Diving in Roatan, the Bay Islands, Honduras
04.02.2011 - 10.02.2011 30 °C
After a few days of lots of travelling, we had finally arrived in the Caribbean island of Roatan in Honduras. We found a cute little cabana that would be our home for the next week. Our first day we spent walking around and finding a great diving school, being amazed at the prices (diving is cheap, but hell, everything else is so expensive!), and enjoying the Caribbean bliss and the beautiful weather on the West Bay beach.
The next day we started our 4-day Open Water diving course together with our friend Jens at Reef Gliders diving school - the coolest school in town. Here we are with our awesome diving instructor Jen from Melbourne!
So this meant 4 full days of classes, exercises, watching PADI videos ("Go places, meet people, do things"..."Fact 1: Scuba Divers have more fun!"), learning theory and so on and so forth...so exhausting! And it is so hard to imagine how cold you get during the diving classes when the water is 26degrees warm...but really, we were shaking sometimes. We went to bed at 9pm every night, with the PADI book under our pillows, after just one beer and watching the amazing sunset!
For Pim the course was a bit boring of course since he had done the classes before (long story...), for Malka it was mainly a bit thrilling as she was not the biggest fan of some of those exercises we had to do...like taking off your mask underwater! Bleeeeeh, horrible! Lots of confined water dives and theory later we finally went on our first real open water dive and it was very cool. So this is the reason why you have to go through those tiring classes! ;-) The reefs around Roatan are just beautiful...we saw so many different coloured and sized tropical fish, glowing corals, sea turtles, squid, and so on. Amazing! (Another diving group from our school actually saw a hammerhead shark but Malka is not too sad we did not meet him, haha)
Jens left us on day 3 after finishing his scuba diving certificate to travel on to Cuba, so it was just us and our instructor for the last part. We finished off on day 4...after our last open water dive with exercises when at a depth of 16m Jen wrote on her underwater writing slate U R CERTIFIED YEAH! and we did a little underwater dance :-)))
The next day we went on two more fun dives to get everything possible out of our stay and it was so worth it! We met even more seaturtles who passed us by very closely and found ourselves in the middle of the most beautiful schools of fish. We realized that time goes so fast and we had spent almost a week on the island (but mostly in our wetsuits out in the ocean)...so it was really time to take it a bit slow on our last afternoon and finally get to enjoy the beach a bit more...and so we did, prepping ourselves for a long two days of travelling to Nicaragua.
Thanks Reefgliders and Jen for the amazing time!!!
PS: Most amazing photos thanks to Jens!!!