Snorkeling with the Dolphins

Sunday, May 4, 2014

I have always wanted to swim with the dolphins, but I can’t support the operations who get their dolphins by way of the Japanese finning process. I’m told at Anthony’s Key, the dolphins are born there, but the first few had to come from somewhere. I don’t know anything about their science center operation and cannot judge, but since I didn’t know anything I also didn’t feel I could support it without researching. I do know that some of their dolphins swim free, and return because they feed them. I also know some are enclosed in the park, which is a fenced area in the bay.

But as I mentioned, I’d love to be up close and personal with a dolphin so at 6am I stuck my head in Cat’s and Danielle’s bedroom to see if they wanted to swim across the channel and go dolphin hunting through the fence. Being hardly awake, none of us were entirely enthusiastic and we sort of rolled over. But Cat was the cheerleader, and she and I decided to stroll down the beach, jump in from the end of the dock and swim across the channel to the dolphin pen.

I was concerned they might not come over right away or they wouldn’t be at the surface, and I’d have to be diving down with my snorkel. Not so, they were smart creatures! They were at the fence at chest level in a matter of seconds. They poked their noses through the fence, but if we weren’t quick to pet them they opened their mouths and snapped them closed for fish! We didn’t want our hands mistaken for breakfast, so we didn’t stay long, but it was fun to feel their rubbery skin and see their personalities from inches away, even if there was a barrier.

After our quick snorkel, we enjoyed a leisurely final morning at the hotel. It was actually calm and sunny, which was a first for our trip, yet uniquely when we took off from the airport it was raining and the forecast called for storms, so our cool overcast days turned out to be perfect. We had an awesome time with amazing diving experiences. While I’m sad to leave the beach, I’m to go back to no bugs! ETB

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Fantastic Final Dive and Terrific Island Tour in Roatan

This morning we chowed down on baleadas, oatmeal, and bacon again. I could eat this breakfast daily. I don’t know how they make the refried beans for the baleadas, but they are fantastic! I finally asked how they prepare the oatmeal, and they boil it in whole milk! I will have to try that at home. Continue reading “Fantastic Final Dive and Terrific Island Tour in Roatan”

Elegant Eagle Ray Glided By Us as We Exited Spooky Channel

Today we dove a wreck site called El Aguila. I agreed to go on the deep, wreck dive in an attempt to be open minded, to try once again and to not spoil Danielle’s and Cat’s fun, but honestly I’m not terribly fond of deep dives or wreck dives, and this was a combination of both! Wrecks aren’t my favorite probably because I’m afraid of running into sharp, rusted objects, and I’m slightly claustrophobic. Deep dives are more dangerous should equipment malfunction and from a photographer’s point of view, they are dull as there isn’t much fish life or color to shoot. Having said that, another dive shop chums the waters so we did see some big grouper and a free swimming eel. But I don’t really agree with feeding the fish either, so I was challenged from the aspect as well. Adding on to that, my mask kept filling with water and my camera on the wrong setting and jammed for part of the time, so needless to say I was rather unsettled! Continue reading “Elegant Eagle Ray Glided By Us as We Exited Spooky Channel”

Baby Conch and Free Swimming Eel Spotted During Our Dives in Roatan

The diving changed yet again today. Mickey, the presenter from the other night, suggested diving Texas. The dive site is near West Bay, and perhaps a twenty minute boat ride or more, so we planned a two tank dive and completed our surface interval in West Bay. It was rough again this morning, though it’s all relative. Compared to many places, it really wasn’t, but in a small boat, we bounced through some rolling swells and caught some spray. Continue reading “Baby Conch and Free Swimming Eel Spotted During Our Dives in Roatan”

Canyon Dive, Reef Dive, and Night Dive in Roatan

Another day in Roatan, another day of diving! I’m not sure I’d come here for any other type of vacation. Admittedly, I’ve hardly explored the island, so I could be jumping to conclusions, but with the second largest barrier reef five minutes away by boat versus days like the Great Barrier, there are quite a few dive sites to explore. Today we dove Canyon Reef and Gibson Bight. What a variety! Continue reading “Canyon Dive, Reef Dive, and Night Dive in Roatan”

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SCUBA Diving in Sandy Bay, Roatan…A New Species?!?

I think I jinxed myself. I awoke itching like mad. The bright red dots with bands around them on Sunday that had shrunk to a small dots on Monday are now itchy welts! Thank you Cat for the Afterbite. While I’m speaking of the annoying things, I may as well mention a few more inconveniences for anyone who is considering visiting Roatan and Blue Bahia specifically. None of them would keep me from returning as the staff is lovely and the diving fantastic, but they are informational things to know. Continue reading “SCUBA Diving in Sandy Bay, Roatan…A New Species?!?”

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Roatan’s Reefs – Seahorse, Octopus, Scorpionfish and More!

We began our day with a baleada for breakfast at the hotel restaurant. A baleada is a local cuisine consisting of egg, refried red beans, cheese, cream, and avocado tucked into a thick flour tortilla. It was mouth-watering good!

After scarfing down our meal, we organized our gear with the on site dive shop, Octopus Diving School and loaded on a small, bimini covered boat to go to our first dive site Melissa. We got there in about three minutes! We zipped up our wetsuits. I added a vest and hoodie because I get so cold despite the 83 degree water temperature. We continued with our fins, masks, BCD, regulator and tanks and rolled backwards into the water. Continue reading “Roatan’s Reefs – Seahorse, Octopus, Scorpionfish and More!”