Last week I left off after telling you about the first part of our sailing trip – two snorkel stops and exploring a pretty beach. But there’s still so much left in our day! After we leave the beach, we have roughly an hour long boat ride to our next stop – a deserted island. I’m excited to get a chance to play castaway.
The ride out to the island is quite enjoyable. The boat has a speaker that I hook my phone up to so we all can listen to music, and the drinks are free (or already included in the rather high cost…however you prefer to look at it). I mainly stick to bottled water, but there’s also beer available, which is everyone else’s drink of choice.
We pass several beachside towns on the way. I make the mistake of storing my DSLR in the cabin thinking I won’t need it for this part, and end up almost instantly regretting that decision. The island is incredibly picturesque. I make do with my underwater camera and the photos turn out OK. What’s a photographer to do?
We pass through a thick mangrove forest on the way. It’s so weird to see trees just growing out in the middle of the water.
And then, like a beacon of light shining in the night, slowly our little island appears on the horizon, growing larger as we approach.
Once we land, I head off to explore the island. Obviously it’s not very big, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t nooks and crannies to poke my camera into.
I’m seriously in love with the color of this water and the ombre effect as it gets deeper. Could it look any more like paradise?
Apparently this island isn’t as deserted as we originally thought. Looks like we’re going to have to share with family of iguanas!
While I say this is a deserted island, it is clear that it’s used frequently. I’m a bit disappointed to see how much garbage is littered all over. There’s also a few piles that look like they might be waiting to be picked up on garbage day, if such a thing exists. It kind of detracts from the illusion of this being a secret hideaway. But I set my disappointment aside and enjoy the rest of our time here.
I wish I could accurately portray exactly how hot and humid it is. The only truly comfortable place to be is in the water. The sun is quite intense during this part of the day. Even the shade doesn’t do much good.
While we’re relaxing and keeping cool, the hardworking crew cooks lunch on the boat. They set up tables out in the water for everyone to eat.
But a few of us are feeling a bit overexposed to the sun, so the crew kindly offers to set up a couple tables in the shade, too. I’m very grateful – I have my rash guard on so am well protected on top, but my legs are already burned from just an hour in the sun this morning before I remembered to put on sunscreen. Oops.
After lunch, we spend a bit more time in the water while the crew cleans up, then climb back into the boats to finish the trip around the island. There are no stops until we get back to the hotel – though we do take a quick “bathroom break”. It’s a long ride back!
We arrive back at Sunset House worn out and pink from all the sun, just in time for sunset. How poetic, right?
I’m going to miss this view. Can I stay forever please?
It’s been an incredible final day in Honduras. Tomorrow Emma and I fly to El Salvador to begin our next adventures. But I have one more post on Roatan – my cost breakdown and travel tips. Stay tuned!