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Day 4 - Mahogany Bay, Honduras

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sunny 82 °F

Day four, Mahogany Bay, Honduras. The ship's clocks were set back 1hour due to going into a different time-zone.

One of the largest of the Honduras Bay Islands, Roatán. Spanning just 37 miles in length, the island lies next to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest in the Caribbean Sea and the second-largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef.

Roatán attracts divers from all around the world but also visitors who are simply looking for some rest and relaxation. While Christopher Columbus landed on the island in the 16th century, it wasn't until three centuries later that the island was given a break from territorial conflicts.

Today, the island is owned by American fruit companies and prospers from its agricultural endeavors. Plenty of recreational activities are available in Roatán.

Learn to sportfish from locals or take a semi-submarine tour in the Bay Island Underwater Museum. Head to the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum and wander through lush tropical gardens housing tropical fruit trees, heliconia gardens, and an indoor waterfall.

Next, embark on a journey through Carabola Gardens, where a nature walk takes you through the native environment of monkeys and parrots. Head to the Black Pearl Golf Course to soak up the paradise sun and perfext your game at the island's only gold course.

Roatán offers some of the best snorkeling in the world. Board a catamaran and explore the reef and its exotic and tropical marine life. Roatán still keeps the Garifuna traditions alive. Be sure to watch the Garifuna Dancers perform their culturally important dance called Punta.

So from eco-tours, diving, snorkeling, caves, botanical gardens, beaches, a cloud forest, and other incredible photo opportunities. This is a great place for very unique experiences, regardless of your age or activity level. There are also dozens of friendly iguanas, tarpons, monkeys, and lobster.

With the beautiful beaches comes fascinating Maritime history. In the mid-17th century, there were approximately 5,000 French, English, and Dutch pirates living on the Bay Islands. Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, and John Coxen (the namesake for Coxen Hole) just to name a few.

This was a stop I was very much looking forward to. I would be on my first excursion. I was going to be going Zip-Lining with South Shore Zip-Line Adventures. There were several of us doing this excursion, as well as people from the Carnival Magic who pulled in after we did.

I was a bit nervous since I didn't know what to expect, but that quickly dissipated with the guides giving us our instruction and safety lessons. Since there were several groups, we were all split up, however there weren't any waits between trees as South Shore seems to keep things going very smoothly.

This excursion would be a 12-line zip-line on the island of Roatan with sensational views of the Caribbean Sea, and if you wanted at the end, purchase items.

We enjoyed the thrill of a 12-line canopy zip-line adventure with magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea. It was roughly a 25 minute ride to the place we were zip-lining, but our guide shared information of the culture, nature, and people of Roatan. Once we arrived at South Shore Canopy, we geared up and listened to a brief safety talk, then it was on to our adventure. The longest run was 1,300 feet and the highest point was 100 feet. The total line lengths were about two miles. It took roughly 60-90 minutes to complete, just be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, sunglasses, and insect repellent!

Once we were back at the start, was able to hang around with some spider monkeys who were looking for hand-outs (food). Before you know it, it was time to load up in the buses and get back to the dock and look around the shops. Look is all I do as I don't want to purchase stuff I don't want/need, or have to pack in my bags to make them heavier!

Until next time,
Sluggo

Posted by Sluggoaafa 10:59 Archived in Honduras Tagged vacation bay america holland rotterdam honduras roatan carribean hal mahogany Comments (0)

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