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Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 19th 2012

12 19 2012 Roatan Dive 12. Mating eels We had a late start. I missed my deadline for Ocean Views. The system took my payment but not the uploads. We dove the Coco View West Wall once again. Steve spotted sargassum on the surface. I grabbed a piece and I noticed a weird shrimp on it. I bolted off to grab SK fin and I guess I lost the shrimp with the current. I grab another piece and It had 3 shrimp in it: a sargassum shrimp, a stripped clear one and a tiny whiny one. I tried to hold it steady for SK but the surge was moving us not even holding my breath. I took them a little deeper but the water was a bit disturbed and it was difficult to focus. I hope ... read more
Lizard fish
Sargassum Shrimp
Trumpet fish

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 18th 2012

Roatan Dive 8. East Coco View wall We didn’t do the night dive and didn’t wake up for a 6 am dive. We went on the quest for the big eye with the huge isopod on its front head. Diane said it lives “to the left - just past where the wall really starts, near the big overhang, go a little further than the overhang in around 25'. There is a small cave in one of the crevasses. Back in there is a big eye with a HUGE isopod on it's forehead”. We didn’t see it but definitely going to look for it again. Steve found Diane’s whip coral shrimp and got it with a nice blue background. Thanx Diane for that one. I will post the shot if he gives me the ok. When Steve ... read more
Yellowfin Snapper
Lizard fish
Yellow head jawfish

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 18th 2012

Steven Kovacs and Judy Townsend let me use these image for the blog to match the story. I decided to do a special post just with them. Two different species of wire coral shrimp. Wow!... read more
Wire coral shrimp By Judy Townsend

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 17th 2012

Roatan Dive 4. Mary’s Place. Mary’s Place is an amazing deep crack (70 ft) for 200 ft and a little turn to towards the end. Amazing for wide angle silhouette shot of a diver vertical to the wall. I had plan for the wide angle but the buttons were stocked and couldn’t adjust settings. Also I forgot to turn strobes off. I don’t need them for a silhouette. I felt like a complete amateur. DM Marcus promised me to plan a repeat for us and maybe I can get a shot. I put the bad battery in the camera so ..not many photos for me just a few test shots. 80 ft 58min Ni 31% 84oF 12 lbs + ankl 3mm + Bear 7mm Roatan Dive 5. Newman’s Wall. The boat dropped us off at the ... read more
Garden eel By Judy Townsend
Yellowhead jawfish with eggs By Judy Townsend
Chocolate-lined topsnail By Judy Townsend

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 16th 2012

2012 12 16 Roatan Dive 1. Check out dive. Coco View has a mandatory rule for new divers: Assist an orientation meeting where they talk about all the rules and procedures, watch a 24 min video that is pretty informative and they top it off with a check out dive and there is no way out of it. I was assigned to a group of about 7 divers all pretty average except for one that kept going up and down to the point that had every body worried. I signaled the DM that I would stay with the group and waited for him while he ascended and assisted him. We went to the left from the entrance towards the Coco View wall. I saw a couple of Hamlets, a lime green mantis (My friend Judy took ... read more
Dog Snapper.
20121211 Mantis shrimp #2
Petalifera ramos

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Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 12th 2012

On our last full day on the island, we hired a well experienced and local cabbie (George) to take us around the island from the west end to east end and back. There is really only one road, but much to see. The island is about 2 miles wide and 28 miles long. We first visited the West End, which is the most travelled by tourists. At that end are terminals for cruise ships, shops, diving and other tours, and restaurants. All of these things are especially aimed at the island visitors. There is a nice beach, but not really for swimming due to the boat traffic. For us, nothing to really write home about (but, I guess we are, here) but it is a good place for people to hang. Next we visited the “Mayan ... read more
Just okay...NOT
I want to live here!
Hold me Daddy!

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 11th 2012

We are “slothing” it (new word we made up here). We will admit to completely and totally forgetting which day of the week we arrived or any other day since we have been here. We keep forgetting the fact that we need to take a water bottle everywhere and that showering should be a daily event, but at least we remember our names. You can sit here and watch the view for hours. If you wanted to, you could just read a book in the hammock and the book wouldn’t have to be any good at all. We spend part of each day in the top of a tree-house (our room), walking on the beach, watching little kids trying to catch crabs and fish, swimming in the sea and in a cold pool, playing with the ... read more
The reef 27
Starfish 8
Self-pic at reef!

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 8th 2012

Why would Floridians travel to a tropical island? Where else would you have a big sea, mostly to yourself, cute fish, an afternoon trade-wind rustling the palm fronds, and new local adventures, all at the same time!!! (Not in Florida!) We taxied it to the airport in San Salvador and hopped on a propeller plane for Roatan, Honduras. See photos. The one-hour plane ride saved us about ten hours of road travel due to the lack of good and fast roads. This island is along the same reef as the one in Belize (Meso-American), but you do not need a boat to get to it. TranquilSeas is the name of our hotel (actually, ecolodge). This place is completely cool. We feel like part of the Swiss Family Robinson. The whole place is basically a tree-house. Our ... read more
Our private dock!
Three poles, Ann and a boat.  Nice!
Guy cleaning his fresh fish.


Two days in lush gardens, hot showers and Eggs Benedict included, for less than a rate at Holiday Inn Express, should make you jealous!! People are smiling at us and are happy we are here. We are in a quaint small town with cobblestone streets. December 1stwas a day for rest and exploration. We were told to leave our laundry in bags on the bed and they would have it done by the afternoon. No problemo! Our room was magnificently cleaned and even our toiletries were organized, including toothbrushes (which were stood upright) and toothpaste. Jeans were folded on top of the suitcases and Wilson was given a very special place on the desk. We travelled around town on foot for quite some time. The roads are uneven stone, but we have learned to maneuver in ... read more
Not a bad view down the road...
A cobbler plying his trade.
Ann all alone at Copan ruins


Sadly, we have only two tickets left in our Gerlinde book. First up is the “private transfer” from Rio Dulce to Copan, Hunduras, which includes some sights along the way. Secondly, we have the 2 night stay in Copan. Although tickets sound boring, the stories that come from them are far from it! How we now wish we had documented our “normal” days at home all of these years or other trips abroad. This morning, we packed up and headed to the dock and the awaiting ferryman. Without much fanfare, we boarded the small boat and were on our way. Once across the river from the Tijax (it was then raining), we hoofed our backpacks to the Sun Dog Café where we were to meet our driver at 8 a.m., whom we did not know, and ... read more
On the road from Rio Dulce 2
El Boqueron #2
El Boqueron (the front/back of our boat!)




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