Will I see the Rhincodon typus?

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Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Rhincodon typus, better known as the Whale Shark, is the largest fish there is. They can get as big as 14 meters long with a 1.4 meter wide mouth. That's a pretty decent sized fish if you ask me. Utila is one of the Bay Islands on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. It's supposed to be the cheapest place in the world to scuba dive, with some great coral and underwater aquatic life. I plan on taking my "PADI Advanced Open Water" certificate here, throwing in a few fun dives on the side. The last couple of days there's been Whale Shark sightings on the north side of the island, the first they have seen for more than a month. So that's where I'm hopefully heading tomorrow or so.

From Lanquin and Semuc Champey, a couple of hours east of Coban, I went with Tal and Netta (a couple of friendly Israelis) by bus to Rio Dulce. Here we spent a few days idling at the Casa Perico. Another relaxing backpacker haven set in the jungle just off the shores of Lago Izabal. I spent most time reading in the hammock, but managed to accumulate enough energy to visit the steaming hot waterfall of El Paraiso. A weird sensation, as the river the sulfur smelling waterfall ends up in, is from a different and much colder source.

I planned on taking a slow running boat down from Rio Dulce to Livingston, on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala, but then I met 3 guys from Austria and Germany at the Casa Perico. They were heading for Utila, my next planned stop after Livingston, and had their own private car. When they offered me a ride I couldn't resist. So soon Jacob, Max, Franziska and me were speeding our way south-east for the Honduran border.

November and December are supposed to be the wettest months here at the Bay Islands, but so far I have seen nothing but sun and Cuba Libre for two days. Lets hope it continues. I'm ahead of me here, this entry is actually from Rio Dulce, Guatemala.
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