Majestic World Travelers Joseph and Farideh Ross went to Honduras and found a scuba diving paradise on the island of Utila; it's called Deep Blue Divers.
Utila is scuba diving. Everywhere you look there are scuba schools, scuba operators, scuba boats and scuba divers. Utila dive professionals claim they certify more divers every year than any other dive destination on the planet.
And after having dived their way all around the world, Joseph Ross assures you Deep Blue Divers on Utila is one of the most well run dive resorts you will find anywhere in your travels, and there is superb diving all the way around Utila. Owners Steve and Shirley really go the extra mile to assure your stay is perfect in every way and Deep Blue's cuisine is first rate!
The Majestic World Travelers Joseph and Farideh Ross dove three times daily with some incredible night wall dives included. They saw turtles, tarpon, schools of permits and horse-eyed jacks. And so much smaller beauty: dozens of juvenile drums, juvenile queen and emperor angels, spotted morays, brilliant nudibranchs and sea horses, all living among giant barrel and tube sponges and colorful, swaying soft corals and gorgonians. Between dives the excitement continues as you put on your snorkel gear and go looking for whale sharks!
Deep Blue Divers owner Steve is one of the world's leading authorities on whale sharks. He told the Majestic Travelers how researchers learned of the great depths whale sharks swim when the very expensive dive monitors they attached imploded and fell off after 4500-feet of depth. Steve keeps a whale shark data base and all divers can contribute by submitting their photos and observations, and by coming to Deep Blue during whale shark season to participate in conferences and meet the worlds top whale shark researchers.
Then the Majestic Travelers arrived at Roatan Island, previous home to thousands of pirates like the Spaniard nemesis Sir Henry Morgan. In the 1960's treasure hunters like Howard Jennings came to Roatan with metal detectors and left with millions in gold doubloons.
Today tourists consider Roatan one of the world's dive Mecca's. Expats and retirees are discovering Roatan for its superb Caribbean beaches, affordability and friendly Honduran and Garifuna populace
The traveler has the option to go to Roatan's less "touristy" spots that allows explore at your own pace beautiful coral reefs, sugar-sand beaches and thriving rain forest with super abundant flowers, birds, butterflies, hummingbirds lizards and tree frogs.
The Majestic team first dove Julian's Wall which is thick with huge barrel sponges, tube sponges, soft corals and gorgonians, all thriving on the plankton rich waters bathing Roatan's reefs. Next they dove Keyhole with its amazing canyons and swimthroughs. They saw crabs, lobsters, mantis shrimp, and amazing groups of cleaner shrimp on anemones and schools of blue fusiliers swirling around Keyhole's otherworld topography.
The next stop of Majestic World Travelers was Copan.
Copan Town is totally charming with its colorful restaurants and cafes, hilly cobblestone streets and ubiquitous tropical flowers. Copan Ruins are said to have once been the largest of all Mayan cities. The Copan Ruins welcoming committee is a dozen Red Macaws that fly overhead from tree to tree and love to pose for photos.
The Ancient Mayans may have disappeared from Copan Ruins, but they left their souls in the many stone carvings that still display their artistic passion, their dignity, pride and facial emotions frozen in time that amaze today's travelers from around the world.
When you hike through the Copan Ruins jungle you can see many agoutis, guacamayas flying overhead, colorful birds and butterflies, magnificent jungle trees and huge jungle spiders that make you feel transported back into ancient times.
Editors note: The stories of Majestic World travelers are exiting and we at the Guatemala Times are getting envious, they have all the fun, and we are sitting in front of our computers and can only write about it. Anyway, as Joseph told us: someone has to do the heavy work, meaning him!! Good luck travelers.
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