Now into our third country, we are in the Bay Islands in Honduras, on Utila. In Honduras we have so far visited this island and Copan Ruinas, which was a lovely little town right near the border with Guatemala which is most visited for its Mayan ruins. To get there we had a long and unpleasant journey: twenty six hours, six buses, two taxis. Although we were advised not to take night buses, in the end we had very little choice when it came to travelling from Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, to Copan. It was fine, and we came under no threat, but it was a slightly uneasy experience and if you can avoid it I would suggest doing so. In fact, there is a slightly uneasy atmosphere in parts of Honduras that there wasn’t in the other two countries. It may be the noticeable presence of guns, which although held by people who are obviously in charge of security, like shop security guards, can be slightly unnerving. It could also be the rigorous security getting in to banks and on to buses, which reassures you that precautions are being taken, but also makes you feel as though you should always be on the watch out for trouble.
On Utila, though, you feel no unease at all. In fact as you look out at the startlingly clear water it is extremely hard not to feel relaxed. We are just finishing our Advanced Open Water Dive Course. Diving here is great, and the prices are pretty reasonable, so if you enjoy scuba diving this seems like a great place to do it. Just looking of the end of the jetty at our dive school we have seen a stingray, an enormous barracuda, and many pretty colourful fish. In fact the aquatic life, the bright sunshine and the relaxed Caribbean atmosphere, are all extremely pleasant. On our course (which consisted of a Night dive, a Drift dive, a Deep dive, a Wreck dive, and a Navigation dive) and on our two free fun dives afterwards, we saw overall one turtle, some eagle rays, a moray eel, two octopus, and many other fish and coral. All the dive schools offer pretty much the same deals, but it is worth shopping around a bit and bargaining. Our friends managed to do the same course as us but get a far better deal because they put up a fight.
Though we have only had two stops in Honduras and both have been wonderful, this has been the country where we have felt most care should be taken. I have been most thankful that I am travelling with my boyfriend here, as though I haven't felt threatened, lone white females do attract attention. Though Honduras has seemed pricier than Nicaragua we have visited the most heavily visited and therefore most expensive places in the country. Between Utila and Roatan, the two most popular islands in the Bay Islands, Utila is the cheaper, but lacks Roatan's beaches. It would still be a good place for those on a budget to venture into.