Roatan and Utila March - April 2022

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Roatan and Utila March - April 2022

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Arlene and I spent a month on Roatan to celebrate retirement. We love both the topside laid back quaint vibe, and the diving is really quite decent. Here are some shots above and below. Jesse and Marci were able to join us for 10 days, we had a blast.

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At the end of March, we headed to Utila and will post that report next.
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So on the last day of March, we jumped on the Utila Dream Ferry, and headed to Utila for our first time. The ride takes about an hour. We stayed at an Airbnb, Paradise Regained, which is about 1/2 mile out of Utila town, which was an easy walk and a very peaceful place. We traded the jungle for more of an open sandy spot. We stayed on Utila for 2 weeks then took the ferry back to Roatan and caught our flight home. We enjoyed Utila as well. It was a bit hotter, the diving is a bit different. Most of the dive ops there have many dive instructors in training, seems to be a great spot to learn how to be a DM. More of a backpacker island, and there are no cars there. You get around on motorcycle, quad, golf cart, or tuk tuk. The tuk tuk will run you about 60 lempira or a little over 2 bucks US to go from town to home. Really kinda cool, and painless unless you are in a hurry. We dove with Tankd Dive Center, all their gear was new, the boat was new, very very good experience. We hoped to find a whale shark, but struck out. Here are some of my pics from Utila.

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We enjoyed Utila and would visit again.
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Beautiful pics and fantastic report it looks so fun and the food looks delicious!

So nice to see you and Arlene smiling so big :)
I love that last wide-angle shot the best!!

I hope you can join us at ThThTh soon! We miss you tons!
Happy Retirement!
:) Jess
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Very cool! I especially like the spinyhead blenny, the nurse shark and that last shot! Bravo!
And you'll have to tell us about that food!!!
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Looks like an awesome trip!
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Thanks guys. It was a great trip!
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What a way to start your retirement! Why didn't I think of it many years ago?
As always, great photography to bring back for us to enjoy.
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Thank you Jan!
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Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!
I also just retired and spent a month in the Philippines.
It was a great way to celebrate retirement - and just enjoy/explore a different country.
Love both shots of the eagle rays!

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Keith, great way to celebrate!
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Awesome pics!!! :joshsmith: :)
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Hell yeah brother! Great work Gdog. So happy I was able to join you out there. Had an amazing time.


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