Deep wreck photography diver

Trip Start Feb 14, 2011
Trip End Aug 27, 2012

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Cross Creek Dive Centre

Flag of Honduras  , Bay Islands,
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I write this from my following destination, with some hindsight and distance to get a little perspective. One wouldn't want to write in the heat of the moment and over-exaggerate the enthusiasm for a place.

Utila was AWESOME!!! Perspective has done nothing to change my mind it seems. Having skipped the Corn Islands, I arrived on Utila with a glorious 10 days of diving ahead of me and settled into a little holiday from my travelling. Before anyone says anything, travelling is like everything else: it’s tiring, can be long days, and after 5 months a break was very much needed. So I make no apologies for my little holiday on the Island.

Utila is a strange little place. The cheaper and smaller of the Bay islands it is a mere 13km long and some 5km wide. Utila town is basically a cross roads in a bay with Main street running the length of the water. Dive centres and shops line the sea front, interspersed with bars and restaurants. There are no beaches to speak of, save the private one that charges 3$ entry fee and fits no more than about 20 people, but people don’t come to Utila for the beaches. Every person on the island, and I do mean every one, is there to dive.

I got straight down to my Advanced PADI course with Cross Creek and it soon became clear just how hard it is to leave such an idyllic place. No accommodation costs in the dive centre while you’re diving, cheap food and an abundance of night life, not to mention some fantastic dive masters leading us into the Blue depths make you want to live there forever. While the rest of Central America is experiencing the rainy season the weather in the Bay Islands stays sunny and dry, the seas are clear blue, the visibility is good and 4 dives per day is the norm. Paradise. 

I have swum with eagle rays and sting rays, spent hours watching butterflyfish and angelfish, watched in awe as turtles meander past the reef and recoiled in slight fear as barracuda swim right up to us. Not to mention strange looking trumpetfish, noisy coral-munching parrotfish, 2-D flounders, green and spotted moray and brightly coloured flying fish.

So it’s no surprise that I ended up there for 3 weeks. The dive masters are great, the DMTs while I was there were great fun, the instructors teach well and fellow divers Hari, Justin, Andrea, Kate and Ern made the stay amazing. After getting my Advanced I moved on to doing specialties in deep diving, wreck diving and photography, took as many fun dives as my credit card would allow me, and spent many hours reminding myself that staying for 6 weeks to do my dive master was not an option. At least not for now. I have decided yet again to change my plans, and following the States, instead of going to New Zealand in October, I have every intention of going back to my new favourite place and diving my little heart out for the winter and becoming a dive master. And I can’t wait!
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