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Leaving Roatan

Bye bye beaches

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Tomorrow we will try to leave Roatan, by catching the morning ferry to La Ceiba, and then a bus onwards to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. We've been here long enough now, and its time to get going if we are to make it to David in Panama by the 24th of June, for the Liveaboard, without stress. A little bit nostalgic, as this will probably be the last beachtime we will see in a while - when we hit South America it will still be winter/early spring there, and not very warm. But the heat here makes us look forward to that, actually, so it should be OK. Right now, our focus is on the liveaboard in Malpelo, which should be amazing, but I am sure we can have a nice few days in Nicaragua or Costa Rica on the way there. ;)

Also, leaving here will give us a bit of a break from partying and drinking - not that it hasn't been fun, but it's nice to see some more stuff, and travel is not all partying, hey :)

More news from the road soon - hopefully we can find places to use wireless internet with our new laptop, otherwise it'll be internet cafe's again.

Posted by monkyhands 14:59 Archived in Honduras Comments (2)

News from Roatan

Not much to report...

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Finally, we are back with more news here from Roatan. As mentioned, internet here is very expensive, and also we have simply been too lazy to write (island life can make you very lazy). But now, we have a new laptop, and since there is wireless internet in the diveshop, we no longer have an excuse. Yep, new laptop. Ordered it from the states, thanks to a great guy from there, who helped us organise it all (thanks Shane :)). It took a while, and a little bit of trouble, but now its here. And it even turned out cheaper than expected, as we thought we would be paying import tax, but apparently computers are duty free in Honduras. Its really going to make life easier to have a computer, with all the pictures we are taking. It was getting really annoying to sit around in internet cafes for hours trying to upload them.

Anyway, enough about the laptop. We are still in Roatan. It is a beautiful island, with white sand beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters, all set against a jungle interior. (No wonder they filmed the first series of Temptation Island on one of the cays here J). However, its not always as idyllic as it sounds to be hanging out on a Caribbean island. The weather here has turned extremely hot by now, so that any physical exertion, even small, makes you sweat profusely. Also makes it hard to sleep at night, because it simply too hot. And Roatan is plagued by bugs - the worst of which are the sand flies, which are impossible to escape, and they don’t seem to care about insect repellent. I get bitten so much, I end up itching myself until it bleeds - my legs are covered in tiny sores and scars by now - not pretty :(. But hey, its still a paradise here, I should certainly not complain ;).

The diving helps with the heat, and gets you away from the bugs for a while, and we are still diving, although not every day. We have gotten some great shots underwater by now - some of which I have thrown into the blog here. Alan is getting used to the camera and housing by now, so the shots are getting better and better. Here are some of the shots:

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On days off from the diving, we lounge on the beach, snorkel around, and just hang out. We been here a month now, and we have met a lot of great people, and there is always a party or a get-together to go to. We have barbecues at night, or cook dinner together, or we just go out. Lots of fun. Its been really nice to settle down like this for a while, and just unpack and unwind, and it is easy to get sucked in to a place like here, and just stay. But I for one am getting restless now, have had my fill of doing nothing at all, and am ready to move on. We are talking about leaving on Sunday, but we have not decided for sure yet. If we do, we should be able to spend a few days stopping over in Nicaragua and Costa Rica on the way down to Panama, instead of just passing through. We’ll see. The only thing that’s certain, is that we need to be in David, Panama before June 24th, to catch the live-aboard there - everything else is undecided - travel is better that way, I think.

Posted by monkyhands 10:51 Archived in Honduras Comments (0)

Still in Roatan

Diving, diving and diving

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Not much new to report since the last entry about two weeks ago, as we are still here in Roatan, and diving most days.

There is a spot on the other side of the island where you can see some sharks, and we have done that a few times, although it costs extra. I will upload some pictures from these dives soon, but today I have no lead with me for the camera. So this is just a quick entry to say we are alive and well, and still here.
Tonight Alan has organized a barbeque, with a bunch of other people on the island, so that should be fun. The nightlife here is always good on fridays anyway.

More from us soon!

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Underwater in Roatan

Tropical the island breeze...

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Quick update on the last few days: diving diving and chilling out. The diving so far is decent, although the reef has taken a beating since we were last here. Lots of turtles, big groupers and morays to make up for it though.

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We dive in the morning, and then we have a few drinks or nap in the afternoon - diving is tiring!

Alan is getting used to the camera, and for a few days he has been focused on macro - there are lots of strange little critters underwater here to take snaps of. Here are a few examples:

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Its still hot here, but we are getting used to it (more or less). The good thing is, that the season is starting to slow down, which means fewer drunks, and smaller dive groups. Smaller dive groups = more fish. We are still diving with some great people though :)

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Getting to Roatan, Honduras

Busses, planes and taxis

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On May 2nd, we got up at 3 in the morning, to catch the bus we had booked to San Pedro Sula in Honduras. They only leave at this time every day. We waited and waited, but the bus never showed. So we had to wait for a travelagent that sold us the ticket to open, to get our money back. We then booked a new bus, with a more expensive company, in order to be sure to get out of there the next day.
We spent the rest of the day walking around Antigua again, and went to the jade museum.

May 3rd, we got up a 3am once again, to catch a bus. This bus at least showed up, which was great. And it was excellent service, they fed us, and took care of border formalities etc. The company is called Hedman-Alas, and are apparantly a Honduran company. Definetely worth the extra money!
We made it to San Pedro by two in the afternoon, and caught a taxi to the airport to catch the last flight of the day to Roatan. We managed to get tickets, and were on the plane, seabelts fastened and all, before they told us the flight was going to be cancelled. Damn. But at least the airline put us up in a nice hotel, the Banana Inn. This place was really cool - the name stems from the fact that the hotel is in the former headquarters of Chiquita in Honduras. the family that runs it are really nice! We were stranded in the hotel, with some very interesting people who were also on the flight, and had quite a nice evening out of it.

May 4th we went to the airport early. They had told us that we could not get a flight untill the afternoon, but through a combined effort with our fellow strandees, we managed to convince them to move us to another airlines morning departure, and so we finally made it to Roatan, after several difficulties!
A guy from the flight was nice enough to give us a lift to the West End, and we found an appartment to rent here. Quite sparse, but still it has everything we need; two bedrooms, and a kitchen. We went back to Coxen Hole, and did some shopping to fill up the tiny fridge.
Roatan instantly seemed busier than before, and there seems to be real estate agents everywhere! But it is nice here still, and certainly nice to be able to unpack for a while - quite exhausting to move around so much! And of course, we were both stoked to be back in the water, to do some diving.

On May 5th we went in search of a diveshop, and ended up choosing a place called Pura Vida, run by a great Swedish girl. She gave us a really good price on a package, as we are planning to do about 50 dives each here.
A great thing about the diving is it keeps you cooled down during the hottest hours of the day - and man is it hot here!

From may 6th till today - the 10th - we have just been diving during the day, having a few drinks at sunset, and then cooking dinner at night, and to bed early. This will more or less be our days, for the next 5 or 6 weeks, the main variation being the activities under water, and the people we meet as they come through here on their holidays. So far, we have already seen some great stuff, and met some great people, and gotten sunburned, and I'm sure there will be more of the same stuff - ahhh...

Here are a few shots of the underwater action so far:

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The internet here is prohibitively expensive, so we will not be uploading pictures to Flickr untill we get back to the mainland. We probably won't be blogging as often either, but I will try to update it reasonably often.

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