THE BAY ISLANDS OF HONDURAS

I have been to the Bay Islands twice, and let me tell you, they are FANTASTIC! Very pristine water, great sand, awesome coral reefs, and the marine life is plentiful.

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This image taken from Scuba Diving Fan Club

One of my favorite snorkeling ventures happened on the big island, Roatan. We walked through Gumbalimba Park where we saw a White Faced Capuchin Monkey steal a cell phone from someone. Learned of the islands history, mingled with locals, and then went snorkeling.

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Image taken from Animals Club

The snorkeling took place about a hundred yards off shore. The water was no more than chest high (I’m 6 ft. 2 inches) for about 75 of those yards, then gradually declined to about 20 ft deep.

The coral reef was pretty large; lots of vegetation, lots of rock formations, and lots and lots of fish. The color variety was awesome; blues, yellows, reds, blacks, purples, greens, etc-etc. We saw Barracuda, Fire Coral, Box Jellyfish (not the Chironex Fleckeri Box Jellyfish found in Austrailia that is very dangerous), Sea Lobster,  and an amazing assortment of coral and vegetation, and last but not least, Nemo (Clown Fish).

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Image taken from Wall Paper Cave

I had never seen Fire Coral before, or at least I had never noticed it before, but it was in this reef system that we snorkeled. Usually it grows in shallow reef systems. And technically, it is not coral at all.

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Image taken from Wikipedia

The Barracuda was fun to look at. At one point, it darted out at me, then tucked back into it’s little hole. By darted out, I mean about a foot or so only. However, it certainly knew I was watching it and warned me to stay clear.

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Image taken from Wikipedia

There were a couple Caribbean-Spiny Sea Lobsters hanging around, but they were not very big. Still fun to watch though. These lobsters, in my opinion, are much more “pretty” than the all red, Maine Lobsters we get at the grocery store.

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Image taken from Key West Aquarium

There were no Sea Turtles hanging around, or Reef Sharks, or anything like that, but it was still a GREAT snorkeling experience.

The area is well known to have large marine life, but unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any that day.

The Bay Islands are a divers haven. I cannot wait to go back and experience it from under the water, instead of on top of it.

All in all, a WONDERFUL experience.

 

 

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