Utila aka Habitat for Mosquitos and Sand Flies!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 04, 2006

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Alton's Dive Shop

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Scratch, itch, scratch SLAP!...........

After a 1 1/2 hour boat ride from La Ceiba, I arrived on Utila island which is one of a group of what is called the Bay Islands on the carribean coast. The islands are famous for their scuba diving (one of the cheapest places in the world to do your PADI certification), snorkelling and bloodsucking insects@! It also used to be the base of one of the famous pirate familes dating back some 2 centuries ago, Morgan, who is still the largest single land owner on the island. The community is divided into the Utilans, Spaniards, Garifunas and Tourists. You could immediately see how the Utilans used to be pirates by the way they talk. They speak english but if you were to watch Pirates of the Carribean and tweaked up their accents by 10 and added in a whole dictionary worth of slang then you would get something similar to Utilan english. And everyone has parrots! The spaniards are disliked as they are thought to be the ones that have brought crime onto the island from the mainland, but the community is tiny with a population of 2000 their seems to be a bit of brother sister loving going on if you get my drift.

Anyhow as I said I got off the the boat and was lucky to have come an hour later as it is known by many to be where all the mosquitos and sand flies hang out in the late afternoon. It's like they all contact each other during the day and say "Meet you down on the dock for some fresh bait, see you down their at 5.30" And no joke swarms of them dot along the wharfs attacking people with no respect, head to toe! The bites are small but nasty, I could honestly tell you that on my left foot alone I have 30 bites! Even after having showered in DEET and then added in an extra layer of baby oil it was to no avail......ok stop complaining.

Spent the last couple of days enjoying beautiful sunsets in a hammock, good company and powering through an Open Water course at Alton's Dive Shop. It's a really relaxed crew working their and the rooms, not flash, are all on the wharf. So you can open your door and watch beautiful sunsets whilst lying in your bed. Did a few cool dives and have another couple this afternoon. It's so beautiful down their, so much life and so tranquil your gliding through the water weightlessly. The reef is quite spectacular but obviously not as good as the one back home, but whose comparing =). They do however have an island which can be rented for a night at $200USD. Your own private island how cool!. Saw some groupers, trumpet fish, barracudas and this crab which is in the shape of a pyramid; cool! It really is an island paradise. The best part about being 18 metres underwater is that their are no mosquitos!

Two unfortunate things did happen on the island. My bag was stolen from the bar and I had left my camera out in the rain. Both aren't as bad as it sounds. As in the bag I only had a few replacebale items and no money, but I however did lose my journal which is a bummer (sorry lucy). The camera is being dried out now as we speak and hopefully by the end of the day it should be fine, but the memory is intact! Tonight their is a dock party at the dive shop which should be good. Pity I can't take any photos, or maybe I can. See what happens.

I must go now and dip my legs into a hot tank of oil to burn off these bites of mine.

Scratch, itch, scratch.........
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