12.07.2008 - 15.07.2008
It was about 8:20 in the morning when we arrived at the harbor to pick up the Utila Princess ship that leaves twice daily, only to find that the 9:30 ship was cancelled so we had to hang out until the 4pm ship. AJ and I decided to go to the mall in La Ceiba to kill some time. Well, time was never ending and then we finally headed back to the harbor. We met two chics that had just arrived from Utila and warned us about the boat ride to Utila. They said if you ride outside you will get soakin` wet, but if you ride inside ``you will be ill.``
So AJ and I decided to take preventative measures and premedicated with Dramamine and took our chances sitting inside. While boarding the boat, one of the crew members was handing out little plastic bags to everyone walking in the door. I didn´t think anything of it until I sat down, and I was like why do we need a plastic.... Ohhhhh.....they`re barf bags. That was an ominous start to our voyage.
Those chics were so right about getting soaked. Literally 10 minutes on our way to Utila, we heard shrieks from the outside, and everybody sitting outside came running into the cabin and jammed themselves inside. Everyone of them was drenched!
As I looked around, I noticed that all the locals were nodding off. I was starting to feel queezy so I decided to try to nod off myself. That was my lifesaver! Until I finally fell asleep, I really thought I was going to have to use my lovely barf bag. The boat ride was about an hour and a half, but it felt like it was never going to end.
We finally arrived in Utila and it was just chaos trying to get our bags. Here are a ton of people on a tiny pier, all wanting to get their bags first. The crew members just started piling up all the bags so I knew this was going to take forever. I left AJ at the pier waiting for our bags, and I went to go check into our hotel. I had made a reservation and told the hotel we would get there at 6pm. Well, we didn´t even get off the ship until 6pm, so I had to rush over to the hotel. I finally found it, checked in and made my way back to the pier to find AJ.
We unpacked, showered and went to find something to eat. We ate at Bundu Cafe right off the maindrag. It was a really chill and relaxing place. They had a book exchange, big tables that fit lots of people and huge pillows to lay back, and the food was great! There was a movie playing so we just hung out for a while.
The next day we woke up, left the hotel first thing in the morning because it was really dirty and disgusting and went searching for a new place to stay. We decided to stay at Rubi`s Inn. It was so refreshing because it was right on the water, and the rooms were immaculate. After that we rented some snorkel gear at Bandu Beach and went snorkeling right off the beach. The weather was really overcast so the visibility wasn`t great. We saw some little purple fish with yellow on their fins and a couple baracudas so that was cool.
The third day in Utila we just chilled and rented snorkel gear again. I decided to go snorkeling right off the dock of our hotel. There were some kids playing and swimming aournd there, plus the water was super clear. The visibility was much better then the previous day so I snorkeled on and off for several hours. That night we packed our stuff up and at some dinner at Bundu Cafe again. We met some Americans, Brits, an Irish chic, and several others that were in Utila getting their dive master certification.
The next morning we boarded the Utila Princess back to La Ceiba, again premedicated with Dramamine, but no barf bags were given on the return voyage. This ride was much harder, but we pulled through. We had a long day of traveling ahead.