Dive 234: Big Rock, Utila (Honduras)

Dive time: 00:47:00
Max depth: 21.8 metres
Temperature: 27 C
Visibility: 15 metres
Buddy: Ed

This was my first dive in a long time without my dive computer – it was stolen two nights ago along with all my contact lenses. Thankfully, the dive shop had a prescription mask that was pretty much my exact prescription!

This site was on the southern side of Utila and was a sloping reef with a few little gaps where you could drop off. We saw a spotted moray eel, emperor angelfish and a spotted eagle ray swimming off into the blue.

A nice relaxing dive, though the swell picked up a bit by the time we ended the dive.

Dive 233: Silver Garden, Utila (Honduras)

Dive time: 00:47:00
Max depth: 18.9 metres
Temperature: 27 C
Visibility: 10 metres
Buddy: Ed
Surface interval: 02:13:00

After a long surface interval at Fishburgers on Pigeon Cay, we motored back to the south side because the north was a bit too rough. The viz was down a lot on this side, with a lot of sediment on whatever in the water.

The reef was a shallow sloping one with a lot of fans and whips, making it definitely look like a garden. Saw a few big emperor angelfish and right at the end of the dive saw a massive snapper about 2 feet long!

Dive 232: CJ’s Dropoff, Utila (Honduras)

Dive time: 00:36:00
Max depth: 31.7 metres
Temperature: 27 C
Visibility: 20 metres
Buddy: Ed

Weather was cloudy again today so viz was down a bit. This was a beautiful site, with a sheer dropoff and amazing growth and life on the wall. As soon as we descended to max depth, we saw a lone barracuda. Along the wall we also saw a spiny lobster, a banded coral shrimp, parrotfish, emperor angelfish, a small spotted moral eel, and lots of colourful reef fish.

We stayed at around 30m for a while so I got to within 5 minutes of NDL according to my computer. There was a fair bit of swell at the surface though not really noticeable on the safety stop. Made it a bit of a challenge to get back on the boat though!

Still had 1500psi back on the boat and had been wondering why the dive was so short – turns out the DM Alan had only 500psi!

Dive 231: Ragged Cay, Utila (Honduras)

Dive time: 00:48:00
Max depth: 18.0 metres
Temperature: 27 C
Visibility: 20 metres
Buddy: Ed
Surface interval: 00:51:00

After a surface interval snack of Vegemite sandwiches, we jumped in for our second dive. This site was another sloping reef with lovely sponge growth, including some large barrel sponges and corals. We saw some little grouper, a massive crab hiding under a rock, spotted drummer, a large banded cleaner shrimp, little peppermint shrimp hiding in a little vase sponge, and a juvenile spotted drummer – spectacular looking black & white fish with long dorsal and tail fins.

Sebastian was much better with his air on this dive. Our boat also had OW students, and Ed, another bloke and I were the last ones to surface. The captain, Shane, jokingly started the engine of the boat and sped off just as we were surfacing, but came back for us before we went to Pigeon Cay for fish burgers!

Dive 230: Spotted Bay, Utila (Honduras)

Dive time: 00:40:00
Max depth: 19.8 metres
Temperature: 27 C
Visibility: 20 metres
Buddy: Ed

A much brighter and sunnier day so the visibility was a lot better than yesterday.

This site was a gently sloping reef with a couple of sandy gutters running parallel to the shore. There was no current at all and only a slight swell at the top of the reef. Our DM was a really chilled local called Alan (best afro ever I saw!) and let us do our own thing but pointed out some cool stuff.

We saw a flounder (such odd things), spotted drummer, colourful damselfish, baby yellow boxfish, parrotfish, and the BIGGEST cray I have ever seen in my life! It was under a rock but I reckon it would’ve been at least 40-50cm long!

One of our new Swedish friends, Sebastian, was on our dive and ran out of air, sharing air with the DM and his buddy.