Light sea kayaks make a fine way to explore the canals in the center of the island or to tie off at dive buoys and snorkel. Make sure to get detailed directions to find the southern mouth of the cross-island canal, as it can be tricky to locate.
Besides the kayaks at Bando Beach, Ecomarine Gunter’s (tel. 504/425-3350) and Cross Creek (tel. 504/425-3134) both rent sea kayaks for US$7 half-day, US$10 full-day, slightly more for a double kayak.
Note: Visitors should take good care when paddling out into the open water on sea kayaks. Choppy waters and ocean winds can quickly get the better of inexperienced kayakers. If in any doubt at all, stick close to shore and be absolutely sure you have enough energy not only to get out, but to get back, too.
Yacht skippers should call VHF channel 16 to request check-in and clearance-procedure information with Utila Harbour Authority (in Spanish), or go visit the port captain’s office next to the police station. Anchoring is permitted in East Harbour  and in the Utila Cays Channel for a US$10 monthly fee; always use anchor lights, and do not empty bilges in the harbor or near land.
Larger boats may dock at the municipal wharf for a daily docking fee, or get in touch with Troy Bodden at the fuel dock (tel. 504/425-3264), who has water and power hookups for free, but only to take on fuel and water and shop in town. The owners of Utila Lodge  (tel. 504/425-3143) can also help find a place to dock.
Fishing trips can be arranged through local fishermen, and lots of signs are up around town. Tarpon, bone fish, mullet, white pompano, and flying fish are all common to the waters around Utila . Fishermen are also happy to arrange trips to the Utila Cays .