a little touch of paradise

Honduras Travel Blog

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west end, roatan
I arrived in Honduras with a few other people and went straight to Roatan which is a little diving island off the coast is the caribbean. It supposedly has the cheapest diving in the world on a great reef.  it has lots of long term locals/travellers, honduran and garifunas (africans-caribbeans). So there is some awesome night life.
We hitched a ride to town which is basically one sand road along the bay lined with little lodges, restaurant/bars and dive shops.

I ended up with another 8 people i had met in different parts of guatemala which was a great. The first night there we went to  "Lands End" where there was live music (jack) and i danced around like an idiot all night.
great way to meet the locals tho (some of whom i'd told i either had a boyfriend or was a lesbian - a great thing to be reminded about later that week). and back to the house party afterwards.  Somehow in the drunken state i managed to hook up with a great crowd. The following day we went sailing on Jonathans yacht, finishing the day sailing under the stars, saw a shooting star, jack  playing his guitar and singing, drinking beer and relaxing.  paradise....

soon i moved into that beach house so i lived right on the ocean with a massive balcony, wharf and a little island with dolphins out the fromt (swim with the dolphin thingy). hanging out with the expats everynight. i hooked up with jonathan and it is all relationshippy for my time here on roatan.
diving is fantastic here
and i learnt to drive a moped. it's a beautiful island to explore. a little bit of paradise.

we did a dive off the sailboat and i have done a few others with the local dive companies.
just did an awesome dive this morning through a lot of caves and swim thrus . saw the biggest fukin moray i have ever seen and one of those sucker fish was on my tank and back the whole time.
saw a turtle the other day and the coral is gorgeous. Also dived a ship dive and swam through everything I could. exploring the life and death of the ship. and then to Mary´s Place the top dive of the island for beautiful coral gardens and the most fish i have ever seen, swim throughs and tunnels. Really nice dives.

and some big nights on this little island. i'm hanging out with a bunch of expats here and one of them has a sail boat.
on cayos cochinos. we were the gringos that took an orca with us on a sailing trip


A group of 4 of us planned a sail trip to caiyos cochinas about 20miles away to leave after a night out and with the wind at 3am in the morning. now 4 of us knew what we were getting into.... the othr 6 invited themselves that night when drunk and did not quite realise the condition of the boat. now everything does  works... sort of.... sometimes... if you are lucky.
but we set off in the middle of the night and only 1/2 hour in the wind and the rain started. you could not get away from it. people were throwing up over the sides or getting dripped on inside and tossed around. me and jack were dancing trying not to fall over and not holding on and were absolutely wasted and having a great time. in the morning we had reached the cayes. here the boat was towed by the waterpolice from one mooring to another and the rudder broke as the keel dragged along the coral.
sailing in calmer weather.
. the locals (garifunas) came out in their little canoes to take us to the little island. all but one of the canoes sank as we madly tried to bail it out. so we swam for shore.  then passed out exhausted and we all got bad sunburn on the beach.
the 5 that had signed on drunk refused to get back on the yacht for the 20mile sail back and paid to get taken to the mainland by one of the little boats.  ... and then there were 5 ...we explored this ridiculously little island with about 100 people living on their patch of sand and watched some garifuna dancing and drums.
then we sailed to another island and finally  moored to a hotel where 2f people got a room for the night. ... so then there was only 3 .... and when we thought nothing could go wrong one of the girls gets an allergic reaction and thinks her throat is closing up!  but all ok.
jonathan and me

the next morning we intend to leave about 6am to get back for jonathans and jacks gig at 1pm but of course, the motor was broken. finally we fixed it and left a bit before 9am..... but there was no wind. and being on a sail boat, this was fairly important. we travelled along at 1knot , jumpng in and swimming around the boat, playing on the blow up orca we had taken, playing guitar, drinking beer, trying to keep out of the killer sun, so hanging up sheets and looking like hippies.
finally the wind does pick up a little but just as we go to pull into the bay the motor breaks again! jonathan warns us to get ready to jump over board (just in case) and i am on the bow, with a rope in hand ready to swim to shore and pull them in if need be. finally blessed! the wind works for us and we sail in beautifully!.
nights out roatan
finally home and alive. albeit only half the crew and 5 hours late.... absolutely a great weekend and a bit of adventure on the high seas.....   :)

We climbed hills, danced it up, partied hard and had a blast. Roatan is an awesome island and West End is a great place to hang out and reñax for a while. Far removed from Central America (the official language is english). Something different.

Jonathan and I plan to travel the mainland for a while, so we ship the orange jeep across and head for La Ceiba and some White Water Rafting. This is meant to be one of the best rivers in Central America but the water level is up so we only do part of the river and this is still hairy. The boats are small and the features are big. After a number of rapids (and a little bit of high-pitched screaming from me) we stop and deliberate about the last rapid.
rafting - where we flipped
There is a whirlpool, a tight canyon and waves going in all directions. The American guide is not going - he doesn´t want anyone to drown, but the kiwi guide will give it a go, any takers?? but of course. Jonathan and I jump in and one other does as well. We do OK, paddle hard but then a hard hit knocks 2 of us from our seat and then another wave hittin the side sends us rolling over in slow motion. Now we are in the water and holding to the boat for dear life. Jonny gets held under for 1/2 a minute and i cling on, narrowly missing the canyon wall. Bit of adrenalin, bit scary, but we survive, ready to do it again! Always fun.

We drive to the otherside of Honduras to Copan Ruinas. The town is a beautiful old Colonial town, with the cobblestone streets and old 1 or 2 level small shops and homes.
the canopy zip line
Cute little restaurants and bars and vines crawling across walls. The reason is for the Ruins which we first view from the ar on a canopy tour. This was an awesome canopy tour, about 15 ziplines, and 2 of them about 1km long. You could just fly through the air so fast. Crazy. Then of course we flew Superman style, clipped hoizontally underneath someone else. And in true Central American style, no secondary safety line or pads on the trees. And i took a dog with me on one!!! Then to the Copan Ruins to wander round and try and imagine the life back then. It is beautiful and peaceful and not too busy, with many intricately detailed statues and stone carvings throughout the grounds. It is amazing to see what they could create back in the 7th centure or around that time.

Not sure where next.
copan ruins - one of the kings jaguar or rabbit something....
... but it is not as easy as we thought travelling by jeep. it was fine in honduras and guatemala not to have plates, but we got tuned back from el salvador (so kicked out with the car after 4 hours at the border) once we had crossed a corner of guatemala to get there. because of no plates. we actually drove all the way back to the town of copan where we had seen some licence plates on the walls of a bar there. we spent half the morning and had a couple of cocktails for good measure, went to the hardware store for tools, and then finally managed to rip the plate off the wall while the 4 waitstaff including a 6.5ft chef were in the restaurant with us. all the while jonathan was making up a fake title to go with the montana  plates on his computer. then we got into a car accident and paid the guy off to keep going before the cops got there.
copan ruins
(despite not being in the wrong here - but its always the white gringo´s fault). so far i have almost drowned, gotten kicked out of a country, stolen a plate and gotten into an accident.... hmmm maybe i should leave jonathan behind at the next border??




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west end, roatan
west end, roatan
diving is fantastic here
diving is fantastic here
on cayos cochinos. we were the gri…
on cayos cochinos. we were the gr…
sailing in calmer weather.
sailing in calmer weather.
jonathan and me
jonathan and me
nights out roatan
nights out roatan
rafting - where we flipped
rafting - where we flipped
the canopy zip line
the canopy zip line
copan ruins - one of the kings jag…
copan ruins - one of the kings ja…
copan ruins
copan ruins
diving off roatan
diving off roatan