Inside the Aquarium: Diving in Honduras

Out of the cold, damp weather of Colombia we took a flight to the island of Roatan in Honduras. When we arrived in Roatan we didn’t have any plans, but we knew was thatre there was spectacular diving here.  Since we hadn’t done much diving lately I was itching to get back in and make myself feel more comfortable with being underwater and the only way to do that in my opinion is by practicing. Once checked into our little cottage type room we headed out to see what sort of specials the diving shops might have. Our first shop we stopped at had a few Australian girls working at and they were very informative and friendly so we decided to sign up right away for a certification in advanced open water diving.  This certification requires us to learn to drift dive, night dive, dive with navigation, deep water dive and a wreck dive. I was excited to be in a class again because I like when there is an instructor to guide us while learning new techniques.

Our first dive for the course was our deep dive which we were so lucky because it also included a ship wreck. It was amazing descending over the top of this large sunken ship, the water was so clear we didn’t even notice how deep we actually were. In the specific area there were massive grouper and snapper, they looked almost prehistoric. Our second dive was a drift dive in which we were supposed to learn how to swim with currents and such, but there was hardly any current so we didn’t get to see the star of the show during this dive “Texas”. You know how people always say “it’s always bigger in Texas,” well they named this site after Texas because there is gigantic sea weed and barrels. Almost like a valley of them, barrels so big you can supposedly curl up in them, but unfortunately we didn’t get to see because we didn’t drift that far. We will save that for our next trip to Honduras. The third dive was learning how to navigate underwater using a compass and land marks, the sun etc. Adam did really well with this lesson; I on the other hand failed miserably. I had to redo so many of the steps I think the instructor passed me because he felt sorry for me.

Adam out in front of the wreck

Dana in the wreck

Brain Coral

Dana goofing around

Our fourth dive didn’t wow Adam and I that much at first because it was a night dive, and at first I was nervous. The thought of swimming at night made us feel claustrophobic, but with our humor watching the other two divers made us laugh almost the whole dive. They were bouncing all around, and couldn’t get their buoyancy correct. Towards the end of the dive was one of my favorite memories of diving. We were told to kneel in a sandy patch and cut our lights. Then as your eyes started to adjust to the night, the moon sort of lit the water around you. After a few minutes or two your eyes really started to adjust to the darkness and there was what they call “String of pearls” that glows in the water, it is actually shrimp, but looks like a strand of pearls that light up bead by bead. It was really amazing, these things were all around us, lighting up. I felt like this was something out of the Avatar movie or something so surreal. Our fourth dive the next day was a really cool dive, we swam through these crevices in the bottom, almost like cave diving but learning how to control your buoyancy and not hit the coral.

More giant brain coral

A massive grouper

This by far has to be some of the best diving Adam and I have done. Every place we dove on this trip has its highlights, but Roatan was jaw dropping on almost every dive. It was very exciting to have been here and to have dove so much with such great dive masters too. Our meals here were pretty basic; one of the highlights was wing night at a local restaurant. Other than that we made a lot of pasta in our kitchen and fought off thousands of termites our last night on the island. That evening there was a nice evening thunderstorm which must have disturbed the termites. I’m not lying to you when I say they were as large as wasps and there were thousands of them. It was one of the most annoying things to deal with. It got really bad we had to move to another room and sit with the lights out because they were attracted by light. At this point, we’ve gotten used to things like this… at the start of the trip, I would’ve totally freaked out!

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One Response to Inside the Aquarium: Diving in Honduras

  1. Your night dive seems like it was amazing! Your pictures also turned out great.

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