After over a month in beautiful Guatemala, it was time to move on to Honduras, heading to the picturesque Caribbean island of Utila, part of the Bay Islands, to become certified scuba divers. Funny how you live in the Whitsundays for years and wind up getting certified in Central America. #whywouldntyou
A 4am bus pick-up is always a great way to start a 15 hour travel day. All in all it was your standard Central American bus journey; we bartered our Guatemalan "exit-fee" down to a 2 for 1 special at the boarder, froze our butts off on the Honduran buses, Cat stepped on a sleeping homeless man and then to finish the day right in La Ceiba (the port city for the Bay Islands), I received an email from my Brother-in-law letting me know my car had been rear-ended by some Muppet in a Hilux doing double the speed limit. Expect to see me rocking a bicycle when I return to Airlie.
Thank goodness the next day brought almost sunshine and a boat ride to Utila, although the in-float movie choice was a little questionable, Hilary Swanks "Homesman" wouldn't normally be considered suitable for public viewing. Luckily there weren't any children on board.
Utila's draw card is diving and the backpacker friendly tourism; with some of the best and cheapest diving in the world, you can't miss it if your anywhere near here. The course was four days of diving, classroom and exams. The only downer was the water temperature, it was the coldest our Instructor had felt it in six years. Just our luck right.
We did get to see some beautiful coral, many a fish and make a few new friends.
We planned to only stay a week on the island, but a place like this is hard to leave, made even more difficult by the storms responsible for cancelling the ferries back to the mainland. After two weeks spent in the water, exploring the island (and getting lost), cave hunting, bar hopping, breaking hearts and strangely enough, slack-lining, we finally managed to make it off the island.
Sad to leave but a little thankful at the same time as it is clearly a place that is easy to get stuck. It would be great to return one day, especially for the Bloody Mary's from Rehab Bar (yes they have a bar called Rehab and I love it there!).