Santa Catalina

November 18, 2018

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When I was planning my second Panamá leg, I consulted Mr Flipflop while I was in Roatán. He’d had some travel adventures and told me the best diving was in Coiba marine park. “Santa Catalina Natasha (his pet name for me) is the place to go. It’s beautiful and a cool place. The diving in […]

The Panama Railway Canal

November 17, 2018

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Eight weeks ago I’d read about a journey you could take along the canal passing the isthmus from the Pacific side to the Caribbean side of Panama. It was by train journey through the rainforest. So far I’ve done most modes of transport this trip – plane, car, bus, taxi, submarine and now train. So […]

The Guna

November 17, 2018

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The Guna are one of Latin America’s most recognised indigenous people. Their homeland, the San Blas Islands (Guna Yala pronounced Kuna), is semi autonomous. Scattered across the Caribbean coast these atoll-looking homes (no coral reef as such here) make up an archipelago of more than 350 islands. Each one with its own zone (a total […]

Yellow Submarine

November 14, 2018

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I first met Mr Sub three weeks ago. I think it was serendipity. I’d gone out on a date which turned out to be more of a dinner meeting. Maybe I should have stayed home and cooked those prawns in the fridge? Better food and more enjoyable. I left deflated, $20 lighter and not surprised. […]

Pico Bonito National Park

November 5, 2018

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Pico Bonito National Park lies on the mainland of Honduras close to the coastal town of La Ceiba. Named after the beautiful Ceiba trees that populate this area. A spectacular, raw and almost unspoilt rainforest landscape, Pico Bonito makes up part of the Mesoamerican biological corridor. I’ve trekked through many NPs in my time and […]

The snake catchers

October 15, 2018

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“Look what’s come to watch a movie with us?” Mr Flipflop smiled as I entered his apartment with my dinner packed into a plastic Tupperware box. Putting my food on the living room coffee table I peered closely at the patio door. Laura Croft was sat, with her knees gathered into her chest, gazing adoringly […]

Instructing

October 8, 2018

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I’ve been itching to teach a full certification since I qualified. They say be careful what you wish for. Three days into my first week on Roatán I was handed a rescue student to train. For me this is the first certification as a recreational diver, that pushes you towards becoming a pro diver. It’s […]