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Once upon a time, my dad went to college at UC Santa Barbara. In a lonely little chemistry class, he met a woman named Jen. They became very good friends; and if you have been reading this blog for a while you would know that my dad, Jen and I have travelled together. Well, this summer we are going to Roatan, Honduras, where Jen lives. Luckily, Roatan is only 2 hours away from Miami. When we got to Roatan, we me Jen, and her husband, Steve, at the airport. We drove to their house and after we settled in we went to an area called West End, which consists of restaurants, shops, and diving centers. We went to a restaurant by the water, which was quite clear in Roatan, called Sundowners. I got 2 bracelets from ... read more
West End
Drawing portraits at Sol
Buying Bracelets at Sundowners West End

I did some research comparing the larger, Miami-esque island of Roatan to the laid-back, backpacker-friendly Utila and decided to go for the smaller, quieter option. THE FERRY BARF-A-RAMA Utila is 40km from La Ceiba, and the trip took about 40 minutes on a super-fast ferry, meaning that we were moving at over 32 knots (60 km/hr or 37 mph), which is insanely fast on open Caribbean waters. The math doesn't include the no-wake zones at either end. This translated into basically being stuck on the Bayern Kurve (Pittsburgh reference) for 40 minutes. When we left the port in La Ceiba I wondered why four crewmen stood around the perimeter of the main cabin. At first the passengers were giggling and making roller coaster whoas in unison when we ramped off sizable waves at that speed. But ... read more
Rock Harbour Canal
Dock at Bando Beach

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán November 29th 2018

Tues 27-Thur 29 November - Day 32 to 34 - Roatán Island Today we headed to the idyllic Roatán Island. This is the largest of the beautiful sun-soaked Caribbean Bay Islands. Development on the island means there was plenty to do, but it was also easy to find a deserted beach lapped by warm Caribbean waters. Here we found palm-fringed lagoons, turquoise water, friendly locals, lively nightlife and stunning underwater scenery, with some of the cheapest diving and snorkelling in the world! We caught the Galaxy Wave ferry across to the island. This took around 1.5 hours. With a swell (which is normal) many people were sick. Tom was OK as he had taken a sea-sick tablet and slept most of the way!! A minibus picked us up as Alfredo had organised it beforehand. Gosh, he ... read more
Roatan Island Honduras (1)
Roatan Island Honduras day on the motorbike - zipline & nature park (24)
Roatan Island Honduras motorbike hire for 1 day (2)

You cannot claim you have dived the world, if you have not dived the places that everybody has heard about. So here I am, diving four days in Roatan. Bear in mind, it is also my first visit to Honduras. Honduras has today the reputation of being one of the most dangerous place in the world when it comes to the crime rate. I have no intention to be the target of any gang or any kind of express kidnapping, so don't ask me to stop on the continent. Roatan is actually a very different place. This place is more Caribbean than Central America, and yes it is safe! I took my night plane on Avianca from Lima to San Salvador. There is a short connection before getting on the ATR72 daily flight to Roatan. On ... read more
Spider crab in a sponge...
These guys are pretty solid!
Sting ray...

Unquestionably one of the highlights of Honduras are the Bay Islands. We’ve come to Utila which is the smaller and cheaper of the 2 main islands (the other is Roatan) and also happens to be closer to the coast so easier to reach by fast ferry. We’ve here for 10 fun dives with one of the PADI dive schools (Dive Altons) which friends had recommended. Utila is really all about diving. There are over a dozen dive schools here all offering much the same sort of deal, but each school has their own slightly different emphasis – some have a bit of a party scene and others a more serious style. Altons seems to be about right for us and has good on-site accommodation which is free on the days you dive with them. The dive ... read more

On Tuesday morning, 3rd of April, I took a very early bus to Copán in Honduras. We left at 4AM to avoid heavy traffic in Antigua, Guatemala City and the border. Fortunately, our shuttle was rather empty, just 6 people, and so we all had space enough to stretch and sleep some more. The night before, at 10PM, Max, Jennifer and Rebecka, the Swedish guys from our hike to Acatenango, had decided to join me on my trip to Copán and I had managed to get the number of the shuttle company from the night watch in my hostel and they had managed to reserve a free spot in the shuttle for the next morning. The bus ride was a bit longer than expected, but that was because the others in the shuttle ordered on our ... read more

Dienstag Morgen, den 3. April, habe ich ein sehr frühes Shuttle nach Copán in Honduras genommen. Wir sind um 4h morgens in Antigua losgefahren um dem Verkehr in Antigua, Guatemala und an der Grenze aus dem Weg zu gehen. Zum Glück war unser Shuttle ziemlich leer, nur 6 Leute, so hatten wir alle viel Platz und konnten noch ein paar Stunden schlafen. Am Abend vorher hatten Max, Jennifer und Rebecka, die Schweden von unserer Wanderung zum Acatenango Vulkan, entschieden, sie möchten gerne dasselbe Shuttle nach Copán nehmen wie ich und ich habe vom Nachtwächter unseres Hostels die Nummer des Shuttleunternehmens bekommen und sie haben es geschafft noch 3 Plätze im Shuttle zu reservieren. Die Fahrt war ein bisschen länger als erwartet, denn die anderen im Shuttle mussten während einer Pause unbedingt ein riesiges Frühstück bestellen, dass ... read more

29.5. Die Fahrt nach Antigua bringt uns wiederum 1000 Höhenmeter runter, es wird angenehm warm (bisher brauchte man jeweils abends ein Jäggli, hier ist das nicht mehr nötig). Wir kaufen ein PicNic im Supermarkt und essen Zmittag im Zentralpark, einmal mehr umgeben von schönen Kolonialbauten mit Laubenbogen und bunten Fassaden. Auch die Häuser in den Strassen sind bunt gestrichen, nicht höher als zwei Stockwerke, mit schönen Erkern und kunstvollen Vergitterungen und ergeben so ein gemütliches Ambiente. Wir spazieren den ganzen Nachmittag herum, bestaunen die vielen Kirchen-Ruinen, die alle gesichert und abgesperrt wurden, aber offenbar nicht dem Abriss geweiht sind, und die multikulturellen Läden, Boutiquen und Restaurants. Wir können der Versuchung nicht widerstehen und essen Znacht "chez Christophe", einem Lausanner, der seit 20 Jahren hier lebt und auf seiner Karte u.a.... read more
malerisches Antigua
Heilige mit Kollegin
schöne Lauben

„Honduras has cheap diving“, was all I heard about this country, before I crossed the border in El Poy. Due to a late arrival I spent the night in Nuevo Ocotepeque in a very simple hotel (no backpacker destination - no hostel). After arrival, hungry Antonia looked for some food and FAILED. Nothing except fried chicken, this must be the place where they invented fried chicken – every restaurant sold ONLY FRIED CHICKEN… since I decided a few weeks earlier to exclude meat from my diet I went to bed hungry that night. What town serves JUST fried chicken???? That was an awesome start Honduras… The next day I spent to 90% of my time on the bus because the bus drivers drove five times through and around the town to avoid missing a single passenger. ... read more
crawling deep into the unexplored cave
On the way to the certification

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán February 2nd 2017

I had a relatively quiet day on the ship today. I ordered a breakfast burrito for breakfast by the pool and then headed off the boat to the shopping area that was close by. I walked around the area and surprisingly did not purchase anything. I got back on the boat and since it was so quiet I went out by the pool and read most of the day away. It was really nice to finally relax and enjoy some quiet time. I wound up meeting a small group for drinks spontaneously at the casino bar and then a group of us went to the Pasta Restaurant for dinner. It was really good as we had shared portions of calamari, meatballs, and salad for the first courses. Then for the entrée I ordered the Chicken Parmesan ... read more
Shopping Center
Private Beach Area
Best Chicken Parmesan

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