We have arrived! (Actually we arrived many days ago and have since moved on…) We arrived on the island of Roatan and quickly found a taxi to bring us to our first hotel, Splash Inn. We were greeted with a lovely ‘Welcome Drink’ and quickly made ourselves comfortable. Roatan is quite a big island but most tourists seem to stay either on West End (where we were) or West Bay. We easily walked the length of West End in 15 minutes which is splattered with restaurants and dive shops. Many restaurants have decks overlooking the ocean where we would attempt to catch spectacular sunsets but there always seemed to be clouds blocking our view.
We spent the second day on West Bay. For $3 a person you could get a speedboat to take you to the next beach which is the more desirable beach. It’s wide enough to find a secluded spot and long enough to feel like you worked off those beers and fajitas from earlier. Katie and I made sure to lather up with sunscreen and find shade but we still found ourselves looking like typical naive tourists with much of our bodies burnt. We are still suffering from this day. We found ourselves a good snorkelling spot at the end of the beach and went out quite a ways, seeing many bright fish and testing out Katie’s go-pro. I was searching for sharks… but none were found.
The following day we took a dive refresher course since I haven’t been diving in 3 years. It’s always a bit stressful doing the skills (such as filling and emptying the mask with water, or losing your BCD and finding it again) but we survived! We did two dives and I would say this was some of the best corral I have seen so far. We swam along many corral walls, through a tunnel, and saw some impressive fish. We saw lots of rainbow fish, lion fish (which are hunted in Honduras), a Southern stingray, moray eels, huge groupers, shrimps, anenomes, etc. I for one loved getting back into the ocean… it’s been too long!
After 3 full days on the island, we took off by ferry to the mainland for some rainforest time!