Blogs from Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras, Central America Caribbean - page 17


A continuation of the last blog ... Loved this place!! Great diving and lots of fun. Reefgliders was a great place to dive! I didnt take much pictures but am trying to get better with the camera.... read more
Jenn and I

Well, I am now an Advanced Open Water Diver and am working on my Rescue Diver certification now! It is AMAZING here, diving is like discovering a new world rich with alien life. It´s like a work of art, the water, the coral and the marine life! Ivé seen all sorts of fish, a sea turtle, barracudas, caves, mountains of life rich with color. I have a few pics but will get more up soon-... read more
The Ulyssis
My Front Porch
My backyard

BUS LESSON UNO CERO UNO: 1. Get to the bus early so you can get a window seat. You will want a window seat. I repeat, you will want a window seat because it gets muy muy stuffy. 2. The seats are built to fit two people, but they pack them in so be prepared to feel some other person’s moist body part on you. 3. Make sure it’s a direct bus. You do not want to be on a bus with no air conditioning, sweaty limbs, and body odor that stops every 5 minutes to pick up passengers who have more sweaty limbs and more body odor. Don’t just ask one person, ask as many as you can “es un autobus directo?” because we asked four people and the tally was 2-2 about exactly where ... read more
Our Indiana Jones plane
View of Roatan

On the way from the Roatan airport to our hotel, we passed Coxen Hole which has great ocean front property without the nice properties. They are shanty houses made of wood and metal sheeting. This area is dominated by the Garifuna* people. We arrived late (obviously) to our hotel, the Kefeito’s Inn, run by Phillip, a Central American Chong (from Cheech and Chong) clone. Since there was no food available at the hotel, we walked, starving, with flashlights on the dark beach to the nearest restaurant. Crabs blanketed the beach and there were so many, you had to watch where you stepped. When we came near, they either retreated to near-by holes or were frozen in fear by us. Much like the grasshoppers, some of the crabs had death wishes. We made it to a restaurant ... read more
Crab on beach 2
crabs 3
Crabs 4

I don’t think there are two more relaxing words in the English language than, “Hammock nap”. Chong’s place had two hammocks out on the porch that overlooked paradise, with the green forest and exotic birds singing their ever-loving beaks off. I did not see any other people staying at the Inn, so we had this wonderful place all to ourselves. It was hot, but to lie in a hammock after a shower and feel the breeze hit, felt like I was knee-deep in a Jimmy Buffet song. Between naps, I contemplated the world generally and life specifically. I think that happens when you’re one day removed from feeling like your stomach was eating you. My life. Any life is so precious. Everyone says your health is the most important thing, but I’d have to say your ... read more
Yes, the ocean was blue
Looking at the ocean from our deck
Don't you wish you were here?


Our guide book said it was going to be $10 to get into the Gumba Limba park, but they were charging $20 and didn’t take credit cards. We told the girl at the ticket counter that it was more expensive than we thought and after a minute of discussion, we decided not to go. We weren’t so much cheap, rather worried, because we didn’t have a lot of cash left and didn’t know if the ATM’s would ever work. If that were the case, we’d need to reserve the rest of our money for Chong. So we left. Danielle and I stopped to smell the roses, literally just out of sight of the park’s entrance. As I was smelling, I heard laughing, and the voice of the ticket seller coming from the park entrance. She cackled, ... read more
Stoic bird
close up bird
Jurassic Park

Went diving the next day, and to be honest, I was underwhelmed. The water is warm and there’s a good amount of marine life, but I just expected there to be more. It’s like going to a Dodger game, and they’re out of Dodger dogs. I would still have a good time, but I’d be left wanting. I heard about Roatan having amazing diving, but it was sparse. I saw a lot of coral which is not what you want to remember about a dive, and compared to Hawaii it paled. I got heat rash on my feet, that looks like I dipped them in red paint. It doesn’t hurt, but it really looks like it should. What does really hurt, are my thighs that got burned like a mother. I put suntan lotion on, but ... read more
Enjoying a Port Royal at Sunset
Here's the Corona commercial
Sunset postcard

After a hot and noisy night listening to everybody else´s air conditioner (a luxury we didn´t have in our room!) and the driving rain, the alarm went off at 4.55am and we crawled out of bed. It had actually stopped raining to our relief.....but this turned out to only be a brief reprieve as, by the time we had packed everything up it had started again and so we had to unpack to get our waterproofs out. It was a short walk in the driving rain to the bus station but enough to get us soaked though luckily we caught a chicken bus that was just leaving and, initially at least, it was not too crowded. However, it was a two hour plus journey towards a major city, La Ceiba, so became very crowded and cramped ... read more
Waves crashing on the shore by the hotel

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán February 24th 2008

Today, Thursday, we arrived at the port of Roatan in Honduras at 0800hrs local time, 1500hrs UK time. Not wanting to rub it in but the temperature on arrival was 26c but only 27c by noon. Roatan is the largest and most developed of the Bay Islands, a group of small islands off the northeast coast of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea. An island known for it's many attractions. both on land and water. It is about 33 miles long and just over 2 miles wide at its widest point. Spanish is the official language of Honduras but many people in Roatan speak English. Being such a small island, not much to say. We decided not to venture ashore as first thing in the morning, my back went, so laid up all day. We did manage ... read more
The Post Office
The School

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 10th 2007

We went diving in Honduras, our first diving of the trip so far! Our first dive took us to 70 feet below the depths for about 50 minutes, and the second dive took us to 30 feet for 45 minutes. We both tried rolling off the boat from a seated position instead of stepping off the back of the boat to enter the water. Our divemaster gave us both great advice, the water conditions were great (about 25 meter visibility) and we would both recommend Roatan for diving.... read more
Signaling that we are OK after entry!
Kevin getting ready to make the plunge off the dive boat!

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