Start of the torr - 1st stop

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The 12 seater plane that took me from Tegucigalpa to La Ceiba. Misty mountains in the background

So after a major mission to get here via Miami, San Jose, Tegucigalpa, La Cieba and then a ferry; I finally made it here on the island. Walked off the ferry with no clue of where to go but fortunately bumped into a guy who worked at the dive centre i was booked in with. he was a good lad, showed me to my room in a hotel and took me down to the dive shop. got straight in the water and did a refresher course with one of the instructors and then it was time for a beer, a burger and a long sleep.

Started my course the next morning (Advanced open water). All good - really enjoying the course and the teaching is a high standard. Since then I have finished the prerequisites (first aid course and rescue course) and started my divemaster training.

The pool at Mango Inn where i Stayed my 1st few nights.
Basically the deal is that you dive for free in return for loading the tanks onto boats, getting the kit ready for classes and so on. Also, you do courses at the same time which will eventually qualify you to lead certified divers out in the water.

The island is super cheap as you would expect. On my first night i got a beer and err... 2 dinners... for the equivalent of 2 quids. Its also reknowned as the cheapest place in the world to do any dive qualifications. its seriously chilled out here, no t shirt required unless you are going to the bank or to give the immigration guy some cash so that he stamps you in and out the country!  Its pretty backwards as well - apprently the local junoir school teaches 2 classes; singing and poetry. they don't wanna be messin' with no numbers or anyting. anyway, it stands them in good stead as the career options are owning internet cafe's or driving dive boats whilst smoking weed and listening to reggauzino - local reggae/dub mix.

thats about it for now, will put another update soon when i get a chance.....

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The 12 seater plane that took me f…
The 12 seater plane that took me …
The pool at Mango Inn where i Stay…
The pool at Mango Inn where i Sta…
Sunset from the dock on East Harbo…
Sunset from the dock on East Harb…
My Apartment
My Apartment
Sitting in my hammock reading divi…
Sitting in my hammock reading div…
My Apartment, the outside. You can…
My Apartment, the outside. You ca…
Another Shot of the apartment
Another Shot of the apartment
This is the dive shop i am at, cal…
This is the dive shop i am at, ca…
Going out on a dive
Going out on a dive
Preparing for a night dive
Preparing for a night dive
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photo by: Yoshu