Back from Utila ….
We’re back from Utila and we LOVED it! Utila isn’t for everyone, no where is, but on Utila there aren’t any other options, it is what it is and we loved it. It’s rustic and simple. There are no big resorts, restaurants are open-air & few places have AC or take credit cards. There are no cruise ships and everyone who’s there is there because they went out of their way to get there. There are also no cars, chains of any kind & tons of cool people.
In a previous post, I talked about the options for getting to Utila. I highly recommend Captain Angelo of Island Air. Our instructions in Roatan were to find a guy named Banjo and he’ll take it from there. We didn’t have any trouble finding him and he propped us up at the bar with a few other couples who were heading to Utila on a larger plane. We had a great time getting to know them & when we asked Banjo how much longer till we left he measured the time in beers, “you’re leaving in two beers time.” I’ve never heard time measured in drinks before but it worked for us. We ordered another round of Salvas and traded dive stories with our new friends.
There were only two other passengers on the plane with us & after a detailed safety briefing and review of the rules we were on our way. The plane is a little stuffy because it’s small, there’s no AC and it’s hot there. So if that bothers you just be aware of that. It’s only a 12 minute flight & they don’t close the doors until a minute before leaving. It was really windy the day we flew in so it was a little bumpy but no big deal.
Once we arrived in Utila we were greeted at the ‘airport’ by Captain Angelo’s sweet dog! I put airport in quotes because it’s just a tiny air strip and a one room building.
There was a group of tuk-tuks ready to take us to our hotels. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll tell you everything you need to know Utila & if I miss something you want to know about, let me know & I’ll do my best to answer it.
Oh yeah, we’re also PADI Rescue Divers now & EFR certified! The rescue certification is the last one we’ll be able to do before we leave for good. Another step toward becoming dive instructors! More on that in another post.
For now, enjoy summer everyone!
Warm thoughts to all!