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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Swim With Whale Sharks in Utila


4. Insider’s Tip

The Nina Elisabeth II is the best way to get from Roatán to Utila.  

Getting to Utila can be a hassle since there are no nonstop flights, but now the easiest way to get there is also the most pleasant and inexpensive. In past years, you’d have to fly to neighboring isle Roatán or La Ceiba on the mainland and then take another flight or charter a boat. Now, simply fly directly to Roatán and take advantage of the new daily service on the Nina Elisabeth II (504-3346-2600), a 39-foot catamaran that shuttles between Utila’s East Harbor and Roatán’s West End ($55). The three-and-a-half-hour trip is gorgeous, and you’ll occasionally spot dolphins on the way.

Published on Mar 24, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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