Dive 239: The Labyrinth, Utila (Honduras)

Dive time: 00:42:00
Max depth: 14 metres
Temperature: 26 C
Visibility: 15 metres
Buddy: Ed
Surface interval: 01:14:00

After spending the surface interval chilling out back at the dock, we motored back out to this site. It is a pretty cool site with lots of channels going in and out of the reef, which no doubt gives the site its name.

We saw a big crab sitting under some rocks and at the top of the reef we saw a couple of squid, and we also saw a massive stingray sitting on a sand patch. One of the guys in the group swam over to it and it took off over the reef. Magnificent creature!

Got a bit lost at the top of the reef (no wonder it’s called the Labyrinth!) so it was a short swim back to the boat.

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Dive 238: Haliburton, Utila (Honduras)

Dive time: 00:31:00
Max depth: 30 metres
Temperature: 26 C
Visibility: 15 metres
Buddy: Ed
Surface interval: 03:25:00

Ed had somehow signed me up to these dives to be his buddy so another two dives this afternoon on top of the two I did this morning. Felt a bit lost without my dive computer to calculate my NDL on these repetitive dives but I figured that I would try to dive a lot more conservatively than the others.

The wreck of the Haliburton is just outside the Utila harbour on sand at about 30m. The wreck had a bit of growth on it but hardly any fish at all. The only thing of note was a massive green moray in the cargo hold. Swam through the bridge, and laughed a lot at our DM Alan on the safety stop, who was demonstrating his poledancing moves on the buoy line. Hilarious!

Dive 237: Rocky Point, Utila (Honduras)

Dive time: 00:40:00
Max depth: 19 metres
Temperature: 26 C
Visibility: 15 metres
Buddy: Peter
Surface interval: 01:00:00

We had an AMAZING surface interval – I swam with a baby whale shark!!! It was probably about 5m and it was only after two unsuccessful sightings (jumping in the water, madly finning, then nothing and having to fin back to the boat) that on the third try, we pretty much jumped on top of it! It was so graceful, a spotted dusky grey colour. Magnificent!!

The dive was a nice chilled out “drift dive” with no current. The site was a gently sloping reef, which was a garden of soft corals. Saw a green moray swimming about and a big cowfish floating about in midwater.

Dive 236: Blackish Point, Utila (Honduras)

Dive time: 00:45:00
Max depth: 20.1 metres
Temperature: 26 C
Visibility: 15 metres
Buddy: Peter

Ed was having a massage this morning so I went out on the boat and buddied with a German called Peter. We were out on the north side and this site was interesting with a reef at around 12m, which dropped off sharply to the sand at around 25m. Under the reef were little caves, some with skylights through the reef. Nothing much interesting inside though, except some sponge growth.

Along the dive we saw one massive barracuda, a few midnight parrotfish that were up to 2 feet long, a spotted moray, and a few triggerfish.

We were picked up by the boat – it was supposed to be a “drift dive” but there was no current at all on the bottom.

Dive 235: Little Bight, Utila (Honduras)

Dive time: 00:51:00
Max depth: 20.8 metres
Temperature: 27 C
Visibility: 15 metres
Buddy: Ed
Surface interval: 00:45:00

Another nice chilled out dive with the OW students (including Blain!) trailing behind us. At one point Blain gave me the bird, which just made me laugh and flood my mask!

Saw some cute little cleaner shrimp, grey angelfish, and a few snapper swimming by. We turned back to the boat at the top of the reef and at one point it was so shallow we were bobbing on the surface.