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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

Not an overly exciting blog today sorry guys. It involves a bus, a wait at a bus station, another bus, then a ferry and another bus. Massive travel day however after 12 hours we have arrived at Roatan Island in the Carribean Sea. The day started with us catching the 7am 'chicken bus' from Copan. A chicken bus is the name given to the old American school buses that for some reason have been acquired by the Central American countries for use as public buses. We had pre-ordered breakfast so were glad when our egg and bacon rolls were handed out. Unfortunately, we had also ordered strawberry smoothies however as the guy was handing them out, 3 of them somehow tipped over and spilt everywhere all over the floor. Even worse was that because I was ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán February 15th 2013

Thursday 14thFebruary: Roatan, Honduras. We sailed into Coxen Hole Roatan just after daybreak after an overnight journey directly east from Belize City, and it was very nice to see green hills again after the totally flat scenery of Mexico, Louisiana and Belize. Roatan is a small island with an interesting history having been under British rule/occupation before it was exchanged for Belize. Consequently, many of the communities still have English names e.g. Coxen Hole is named after a 16th Century English pirate John Coxen. Henry Morgan and Edward Teach (Blackbeard) also based themselves in Roatan at various times. It’s very small, only 20 miles long and on average a mile wide. After docking we walked off the ship to see how much the taxis would charge to take us to a resort in the north of ... read more
Voodoo dancers welcoming the ship
Parrot Beach
Roatan Harbour

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 31st 2012

Just got to spend one day here while on a cruise. We went to the Gumbalimba Park.... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán December 23rd 2012

After a lovely sea day cruising past Cuba, we arrived in Grand Cayman. We were just about to go off the ship and do a little snorkeling when the skies opened up and it rained buckets. We waited for quite a while and then it got too close to the Riviera’s departure time so we just enjoyed the day on the ship. We have been to Cayman a number of times and have always gone swimming with the manta rays. We were sorry to miss them this time. When we anchored off Cozumel it was raining again but fortunately it let up long enough for us to take a stroll around town and find a nice family restaurant which served up some pretty good food --Mexican, of course. The first two weeks of December are traditionally ... read more

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