|CAPIRO BANKmakes for good photographs|
|TDCinvites you to dive in|
|MARES GEARfor sale|
To begin with, your point of entry in the islands is usually a dock located next to, or at short distance from the dive shop, so you basically carry your gear a few meters to a stationary boat for relatively easy entry. Not so in Tela, here the only option (the TDC) is located inland, still close to the beach so you can walk, but not close enough so you can walk while carrying your tank and equipment, therefore a car ride in Marcelo’s pickup truck is required. The actual entry point into the boat can also be a bit of a hassle considering Tela has no dock for easy loading and unloading, instead, crashing waves which are almost nonexistent in the Islands await, rocking the boat and lengthening the boarding process. Still nothing you can’t handle unless you have a bad back like me, and still I helped out loading the gear anyway. Also, for those who are prone to get seasick, there’s no need to worry there either, as Marcelo has the solution with a Dramamine pill prior to boarding ship. DO TAKE ONE, you will thank me later! In terms of transportation, the TDC boat has more than enough space to fit 8 divers comfortably and enough HP to take you to Capiro which is located about 5 kilometers away, arriving in some 20 odd minutes. After threading over the crests of some medium sized waves we made it to our first buoy and began prepping up for dive numero 1. To state the obvious, when diving, you want to see things; therefore good visibility is something sought after in any dive. One would also expect that with a stronger tide there would be a lot of loose sediment floating around; and unfortunately, that is exactly what occurs in Tela, affecting visibility which is reduced to about 50 to 60% from that of Roatan; still very decent (proof of which can be observed in these photos), but I must warn you, if you have been spoiled by perfect visibility, where the ocean looks pretty much like your backyard pool (i.e. Bay Islands), then Tela might not be for you. You always should take into account that the visibility is best during the months of March through August, making it the best time to dive Tela.
|BEAUTIFULthere are no other words to describe it!|
|the abundantLION FISH|
|Thanks to Maria Marta Nemes - Graphic Designer who splashed some color into these photos!|