28.05.2014 12 °C
Well we have been home for 10 days, from our lazy and very relaxing trip to Roatan. Our first visit was in October 2010 and we have always wanted to return. So after this very long, cold, snowy Canadian winter which never seemed to want to end. What a perfect time for a sunny, warm, tropical vacation.
Roatan is located between the islands of Utila and Guanaja, is the largest of Honduras Bay Islands. The island was formerly known as Ruatan and Rattan. It is approximately 77 kilometres (48 mi) long, and less than 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) across at its widest point. Its an easy flight from Calgary, with a quick stop over in Houston, just enough time to get your duty free booze and have a snack.
We rented a condo at Infinity Bay Resort and it was perfect. - http://www.vrbo.com/468107 The owner of the condo was very responsive, easy to deal with and we would rent again or recommend it to anyone. If your not interested in renting a condo there are many hotel options on the island. Although Infinity Bay is located on West Bay Beach, with amazing snorkeling and diving right out in front of the resort. If you don't want to swim in the ocean, the resort has a huge beautiful and very clean pool for your use. There are lots of sun loungers both around the pool and on the beach, we never had trouble finding a place to sit. - http://www.infinitybay.com/index.html The resort restaurant was pretty good too, reasonably priced, decent food, and good service. They also brought in some entertainment in the evening.
We rented a car, not really a necessity but we like having one when we travel. Our first stop after the airport on our way to the resort was at Eldon's grocery store. There are a few on the island, they are a large and well run North American style grocery store. If your taking a cab from the airport you can ask the driver to stop.
After getting settled at the condo, we headed down to the beach for a walk. May was the right time to go, high season was over and beach was pretty much empty - perfect!!! There has been quite a bit of development around the island since our last visit, defiantly more restaurant choice's. Which its always good to have choice's, many are run by expat's and have excellent food and service. One of our favorites was Roatan Oasis, excellent, excellent, excellent, I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this place. Another place we returned to for dinner was Foster's Resort, again great food and service.
We wasted no time in setting up some diving with Infinity Divers, conveniently located the resort. They were excellent as well, all your gear is brought down to the boat for you and setup. It you wanted to setup your own gear they were more than happy to let you. I would not hesitate to use them, even if your not staying at the resort.
The diving here is excellent, and you don't have to go very deep to see everything, I think our deepest depth was 100ft when we did the El Aguila wreck. Here are some pictures from my dives.
But you don't have to go diving to see the sea life, there is great snorkeling in Roatan. The reef is very close to shore and easily accessible right from the beach.
The reef in Roatan is quite healthy, you can always tell by the amount of sea life on it. I have dove in other areas of the world, where the reefs are almost completely void of life.
We did some exploring around the island, Coxen Hole, French Harbour, The lookout.
During our exploring we headed out to Palmetto Bay Plantation - http://www.palmettobayplantation.com/index.html and had lunch.
Something new we notice was the Roatan Rum Company - http://www.roatanrumcompany.com unfortunately they were closed all the time.
Unfortunately like all holidays it came to an end. It was easily the laziest and most relaxing holiday we have taken. But it came at a time when we needed to be lazy and relaxed. We would return anytime.