Sea Kayaking the Bay Islands of Honduras - Lodge Week
Nestled just thirty miles off the Caribbean Coast of Honduras, the Bay Islands offer beautiful paddling, diverse local culture and world class snorkeling and fishing. This is a big experience combining kayaking, snorkeling and tropical biology all with a twist of the rich cultural soup of this island group. This trip operates on island time and works in harmony with the local economy and culture. We don't insulate you from the local people, but instead work with them for a lot of our daily needs like seafood, bread, local transport and general sharing because they are as interested in you as you are them. The people of Honduras are every bit as appealing as the water and mountainscapes.
You'll fly into the island of Roatan, which has an international airport receiving direct flights from Houston, Miami and Atlanta. We'll venture daily from our comfortable tropical fruit farm base in the village of Punta Blanca.
Each two bedroom island-style casita has its own bath with freshwater air temperature showers and a nice screened-in porch to enjoy the breezes and the sounds of the sea. We also have a couple of ocean view hard sided yurts with their own bathrooms. You get all the comforts of home, minus ringing telephones, roads, and to-do lists.
Our front yard is a coral reef! Meals are served from a central kitchen/deck area and are al fresco...as they should be. You can start each day with a morning stretching/yoga session on our deck over the sea with our very own multi-talented Andi.
Dates for 2013
- Day 1) Flight arrival on Roatan.
We'll pick you up and transport you via Minibus to our base at Punta Blanca. Site orientation, get settled and dinner at our on-site restaurant called the Crows Nest.
- Days 2-4) We'll be doing a variety of day trips out of our comfortable lodge location, beginning with day paddles in each direction to discover mangrove tunnels, local culture and a part of the island where the water IS the road. Once you've acclimated a bit and work on some kayaking skills, we'll start venturing further afield to explore reefs, secret channels, blue-water downwind runs and great vistas. You can even learn to brace, roll and surf in 80 degree water or just hang in the hammock and watch the hummingbirds. Enjoy terrific seafood feasts each night and sleep in the comfort of simple bedrooms in our comfortable cluster of casitas at the edge of the sea. Most all meals are prepared on site by your staff (our meals are well known) interspersed with a few meals out at our restaurant on-site (all included) that has an amazing view and can be reached along a lovely mango tree lined path.
- Days 5-7) With good weather and the help of much larger boats, we cheat the elements a bit and have them shuttle us and our kayaks upwind to some other remote cayes and islands where we can enjoy some of the best snorkeling in the world and paddle back to remote villages where we'll be met by our shuttle boat and taken back home to a nice meal and the comfort of our beds. That way we get to paddle with the wind, cover some new ground, meet interesting villagers that seldom encounter tourists and get more "immersed" in local culture. Our route is weather dependent and often gives us a chance to see different parts East End of the island via boat and land shuttles.
- Day 8) After breakfast, taxi to the airport for return flights or trip extensions of your choice.
Note: One of our favorite sayings is that "flexible things don't break". We keep a fairly open schedule to keep things safe, fun and relaxed...if you feel like taking a day off of paddling for a stroll, a day of Scuba (if you are certified) a book in a hammock or snorkeling off the end of our dock, all you have to do is ask. Your kayak will be ready for you the next day. Some days we just start out slow and taper off toward afternoon.
- February 2 - 9
March 2 - 9
- March 16 - 23
March 29 - April 5
$1995 / per person based on double occupancy.
single supplement applies to those who want to ensure a private room; (Normal double occupancy price applies to those willing to share quarters in a room with two beds.)
Price Includes: all land costs ( rooms, meals, guides, kayaks, island transport), except
airport transfers and gratuities. Deposit of $500 for reservation required,
fully refundable until 45 days prior to departure. Balance is due at 45 days
prior to departure.
PURCHASE THIS ADVENTURE:
: Guided bone fishing trips (inexpensive and good) dive
certification courses, rainforest and whitewater rafting, trips to the
Mayan Ruins at Copan and a terrific Spanish language immersion school
are all possible. We have programs to tailor to your interests.
*Getting there: See Tropical FAQs
*Traveler's insurance helps cover lost baggage, interruptions due to
storms, cancelled flights, medical problems while traveling or other unforeseen
issues. Its generally inexpensive and can be had through these sources: TravelSafe,
AIG Travel Guard,