan and a scuba diving haven. To get to Utila, you either have to fly to Honduras and then take a ferry or a small plane to Utila (the plane ride is around $225 per person) OR you can visit Roatan and take a boat ride for a couple hours and reach the mysterious island. So what goes on in Utila. Check out this video!
So after watching this AWESOME video, I decided to blog about the topics and proffer research about the party island of Utila as my curiosity is sparked to the highest level!
1. Tranquila Bar
♫ No Matter what they say, be careful on Tequila Tuesday ♫ the video warns.
THIS IS A FACT!
The Tranquila Bar is responsible for Tequila Tuesday where shots of Tequila are .50 cents! With blazing fire torch shows and a relaxed pier overlooking the ocean, it is no wonder why Tequila Tuesday is so dangerous. For a measly $10, you could have consumed twenty shots of Tequila!
2. DiveMaster Inauguration
♫ The last I remember I was drinking up my mask and woke up with a snorkel up my a–♫ After some research, I found that this line is somewhat of an initiation process to become a DiveMaster on Utila (excluding the snorkel up the you know what). A anonymous source quotes “A tradition in Utila when you finish your dive master course is to do a ‘snorkel test’. This basically involves wearing a diving mask full of beer while drinking alcohol forcibly through a snorkel that has been turned into a beer bong. Once you’ve cleared the mask you can officially be inaugurated as a DiveMaster.”
Personally, I would create an initiation where you have to scuba dive in heels. This hottie and me see it the same way! But just remember ♫ In Utila you can do what you please, you can do whatever you like! ♫
3. Dr. John Patrick McVay at the Community Clinic
♫ If you got something wrong go to Dr. John, he’s a doctor with no t-shirt on, he’s got short sight, he’s out all night but Dr. John will make you right! ♫ So the million dollar question is: is Dr. John real? The answer is: YES! Dr. John is played by himself in the video and you’ve already met him! Dr. John started the Utila Community Clinic and despite Dr. John’s eccentric ways, he has been praised from sources to be a very good doctor and the island is lucky to have him. Officially, Dr. John is Dr. John McVay, a USA Citizen, who is licensed to practice medicine in Ohio and Florida. His clinic is open 5 days a week, but Dr. John is effectively on call 24 x 7. The Clinic sees about 10-15 patients per day with everything from emergency/trauma to diabetic/hypertension maintenance. The Clinic is run on a not-for-profit basis, serving a local island community of some 2,500 people plus an itinerant tourist population. It’s $US 8.00 for an initial consultation and $US 5.00 for follow-up. Wow. If only Dr. John was in the states – $14 bucks doesn’t even come my insurance deductible!
An anonymous source states: “Dr. John’s ear drops have saved me from imminent ear infections.” As my father is in the medical field, I can honestly attribute that knowing a doctor is on the island and available on call 24-7 is reassuring and a huge commitment. So thank you Dr. John!
4. Skid Row
♫ Want a Skid Row T-Shirt, Can’t Buy that in Shop, if you want a Skid Row T-shirt, you have to do shots! ♫ What?! You can’t buy a T-shirt without taking shots?! This jingle has truth, but for $9.95, you can buy a t-shirt and skip the Guifity – if you want a T-shirt for free, you must participate in the Guifity T-Shirt Challenge! According to Jessica Johnson, to obtain a free t-shirt, you must down four shots of Guifity. In Jessica’s case, she had to down four shots in under two minutes, but she asked if there was a time limit before she started drinking. Of course, the bartender said yes. Oops.
However, according to Skid Row’s Facebook page, one shot of Guifity is 10 Lempira’s. 1 Lempira is equivalent to $.50 cents so for 4 shots, the T-shirt is equivalent to $2.00. So yes, if you pay for the $9.95 for the T-Shirt, you are technically getting ripped off. But what is Guifity?
Guifity is made with a rum and 20 herbs (one of which may include marijuana) and is fermented for three weeks. An anonymous source state: “During our two weeks on the Bay Island of Utila, we were able to closely study the effects of Guifity on young European tourists, and although we cannot speak to the aphrodisiac effects, we can attest to its ability to enhance, impair, and otherwise debilitate and based on our observations recommend that no one in a normal state of mind should take four shots in a row.” I think I am going to have to be the sucker who buys the T-Shirt for $9.95!
5. The Three Lies of Utila
♫ There are 3 lies of Utila that everyone knows and you should know them to: I love you [No you don’t], I’m leaving tomorrow [No you won’t] I’m not drinking tonight [Yes you will because the fact about that is you’re in Utila still!] ♫
This seems to be somewhat a validated fact. A source named Heather States: “Utila is a world within a world. It’s very hard to describe without actually going but I highly recommend it. The easiest way to describe it are the three lies of Utila.1. I love you, 2. I’m not drinking tonight, 3. I’m leaving on the morning ferry. Everyone hits one or two of them, most people hit all three. It’s a place that’s hard to leave and drags you into the lifestyle very quickly. Hard to resist a hammock on the dock all day watching the sun set and then partying until it rises again. Visit if you get the chance.” Hmmm…..
So to follow-up, it appears as if this video was very accurate in its truths. On a side note, from my investigative reporting skills, I wanted to follow up with a few other sources to give readers a better view of Utila.
Diving, Diving, Diving. There are 12 diving centers and from sources, the centers compete for all the business on the island and can be clicky. However, from a tourists point of view, you will see some of the most beautiful waters on a scuba adventure. Most people come to the island to dive and even the party crowd dives during the day and parties at night. However, as a tourist, you will get the cheapest dive packages at Utila.
The water is very clear and the temperature of the water makes it even more sublime. And yes, you can spear lionfish.
Utila Accomodations. In addition, Utila has something for every budget. If you are on a low budget, you can stay at the Blueberry Hill for $5.30 per night or go upscale at The Gardens at $55 per night, which includes free wifi. If you want a luxurious rental with two bedroom and a private, hand-laid glass mosaic swimming pool with 4 fountains and a waterfall, Utila has it, starting at $150 per night. Upscale houses can be rented for as little as $2,000 per week depending on what is needed for your stay. The residents are very friendly and more then willing to help you find the perfect spot!
After I receive permission, I will post a few contacts where if you are coming to Utila, you will be able to contact some of the locals who make Utila the wonderful place it is to be! A lot of your lodging and resorts are owned by Utila locals and getting to talk to them and get insight about the things to do on Utila is almost priceless, especially if you are a traveling to Utila for the first time! Going on vacation and already meeting friends is the way that Utilians like it and will also help you get the most out of your stay on Utila with good recommendations based on your needs!
*A Post Inspired by the Locals of Utila Will Be Here Shortly in the Future – Stay Tuned!*