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February 6, 2006 08:05 PM

Bound For The Bay Islands (Utila)

LA CIEBA, HONDURAS - This whole missing passport ordeal is proving to be quite pleasant. It's forced me to climb up into some spectacular cloud-forests, see a few more Mayan ruins (effectively making me an authority on the Mayan world), and if things go according to plan (they usually don't), it looks like it might allow me to spend a few days on a idyllic island paradise in the Caribbean getting my SCUBA licence in what's marketed as being the 'cheapest place in the world' to do it. As a bonus, I discovered today that it's whale shark season out there. That is to say, it's supposedly a great time to see them diving; not a good time to hunt them. Sounds fun. If I end up opting out of the diving, there´s still some promise of adventure; our guide book describes the place as 'freakishly hedonistic'.

We may be out there for the better part of 4 or 5 days and rumor has it that Internet access is expensive and difficult. I'll scope out the situation, but may not post again for some time.


Eric Sustad said:

Hopefully they let you on the ferry without your passport. I did my Advanced OW on Utila about a year and half ago, at Utila Dive Center. Prices are standardized around the island, so you won't find any variance, although many places will include free accomodation (of varying quality) with dive courses. UDC will put you up in a dorm at the Mango Inn, which was more than adequate for me.

"Freakishly hedonistic": interesting way to describe it. There certainly is lots of heavy drinking. Be sure to check out the Treetanic Bar, just up the hill from the main drag, on the way to Mango Inn. It's one of the prettiest bars you'll ever see.

Happy diving.


February 7, 2006 11:43 AM
ashley said:

Thanks for the postcard guys!

February 10, 2006 09:00 AM
Berns said:

How much is cheap? I got my diving cert on the GBR for $149 Aussie Dollars incl. 4 days accom. (which was a tent on the beach...not shabby)...I got an SSI licence out of it...who's ever heard of that before??...who cares...just do it!!

February 10, 2006 06:41 PM
Ryan said:

Eric, We made it to Treetanic... it's the most intricately decorated bar I'll probably ever see. We ended up diving with the Utila Dive Center and living at the Mango Inn as well. They were both great!

Berns, $149 sure is cheap! We paid $229 USD (including accomodation), but ended up with a bonafide PADI certificate... I'm not sure what an SSI License is...

February 12, 2006 05:43 PM