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Saturday 18th November 2006

Honduras = Scuba

So we made our way to Honduras from El Salvador. We stopped in the Colonial town of Santa Rosa de Copan for a couple of nights which was very chilled out and had a great little town square. There wasn't much to do so we just chillaxed and caught up on some sleep.

Spent a couple of days on buses and eventually made it to the East (Caribbean) Coast and caught a ferry to the Island of Utila where I am now. Utila is all about Scuba Diving and that's why we are here. It's a backpackers Scuba paradise and one of the cheapest places in the world to get certified! So far I've done 9 dives and have completed the Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses. I'm now fully certified and have 4 fun dives left before leaving on Tuesday. Scuba Diving is an intensely exhausting activity ... I've been constantly craving water, food and sleep since I've been here .... damn good fun though. Highlights include the night dive where we saw a huge barracuda and an incandescent blue octopus and a wreck dive were we penetrated a sunken transport ship. This morning we did our deep dive where we went down to 100ft and had to assemble a Mr. Potato Head (kids toy) to observe the intoxicating effects of Nitrogen Narcosis. We also saw a sea turtle, some eels and of course heaps of colourful tropical fish!

The weather turned bad for our last couple of days on Utila and the ferry was not operating so we had to get a flight in a small Cesna to get off the island. From there we headed to the capital Tegucigalpa where we arrived at night (sketchy as hell) and left the next morning headed for Nicaragua.

Photos from Honduras:
http://www.danscapers.com/gallery/Honduras




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