The smallest of the three major Bay Islands, Utila lies closest to the Honduran Mainland and is by far the flattest of the islands. Utila is located approximately 18 miles from the coast and can be easily reached from La Ceiba either by sea or air. Utila is serviced by the Utila Princess passenger ferry providing a total of two daily departures, making it easy to get to Utila from La Ceiba. The Ferry departs from the Muelle de Cabotaje in La Ceiba. The trip takes only one hour on this fast motor vessel. Tickets can be purchased directly at the dock. For schedules check our information chart at the transportation information on the first pages of this publication. Arrival in Utila is at the municipal dock, conveniently located in the central area of east harbor. Air service is available daily via Sosa Airlines. There are some charter air services available from both La Ceiba and Roatan that can help you get in or out of Utila.
The main town in Utila is known as East Harbour or simply Utila, and is located on the eastern side of the Island, between the Upper Lagoon and the Lower Lagoon. The Upper Lagoons entrance is between the old airstrip and town, precisely where the only bridge in the road between the airport and town is located. Thus, some of the rooms and dive shops are actually located right on the lagoon, such as Sharkeys Reef and Crosscreek Hotel. The main road is paved until the end of town, however, a dirt road continues and will take you as far as Blue Bayou, which is very popular with many backpackers and offers one of the few beaches in Utila. The Blue Bayou is located at the entrance to the Lower Lagoon.