Fantasy Island - we got there on Feb 3rd, and as I had guessed, just sort of hung around that day and had some drinks (some sort of rum punch welcome drinks - Charlie called them "Panty Removers" - but then, isn't that a generic term for alcoholic drinks?) LOL
Gary & I (and Dylon and Brook) were put into the Beach House. What an awesome room. Sucked to have the kids stuck with us, but they were always out and about anyways, so it wasn't so bad. The Beach House apparantly belongs to the owner of Fantasy Island, and he was kicked out to accommodate us! (It was a FULL resort that week!)
Sunday & Monday we had to do our 4 OW dives (continuation of class - must be done before getting certified as a scuba diver).
On Sunday, class started at 9:00 am. When we went out to the Gazebo for our first dive, I panicked! Everybody else (7 people) jumped in and went down right away. I jumped in, got water in my mask, felt my eyes burning, realized I was not in a nice, safe, confined pool... and just panicked. Got water in my mouth cause I wasn't holding my regulator correctly, because I was in the middle of a... panic!
The instructor came back up, and came over to ask if I was ok and was I coming down? NO! She saw the panic (I assume), and asked if I'd prefer to try again this afternoon. She had another class at 2:00 with only 3 people in it. YES! And I got the heck out of the water just as fast as I could! I know I know... wuss some of you are thinking. Oh well, just couldn't do it. So, waited for Gary to finish his 2 dives, and took pictures.
After his course, we went for lunch, and I worried about 2:00. But no need. 2:00 was much better. Jumped in and went down almost immediately. Had trouble equalizing my ears so had to keep coming up a bit, and down, up and down. But with the smaller class, it wasn't a huge hold back. Everybody waited for me on their knees at the bottom (approx 30' depth). I finally got there, and it was ok from that point on. In fact, my second dive... I had minimal trouble equalizing my ears, and got down much faster. And felt much more confident. It was so cool!
The first dive was mainly demonstrating skills we had learned. The 2nd dive was more of a scenic dive. Actually going to the reef and enjoying the corals and fish and other critters we found. The instructor showed us a flounder fish (what a WEIRD looking fish!) and a HUGE green moray eel. Lots of corals, and reef fishes. Oh, and a purple tip anemone that Gary saw in the morning dive and asked the instructor to point out to me. I even saw 2 cowfish in the distance! I tried to take off to get closer, but was quickly called back to the group. Sigh. See what I mean? Confidence (or stupidity!) LOL
That 2nd dive was probably one of the best dives I had the whole week. Probably because of my confidence levels that had soared that dive, and the small group which allowed less crowding when we were enjoying the tour. The first group (Gary's) didn't get to see the eel, nor the flounder (nor the cowfish for that matter).
The next morning, I was able to join my original group for dives 3 & 4. We were certified! Hurray! :o)
The rest of the week, the usual agenda was 2 boat dives daily (9:00 am and 11:00 am). We also did 2 night dives during the vacation (1 off the Gazebo, and 1 off the boat). I don't like... no, I HATE night dives. It's definitely not for me. And Gary agrees that he wasn't crazy about them either, so it's a great thing that we agree on that point! We also did a shark dive, which was awesome! Another one of my favorite dives!
Above ground, we did the canopy (zip lines) tour, we did a nature tour that took us to the Iguana Farm, Gumbilimba (sp) Park, and the Butterfly Farm and ended in Coxen Hole for shopping. The canopy tour... well, at least I can say I "did it". :o) I am not a fan of heights, and would probably not do it again, but am glad I did it. The nature tour, on the other hand, was AWESOME!
Wildlife on the resort... lots of monkeys (came on our balcony & climbed on us to get to the food), iguanas (shy on the resort grounds, but the ones at the Iguana Farm were friendly), peacocks, a large rodent that we called "Roatan Rats", ducks, bats, birds, and even a black cat whose tail was missing.
Night life - what night life? Gary and I were usually in bed by 9:00 pm. LOL The resort pretty much shuts down at 11:00 pm anyways. There's no disco or anything. It is, after all, a diver's resort. One night Gary & I stumbled across a bon fire on our way from a walk on the beach before bed time, so stayed for that. They had locals dress up in their traditional costumes and dance for us. It was pretty cool. We got in after 10:00 that night! And we did 2 night dives which had us in after 10:00 pm as well (ooohhhh - we're just party animals, the 2 of us! LOL)
Things that I did not enjoy (but would definitely not stop me from going back!):
1. Sand fleas are brutal! I was eaten alive first night when we went for a walk to the Gazebo. Gary got minimal bites. They sure liked me though! My fault for not using repellant the first night (it was fine after that night, but I used repellent constantly). I sure itched the whole week though!
2. Allergic reaction to ? something. My feet (both) broke out into a big red rash that itched as much if not more than the sand flea bites! It was awful. We figured my feet had an allergic reaction to either my new crocs (bought them at the Toronto airport - brand new) or my fins. We brought a pharmacy with us, but no benadryl. DUH Go figure eh? The gift shop was selling benadryl for 0.50 U.S. per pill, but it was worth it! They helped a lot. :o)
3. The back roll off the boat for the shark dive. As much as I loved the shark dive, I HATED the entry into the water. Their boats didn't have the open backs so we could jump off. We had to sit up on the edge of the boat, and roll in backwards. I had a hard time with it, because the equipment that you're wearing when geared up is HEAVY. And the edge was so thin (ok, I got a fat ---). I couldn't sit on that thin ledge with all the weight bearing me down. Gary was helping me, but I was slipping. And then I slipped back on the bench. And of course as soon as that happened, I was told I could go. GRRRR So, had to try and get back up on the edge, and roll. I did it, but very uncomfortable. I've decided I don't like back rolls very much (unless we do it off a boat with a wider edge - might be ok then - I dunno)
That's about it. Can't wait for my next vacation! :o)
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