Blogs from Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras, Central America Caribbean


This is another port and adjacent port area that has been built with mooring so the ship has no need to use tenders to reach shore. As we have done various organised trips every day so far, we thought we would not have one today, and stay around the port instead. This proved to be extremely relaxing and great fun. We had a wander around all the normal tourist shops around the port. Within the port shops there were several interesting items that been put out for photograph opportunities. Many of these were comical character feet or bodies with heads missing. One object that caught George´s eye was a cake that opened up, like you would get at a birthday party. He found that there was a door at the back of the cake to enable ... read more
Carnival Glory
Mahogany Bay - Roatan
Theresa at Mahogany Bay - Roatan

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán February 17th 2014

Last week we drove to Miami then flew to Roatan to attend the wedding of nephew Scott and his bride Lindsay. It was a very pleasant getaway - but for American Airlines losing our luggage for 5 days. We had arranged to borrow clothes from relatives then the bag showed up unexpectedly the evening before the wedding. Here are a few pics of our week. We are back boat-sitting Gust O'Wind until the end of the months, then head across Florida to Dunedin to spend March in the sun. We may not be in a hurry to get home in April. Peg, the lady who does a walk around at our Sauble home once a week reported that she couldn't make it last week as there was 10 feet of snow in the driveway. She sent ... read more
West Bay
Water taxi
Clear water

Today we arrive at Rostsn in Honduras, along side we have 2 cruise ships one with 2400 people and the other over 3000, we are herded into small mini busses and go to the bird and butterfly garden but the main attraction is the baby spider monkey the loved being cuddled by the grannies, we also saw many other birds and animals, then across to the butterfly's and wow how beautiful they were many species and vibrant colours, from there to the botanical gardens and I not Margaret climbed up the hill some 800 metres to the look out for a great view along the coast, then down and look at all the plants and trees, from Cinnamon to Chocolate all herds and spices really interesting, back to the ship and we sail for Laughing Bird ... read more

I am back , did not get sea sick although the ship did a bit of rock and roll across the swells. Arrived into Lemon, Costa Rica but on the Atlantic side and were taken by boat into the Tortuguero Canals through the area known as the Costa Rican Amozon rain forest, along the canals we saw Spider Monkeys, Sloaths and many very brightly coloured bird, the guide also found a brightly coloured frog very toxic to its predators, back to the wharf and along side our ship of some 4000 to 5000 tonnes is the Holland America ship of about 100000 tonnes, carries close to 300 passenger to ours 100. We set sail overnight for our next stop San Andreas in Colombia. We are taken by taxis around the island, well taxis, no speedo, no ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 24th 2013

A Glimmer Realized, An Opportunity Jumped At Having previously travelled to Honduras via C130 on a whim with my friend David Verde, we flew over some exquisite photo opportunities on the way to visit his family in Tegulcigalpa (the capital) and Palmerola. Sitting in the cockpit with the pilots, I asked about the Earth's artwork that we saw. "Oh, that's Roatan." I had never heard of the tiny little Honduran island, had never even thought about Honduras as a diving destination. Of course, at that point, I had only been diving for about a year, but it sparked an interest and I carried that as a place I'd like to see one day. Who would I take? Now, add a chance view of a former high school classmate's Facebook page. I see a photo of Ronna ... read more
First Dive
Zen Krysten
Surrounded by Sharks


Following a border crossing, and two 8 hour buses we made it to San Pedro, which is the second biggest (and most dangerous apparently) city in Hondorous. Honduras has the city with the highest murder rate per capita in the world so we knew we had to be careful and stay safe. We were staying in a hostel down from a super big shopping mall so headed there (walking with a serious purpose to deter any thiefs, crooks or artful dodgers) in the hope of food. We needn't have worried too much about anything happening to us as outside every business shop was a guy with a massive pump action shot gun ready to go at any trouble. Even INSIDE the shopping mall there were lots of security - best to be safe than sorry l ... read more
West End divers where Craig got his PADI
Some yummy home cooked food
Our balcony

We started out the winter cruising season of 2013 in the Bay Islands of Honduras. We sailed from Guatemala to Isla de Roatan where we met up with our friends Greg and Willena on s/v Kajun Diva. We did an island shuffle during the winter months along with Kajun Diva between West End, Roatan, French Cay Harbor, Roatan, and the island of Utila leaving each harbor whenever the weather changed. West End, Roatan was our favorite hangout but when the wind blew out of the west as it always did right before a norther, it became very uncomfortable since there was no protection from the waves when the wind was blowing out of the west. So of course the day before a norther blew through, we would head out either for French Cay Harbor or for ... read more
Utila beach 3-4-13
Halfmoon Cay, Lighthouse
Lighthouse Reef

Nothing too blog-worthy in the last six weeks or so, as I’ve been spending most of my time learning some Spanish. I started with four weeks in Colombia - two weeks of school in Bogota before moving along to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast for a couple of weeks. I spent the most recent two weeks in Montezuma, Costa Rica for another change of scenery. The good news is that I’ve managed to pick up the basics of the language and some vocabulary; the bad news is that it is going to take months to become reasonably proficient! It has been good to challenge my brain (frankly, it was over-challenged on a few occasions) and interesting to hear, even within the same country, how the language varies. I spent most of my time in Bogota staying ... read more
Museo del Oro - Bogota 8
Salt Cathedral - Zipaquira 1
Botero Museum - Bogota 2

Today we woke up after a long sleep as we had a relatively early night last night after we rolled home after our giant steaks! We were excited cos today was Take 2 Dolphin Day! We sorted through some pics and then got up and went down into the town to get some breakie. We went back to the same place we were at yesterday as our omelette was amazing. And half of our group had the same idea as we bumped into about 5 of them there! We wandered about the town for while and then headed back to the hotel to chill out before our dolphin adventure. We grabbed a coconut curry chicken wrap to share and take-away from Earth Mamas and it was so yummy! We came into town again to get a ... read more
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We woke up to a beautiful sunny day and got our first look of the resort by daylight. Its so cool! Our resort is right on the ocean with a pool area overlooking the sea. We wandered into town and went to a breakie restaurant that had a porch out the back right on the beach. We both ordered omelets (which were delicious) and freshly squeezed OJ to start our day. The restaurant was owned by this really annoying American woman who was treating the poor waitor boy like a school kid, telling him which way all the salt and pepper shakers had to face on, who cares! We were reliably (mis)informed by our guide that we were booked in for 1pm for the Dolphin Adventure and we were to meet at the resort reception. ... read more

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