Saturday, September 4, 2010

Diving the Blue Hole ??????

Monday July 5, 2010

After serious debate over the last 3 days I finally decided to dive the Blue Hole. I was told to come by at 5 pm to get outfitted and pay. Around 4:30 I stopped at a local watering hole for a beer and chat with the locals before going to the dive shop. I asked a few locals who had dived the Blue Hole what they thought and was told I would most likely be disappointed but that the other 2 dives included were nice. For $190 US I expect more than disappointment and 2 nice dives. The Blue Hole is also 2.5 hrs by boat and it is supposedly a very rough ride. One I would have made had it been spectacular. The locals said that due to the depth (120 ft.) you only have about 7 minutes when you reach your deepest point. Will save that money for extra diving in Honduras which is also supposed to be spectacular.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Last day in Caye Caulker, Belize

Tuesday June 6, 2010

Woke up this morning and very cloudy and depression headed our way. Another reason to be glad I did not dive yesterday. Visibility most likely would have been affected. Leave in the morning for Belize City by ferry and then bus to Placencia, Belize. Will lay around on the beach until the weekly ferry takes me to Honduras on Friday. Then on to Roatan on the Bay Islands. Serious, inexpensive diving and beaches there. Will post more pictures when I get to Honduras.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Placencia, Belize

Thursday  July 8, 2010

5 hours on the bus and 2 short boat rides got me from Caye Caulker to Placencia down in southern Belize. Tomorrow I catch the 5 hr ferry to Honduras and then minivan to San Pedro Sula. One more 3-4 hour bus ride and I will be at La Ceiba, which is the launching point for all boats to the Bay Islands. I hope to spend at least 1-2 weeks there. I have decided on Utila instead of Roatan after much consideration. The beaches and diving are better on Roatan but the rooms and food are close to twice as expensive. I will check it out and if need be move to Roatan later. Placencia is really beautiful with great beaches. It is located on a peninsula but quiet since it is the rainy season. Mostly rains at night.

 Have free wifi at the hostel so will start posting pictures after lunch.   

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Diving in Utila, Honduras

Wednesday  July 14, 2010

After taking the refresher course yesterday, I was excited about diving for the first time since Thailand, almost 18 months ago. We made 2 dives in the afternoon and saw beautiful coral and fish. We also saw a moray eel and also turned around and saw a 2-2.5 ft barracuda about 6 feet away from me. We are going to the North Shore tomorrow which takes about an hour to get to and will make 2 dives there and grab lunch at some beautiful site I am told. Though not the regular season, some Whale Sharks have been spotted there recently. I would love the opportunity to swim with these docile creatures. Probably will dive 10 times while here and then to El Salvador for a few weeks and finish it off back in Antigua for my finale.

Great Diving on North Shore

July 15, 2010

Just realized the last 2 posts were dated June. While backpacking days of the week don't mean a thing and obviously the months are not too important either. Dove the North Shore of Utila today and went down to 110 feet, a new personal best for me. It was like swimming in a box of crayons with all the wonderful colors of fish and coral. No Whale Sharks today but maybe later.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Thursdays Injuries

With all the fun I had diving Thursday I knew it could not last. First, I strained my lower back changing out air tanks and did not realize how bad it was until I could not get out of bed this morning. Then to make matters worse I stubbed my big toe on a concrete step and it does not look good. I went to the pharmacy this morning in an effort to get bandages, an antibiotic cream and pain pills and muscle relaxers. Pharmacies throughout Central and South America distribute just about every pill needed without you having to see a doctor. However, he did suggest I let Dr. John look at my toe. I told him I would rest a couple of days and if it does not get better see him. Dr. John is supposedly a good doctor when not drinking or self-medicated.

Unfortunately my diving is on hold but such is life. Guess I will use the extra time trying to post more pictures.