Memorial Day Weekend in Roatán


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roatán, honduras, snorkeling, diving, buceo, things to do, infinity bay resortParaíso.Kail and I spent Memorial Day weekend in paradise, also known as Roatán, Honduras. Because why wouldn’t we go on vacation a week before we’re scheduled to depart El Salvador? We had already visited one of Honduras’s Bay Islands, Utila, a couple weeks before, and I was excited to see what Roatán has to offer. The answer: A lot.roatán, honduras, black rock, snorkeling, diving, buceo, things to do, infinity bay resortSchool of black triggerfish.We went diving and snorkeling. We went on starlit walks (and a water-taxi ride) along the beach. We lounged beachside and poolside and read. We enjoyed fresh seafood and fruity cocktails at beachfront restaurants. It was a really relaxing and fun vacation — and neither of us wanted to leave!roatán, honduras, snorkeling, diving, buceo, things to do, infinity bay resortOur trip to Utila was a diving trip to a backpackers’ destination. Roatán was a resort vacation with some diving included. I wish we could have done one more dive on this trip but 1) it was really expensive and 2) it was really busy and the dive shop was completely booked our last full day there.roatán, honduras, snorkeling, diving, buceo, things to do, infinity bay resortWe stayed at the Infinity Bay Resort, a super-nice hotel right on the beach, with a beachfront restaurant, swim-up bar and huge infinity pool overlooking the clear-blue Caribbean Sea. It’s not all-inclusive (although I believe they offer all-inclusive packages) but our room rental included transportation to and from the airport as well as a (pretty good) daily breakfast buffet.roatán, honduras, black rock, snorkeling, diving, buceo, things to do, infinity bay resortThe hotel has its own dive shop where you can rent snorkel and diving gear and also sign up for dives. Obviously we did both! Since we didn’t sign up for a dive package when we booked our room, the options were to do single dives — at $40 + $12 full equipment rental + 15% tax! — or a five-dive package, which was slightly less expensive per dive and for the equipment rental, but still would have cost a pretty penny.roatán, honduras, black rock, snorkeling, diving, buceo, things to do, infinity bay resortWe ended up signing up for two dives and just snorkeling the rest of the time, which was fine by me. Five dives would have been doable — remember when we managed to cram eight dives into three days in Utila? — but it was nice to have time to just relax and enjoy being at the beach. I managed to get some good photos and video footage during our snorkels but unfortunately had some technical difficulties and did not have my GoPro on the right setting (see: water damage to GoPro screen) during our dives.http://youtu.be/wCwFc0G2CZoI’m bummed I didn’t get photos or video during our buceos because the diving in Roatán is fantastic. We saw so much: five or six sea turtles, tons of different fish — including huge grouper — and a barracuda. The other group we dove with saw hammerhead sharks and moray eels too.roatán, honduras, black rock, snorkeling, diving, buceo, things to do, infinity bay resortIt was bittersweet to leave because hello, paradise but also because we’re also leaving Central America soon and with it, the beach, diving, snorkeling and all kinds of other activities we have come to love over the past year and nine months. I can’t believe we waited until the last possible weekend to finally visit Roatán but I’m so glad we did!How was your Memorial Day weekend?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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