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Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Utila January 8th 2013

We started our scuba diving class which consisted of watching videos and answering questions on what we learned. After a couple days of theory we got in the shallow part of the beach and had a series of skills we had to accomplish. This was more difficult than it should have been for me because once again I am a chicken when it comes to these things. The other two people in our class had colds and were not cleared by the doctor to dive so Dan and I had one on one attention which was nice. Marc took Dan and progressed and Maya stayed with me. She was so wonderful, patient and sympathetic. She told me she had a really difficult time at first as well and nearly quit because she was scared. She had ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Utila January 7th 2013

I know I have missed blogging about several places but I simply can not bare to start where I left off so I will go back to Monday January 7th. On this day we arrived in La Ceba Honduras by bus. We stuffed 5 of us plus the driver in the taxi cab which was headed to the port to catch a boat to Utila. We had about an hour before we needed to leave so we got some breakfast at a nearby restaurant. As it rained sideways into the tiny restaurant we joked about what a rough boat ride it was going to be. I knew in my heart that the boat ride would probably be extremely unpleasant for me but my brain refused to except the wisdom of my heart. Dan played his guitar ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 23rd 2012

After a lovely sea day cruising past Cuba, we arrived in Grand Cayman. We were just about to go off the ship and do a little snorkeling when the skies opened up and it rained buckets. We waited for quite a while and then it got too close to the Riviera’s departure time so we just enjoyed the day on the ship. We have been to Cayman a number of times and have always gone swimming with the manta rays. We were sorry to miss them this time. When we anchored off Cozumel it was raining again but fortunately it let up long enough for us to take a stroll around town and find a nice family restaurant which served up some pretty good food --Mexican, of course. The first two weeks of December are traditionally ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 20th 2012

Roatan Dive 16 Yawning hamlet Nikon D200 I spent the dive following my Juv hog fish cleaning different fish. I was diving with the Nikon D200 set up and it took me a few dives to get used to it. But I love it. 32 ft 113min Ni 31% AL80 82oF 10lbs +ank 3mm+Bear 7m Roatan Dive 17 Nikon D200 Arrow Blenny I decided not to waste my time trying to get behavior shots and I headed to the wreck to look for arrow blennies. I had not taken a shot of them yet. I saw 4 of them. I scared 3 before I figured out that I was very aggressive approaching them. When I got to the 4th I approached slowly and let them get used to me. I actually watch them eat some masked ... read more
Lettuce seaslug
Yawning Butter Hamlet
Giant Eel out of the wreck

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 19th 2012

12 19 2012 Roatan Dive 12. Mating eels We had a late start. I missed my deadline for Ocean Views. The system took my payment but not the uploads. We dove the Coco View West Wall once again. Steve spotted sargassum on the surface. I grabbed a piece and I noticed a weird shrimp on it. I bolted off to grab SK fin and I guess I lost the shrimp with the current. I grab another piece and It had 3 shrimp in it: a sargassum shrimp, a stripped clear one and a tiny whiny one. I tried to hold it steady for SK but the surge was moving us not even holding my breath. I took them a little deeper but the water was a bit disturbed and it was difficult to focus. I hope ... read more
Lizard fish
Sargassum Shrimp
Trumpet fish

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 18th 2012

Roatan Dive 8. East Coco View wall We didn’t do the night dive and didn’t wake up for a 6 am dive. We went on the quest for the big eye with the huge isopod on its front head. Diane said it lives “to the left - just past where the wall really starts, near the big overhang, go a little further than the overhang in around 25'. There is a small cave in one of the crevasses. Back in there is a big eye with a HUGE isopod on it's forehead”. We didn’t see it but definitely going to look for it again. Steve found Diane’s whip coral shrimp and got it with a nice blue background. Thanx Diane for that one. I will post the shot if he gives me the ok. When Steve ... read more
Yellowfin Snapper
Lizard fish
Yellow head jawfish

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 18th 2012

Steven Kovacs and Judy Townsend let me use these image for the blog to match the story. I decided to do a special post just with them. Two different species of wire coral shrimp. Wow!... read more
Wire coral shrimp By Judy Townsend

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 17th 2012

Roatan Dive 4. Mary’s Place. Mary’s Place is an amazing deep crack (70 ft) for 200 ft and a little turn to towards the end. Amazing for wide angle silhouette shot of a diver vertical to the wall. I had plan for the wide angle but the buttons were stocked and couldn’t adjust settings. Also I forgot to turn strobes off. I don’t need them for a silhouette. I felt like a complete amateur. DM Marcus promised me to plan a repeat for us and maybe I can get a shot. I put the bad battery in the camera so ..not many photos for me just a few test shots. 80 ft 58min Ni 31% 84oF 12 lbs + ankl 3mm + Bear 7mm Roatan Dive 5. Newman’s Wall. The boat dropped us off at the ... read more
Garden eel By Judy Townsend
Yellowhead jawfish with eggs By Judy Townsend
Chocolate-lined topsnail By Judy Townsend

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 16th 2012

2012 12 16 Roatan Dive 1. Check out dive. Coco View has a mandatory rule for new divers: Assist an orientation meeting where they talk about all the rules and procedures, watch a 24 min video that is pretty informative and they top it off with a check out dive and there is no way out of it. I was assigned to a group of about 7 divers all pretty average except for one that kept going up and down to the point that had every body worried. I signaled the DM that I would stay with the group and waited for him while he ascended and assisted him. We went to the left from the entrance towards the Coco View wall. I saw a couple of Hamlets, a lime green mantis (My friend Judy took ... read more
Dog Snapper.
20121211 Mantis shrimp #2
Petalifera ramos

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 12th 2012

On our last full day on the island, we hired a well experienced and local cabbie (George) to take us around the island from the west end to east end and back. There is really only one road, but much to see. The island is about 2 miles wide and 28 miles long. We first visited the West End, which is the most travelled by tourists. At that end are terminals for cruise ships, shops, diving and other tours, and restaurants. All of these things are especially aimed at the island visitors. There is a nice beach, but not really for swimming due to the boat traffic. For us, nothing to really write home about (but, I guess we are, here) but it is a good place for people to hang. Next we visited the “Mayan ... read more
Just okay...NOT
I want to live here!
Hold me Daddy!

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