Bay Islands

Trip Start Sep 28, 2007
Trip End Jun 25, 2008

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Utila, Bay Islands

The Bay Islands tend to be a 'must stop' destination in Honduras as it is the cheapest place in the world to dive. The reef there carries on down from Belize and only Australia's Great Barrier Reef is longer.

Utila, the cheapest island of the three, looks close to La Ceiba on the mainland but was quite a ferry crossing away.

 It wasn't even that rough but we were getting huge drops, up and over the waves. I pretended I was riding a huge cantering  horse or paying for the thrill at an adventure park and kept my eyes pinned to the horizon to avoid getting sea sick.

When we arrived it was pouring,and had been for two weeks straight.That wiped out all activities that didn't involve a boat, so the non-divers in our group all went out and either did discovery dives or snorkeled.

Like in Belize, the coral was pretty with purple fans and brain coral, but there were some tube shaped coral and some bright orange varieties.

There were also lots of pretty fish: tang, parrot, clown and blue and yellow trumpet fish. When one of the dive instructors got back on the boat he noticed a tiny squid on his leg, waving his arms as if to say 'hey, please put me back in the water'. So cute!

It happened to be Halloween in Utila when we were there and everyone was dressed up and partying, with people hanging out on the street. After a massive dinner (the nachos our tour leader had were a mountain and my snapper fillet was the thickest I'd ever seen) we went for a drink at the crazy Jade Seahorse.  A mosaic palace on acid is the best way to describe it. Paths wind around the garden with bridges, arches and  tunnels all decorated in magpie loot: marbles, mirror shards, coral pieces, shells and other shiny and bizarre objects.

The girls in our group  had to sneak into the Caballeros to check out the glass dome studded urinal.

It took the owner 15 years to create his masterpiece. Imagine the sacks of bright, shiny things he had to collect.

We had a drink in the tree bar called Treetanic, but scuttled back early in preparation for our fifth early start in a row, spotting crabs in the gutter as we went.
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