Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras

We left Placencia, Belize after a few pleasant days for Roatan on 2-16. The weather was great for the passage and even though we dragged a line, we were not successful catching any fish. Our destination was Coxen Hole, Roatan, the harbor that had the easiest entry in the dark with the fewest possible reefs to avoid and we had the anchor down at 7:30 that night. Anchoring was a challange as the harbor is very deep and shallows quickly as you get closer to land. Using the radar we crept to an anchoring depth and what we thought was a large mooring ball, turned out to be just a local fishing boat with 3 occupants and no lights which we finally saw as they drifted past. Our electronic charts are very inadequate for most of Central America so we have to rely on what information they do contain and cross reference that with what is available in the cruising guides. Roatan is only 26 miles long so visual navigation during the day is the name of the game. Coxen Hole is a commercial port that few cruisers visit by boat (we were the only cruising boat in the harbor) but the customs and immigration office is there and the next morning we checked in with an agent. After checking in, we immediately left for French Cay Harbor- the center of the cruising community in the middle of the island.

Using visual navigation, we located the "stick" (the local navigation aid) around which we had to turn to enter the anchorage and slowly motored along the shoreline where the cruising guide indicated the deepest water. Well, such was not the case and after touching bottom, we quickly altered course and found a spot to anchor. The holding was good there which we needed as we had squalls and rain for 5 days straight, 3 days of great weather, then high winds from reinforced trade winds of 25-40kts. for 7 days. It was nice to finally meet other cruisers and their organized cruising get togethers from happy hours, to pizza night, to the Saturday pot luck and Sunday Mexican Train dominos. We snorkeled a few places when the weather permitted but the jellyfish were spawning and we got stung all over one day. The local supermercado (supermarket) was excellent and shrimp and conch were available at a great price. Roatan has a large shrimp fleet. The dinghy dock is a space on one of the shrimp docks as you can see from the pics.

piece of dock we can use as the dinghy dock

pasture we passed on the walk from the shrimp dock to the main road to town

the largest inhabitant at the local iguana farm

feeding time!

the majority of the coral here is lettuce coral, which we have not seen before


Bret Bihler 3/26/2011
Hey Bryon and Lynn, As we quickly approach 600" of snow here in Mammoth, the warm waters and sunny skies are really appealing! See you soon. I'll forward todays "dump alert" from the mountain. Pretty impressive! Bret & Bev Bihler
John & Mary Corrough 3/19/2011
Hello Lynn & Byron from the Corroughs: Continuing to follow your adventures with great delight. Hope all is OK and stays so. Nebel occasionally asks about your adventures and we pass info along. Hope your next places are as interesting-where next for Voyager? Good luck and sail safe. We are doing fine here. JC is back to traveling for work in Canada, Brazil and Baja, but has dropped out of projects in Middle East and North Africa, since most places in revolution right now. (Including my old location from 64-66, Tunisia) Passed on projects in the Ukraine and Turkey as well, since Americans becoming valuable commodity for local terror groups to trade so no reason to be stupid in my mature years. Mary continues to get younger - how do women do that? Very Best Wishes, fair winds and smooth seas..... John & Mary
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