Sambo Creek is home to Garifuna villages and the hyped canopy tour. For $45 we got to whiz through the jungle for 90 minutes, then soak up the atmosphere in the natural hot springs. There's not as many pools as the ones near La Ceiba, but you get a delicious tray of fruits and a 30 minute full body massage included. The massage in the jungle would've been what dreams are made of IF I was being bitten alive by mossies. I swear the lotion she put on actually attracted them even more. Maybe there's a market for deet massages in these infested areas?!

We then made our way to the Bay of Islands port (east of La Ceiba, turning left at Uno fuel station). The parking is 100 lempiras a day (£3 ish), which you pay when you get back from the islands. Dougal is secure, so we are happy with that. The cheapest boat to go with is Utila Princess and it leaves twice a day at 9:30am and 4pm. It takes an hour to reach Utila. 

Once we got to Utila the Mango Inn/Utila Dive Centre (UDC) was there to meet us and take us to the accommodation. For $299 you get either a PADI Open Water Course, Advanced PADI course or Rescue Diver course, PLUS 4 nights free at Mango Inn in a dorm. We blagged an additional night, by being cheeky asking via email before we came. To upgrade to a private room for the 4 nights, it's an additional $60pp. We think the dorms are adequate and have a maximum of 4 people in it, so we couldn't justify the price (which can go towards dive goodies). AND lucky for us, there was no-one to share our room with anyway, so we essentially got a private room for free. We did the paper work with Utila and then ate the best pizzas since we were in Italy at Mango Inn. There's a reason everyone bangs on about them...

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