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This truly was an all out eclectic mix of exceptional first time diving events for me and one I wish to share with you, but FIRST, I have to give special thanks to Alejandra Casco, the local Honduran, diving instructor who made it all happen. She was the one who guided me on that one stellar dive – in her short shorts, rash guard, white mask, and neon pink Atomic regulator, she lead the way as I floated through these unfamiliar waters in a place which right away became my favorite dive site to date, the wreck of the Prince Albert. There is a little bit of everything here, long drop offs with all kinds of coral formations exploding with color, a large variety of micro and macro organisms crawling and swimming in all directions, including an impressive 140 foot tanker, sitting upright at 65 feet of water. This site is Coco View’s most popular night dive located just in front of the Dive Center, in what they call their “front yard”. It becomes even more special when you add a second wreck located very close to the PA, a DC-3 airplane which has lost part of its fuselage due to hurricane Mitch in 1998, but which remains a cool wreck specially for those who have never seen a plane underwater before (you can still make out part of the wings and the mid passenger section). This dive included yet again, another first on my log book, finishing the dive with a walk-out to shore and realizing how convenient and effortless a dive like that can be. It was soooo relaxing – I even used up the entire tank of air, another first. In the end, there was Alejandra walking next to me until we reached a pier where we paused for a while to discuss this amazing hour-plus long dive.
Ale, as she is called in short, learned how to dive and completed her PADI diving courses at Paradise Divers in Utila, gaining valuable job experience at the Utila Dive Center, later on at the Fantasy Island Dive Center in Roatan and now at the peak of her career at the Coco View Dive Center, located close to French Harbour, Roatan. It is hard to believe this “front yard” is what Ale calls her office, and where she actually works as a diving instructor and is host to a special kind of customer. These are mostly experienced divers who bring their own dive gear, camera equipment, and who dive 4 times a day for 10 days, if not more.