Diving & Kiteboarding, Utila
Trip Start Oct 06, 2006
76Trip End Sep 14, 2008
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Alter a few days in Semuc Champey I headed south across the border to Honduras for the second time on this trip. The first time when I headed with Mariela in this direction we both got sick and could not do all the things we wanted to. My goal was to make it to the Bay Islands off the North coast of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea. On the way there I stopped in the lovely town of Copan, Honduras - for the second time as well - before I took a bus to La Ceiba. When I arrived in La Ceiba in the afternoon the winds were already blowing strong and I spent 3 days kiteboarding. It was the first time in a few months that I again went to kite and it felt sooooooooo..... good! You kiteboarders out there know what I'm talking about. I was really happy after 3 days of solid wind and then took the ferry from La Ceiba to the island of UTILA.
Utila is a diving mecca and is full of dive shops
After I completed the diving course I had a day to relax before the weather started to change. This was a bad thing for all the dive centers, but a great thing for me J. 4 days of pure kiting in casi turquoise water. The wind / storm was too strong at times for the dive boats to go out on their dives but when they did I cruised with them for while, ¨hucked¨ a nice 20 foot jump behind the boat, waved from the air, made everyone cheer, and sailed back the other way. Great times! After a day or two most people / dive shops on the island knew who the guy with the grey and yellow kite out there was and I got approached several times (and sometimes literally begged) to teach some people how to do this. While the conditions and launching / landing areas weren't perfect on Utila, there's lots of potential there, and right now there is no school, but I am sure there will be one sooner or later. While it is a bay the wind was slightly offshore so I was definitely a bit worried at times that if I missed the point where the beach ends, I would have to sail the ~ 20 km back to La Ceiba
I made my way back to Copan, Honduras, for the third time before finding another traveler named Jenny from England to go to El Salvador.