A Warm Utila Welcome...

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
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Trip End Aug 13, 2011


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Tropical Sunset Apartments

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Utila is a mostly transient island with SCUBA Diving at it's soul.  Divers come to Utila from all around the world because the instruction is good, the reef is great, and the diving prices are some of the cheapest anywhere.  People who stay for more than a week are typically gone within a month or two, so with four months on the island, our friends Chad and Kori are among the longest tenured visitors here. We were sure to benefit from their extended time on the island.

As Vern's catamaran pulled into Utila Harbor, we were thrilled to see our friends awaiting our arrival on the dock.  Chad and Kori had arrived on Utila in March to take the SCUBA Instructors Course with Utila Dive Center (UDC).  They planned to spend the summer teaching SCUBA courses and accumulating experience that would allow them to teach anywhere in the world while traveling.  We were honored that they agreed to provide us one-on-one instruction for our PADI Open Water Certification while in Utila.  We walked the short distance from UDC across what the Crow's referred to as the Air Conditioner Bridge (the only spot on the island where there is a perpetual breeze blowing) to their apartment at Tropical Sunset, their cozy home away from home.

After dinner, Chad armed us with Utila Palomas (a rum version of the refreshing Mexican drink) for a walking tour down Utila's main road.  The road is narrow so most people get around by bicycle, motorcycle, or ATV.  It took a while to trust the riders as they zoomed past within mere inches as you walked down the road. A quick jump out of the way would only put you potentially in the path of others riders who are certainly not expecting you to make such a move.  We eventually acclimated to the lay of the road.  It also did not take us long to notice how our friends had assimilated into the island lifestyle.  We stopped at an apartment belonging to their Aussie friend to refill drinks before running into their neighbor at a bar.  We came to know Phil in the months leading up to our trip while reading Chad and Kori's travel blogs.  His stories have left many wondering how much truth was spoken.  Some parts of what he says are likely based on semi-true stories he may have once heard, there is just know way to know how embellished the story has become over the years.  I'm not sure that Phil has ever met anyone for the first time who knows of his reputation for stretching the truth, so we may take the opportunity to have a little fun with him this week.  Leaving Phil, to the others who might actually be wowed by his stories, it was time to head back to our new home and pack it in.  We needed to get sleep because in 12 short hours, if all goes well, we would be taking our first breaths underwater!
 
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Em on

Think we all have a "Phil" in our lives at one point or another. Too funny! Great blog!

chrismyers
chrismyers on

We do all have our own personal Phil. I have a feeling this Phil may make another appearance! Stay Tuned!

Steph Lee on

Utila sounds fantastically unique and quirky. Really bummed I didn't get to see it but you describe it well!

chrismyers
chrismyers on

Thanks Steph! I found Utila to be a perfect compliment to Roatan. What Roatan lacks, you find in Utila and the other way around. Together they make The Bay Islands a wonderfully diverse destination!

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