From December 3 to the 10th, we decided to visit Utila, part of the Bay Islands of Honduras. We stayed at Utopia Village on the west side of the island, about a twenty minute boat ride from town.
On the trip we did thirteen dives, including a night dive. We saw spotted eagle rays, lots of green and spotted moray eels, a manta ray, so sooo many types of fish and sea life, caves and coral mazes, and the best of all... a whale shark!
On Friday, the last day before we flew back to Maine, we were relaxing from a full week of diving. We're both napping when we get a knock on the door that there has been a tuna boil sighting on the north side of the island. Tuna come to the surface to eat the plankton and it is very easy to spot them, this is a sign that a whale shark might be near by to also enjoy some tasty plankton. We all gathered into the boat and headed off to the site, first picking up our boat Captain Elvis on the way.
The whale shark was sited, and everyone got on their snorkel gear and sat on the side of the boat. They told us when they say "jump" all you need to do is slide in and look down. I didn't really believe them but I was soon to find out we would be right on top of a whale shark any minute.
Success! I think my audible "oh my god" into my snorkel conveys how I feel about the whole thing. What a great way to wrap up an already incredible trip.
I have never met such nice, warm, and passionate people as Paul and Chrisna, the owners of the resort, and their staff. They put great effort into supporting the local economy, buying local fish, produce, and soap even. They started a pre-school on Pigeon Cay to help not only the young children of the island, but also the parents who need a place for their children to go during the day. The trip was an amazing, relaxing getaway with warm weather, great diving, and fantastic food, and also with wonderful and truly caring people.
Check out the rest of the photos here and on instagram!