a little touch of paradise
Honduras Travel Blog› entry 6 of 10 › view all entries
October 14th, 2007 – by: Missimone
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!.
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.
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.
Not sure where next.
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