Utila is one of the three Bay Islands located off of Honduras’ Caribbean coast. Our guidebook described it as a backpacker’s paradise - rife with cheap accommodation, rustic oceanfront bars, world class diving, and an infectious laid back vibe. And it was right. Rooms for $10 a night. Ramshackle bars aplenty. A strong focus on both diving and serious chilling.
What we weren’t prepared for was the relentless heat and insane humidity. The ferocious sandflies. The lack of any real beaches, as it’s purely a diving destination and the waterfront is just a series of docks. And the hangovers. Boy howdy. I guess I can’t blame the book for that one. The night we arrived and were reunited with our Aussie friends, we partook in one of the town’s many “shot challenges”, went to the infamous “beach party”, and stumbled home just before dawn. If I can tell you one thing about the scuba diving crowd, it’s that they really like to party. Within 48 hours we’d moved into an air conditioned room for triple the price, and I will admit to spending many an afternoon hibernating while Reece got his scuba diving certification.
For photos of some of the fun we had in Utila, click HERE.
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