Located about 20 minutes or about 2 miles away from the Island, Black Hills is a mound in the middle of the sea. It provides the opportunity to see lots of different marine life. It is a hard site to find without a GPS as there isn’t always a marker and best experienced when the seas are calm and clear. The top of the mound is between 30-40ft and along the sides it slops down to 100-130ft. It is recommended to dive down to the deepest portion of the dive, according to your dive plan, and circle around the mound as you multi-level to the shallower depths.
According to Underwater Vision in Utila;
“Black Hills is probably the dive site with the greatest diversity of fish life. You are guaranteed to experience schooling Horse-eyed Jacks, Atlantic Spade fish and Creole wrasses by the hundreds!
Black Hills is also a great site for watching free-swimming Moray Eels, Lionfish and resting Nurse Sharks.
In the shallows, try your luck and search for different types of crustaceans. Because of the lack of sandy areas Black Hills is well suited for more experienced divers. For any Advanced Open Water Course dive without the need for sand Black Hills will make a great dive site.”
According to Ignacio of Utila Dive Guide;
“Commonly seen here are schools of Horse Ee Jacks, Atlantic Spadefish and Souther Sennets. Paying careful attention along the reef, you may find Spotted Scorpionfish, Lettuce sea slugs and a Green Moray along the way. Although not a guarantee, the deep water all around this mound increase your chance of getting a glimpse of large Pelagics such as Whale Sharks, Marlin and Dolphin, which all have been spotted here.”