How is everyone out there?!
With rainy season upon us, there is a bit of a lull in tourist traffic here on Roatán. By calling it rainy season, it may seem a bit of a downer. But it’s not like it rains 24 hours a day for 6 weeks. The rain is somewhat predictable with it raining for 15-20 minutes in the early morning making everything fresh and clean. The thunder and lightening shows down here are pretty incredible too. It’s amazing how wonderful wild ginger blooms and fresh guava smell right after a good rain.
With this opportunity we’re not just lazing around waiting for the clouds to clear and the seas to calm. This down time is a perfect time to get lots of things done around the shop. Great time to do paint touch ups inside the shop, update the some of the gear, replace the deck out back, replace the lines on the boats and a whole bunch of other projects to keep us out of trouble.
This reminds me of a great dive I did while I lived in Cayos Cochinos, which is only an hour’s boat ride from here by the way, during rainy season a couple of years back. It was heavily overcast that morning but not raining…yet!! We get in the water and descend to about 90ft along a spectacular stretch of the north wall on Cayos Grande. The reef there is absolutely gorgeous and healthy. About 20 minutes into the dive I could hear something that sounded very similar to the static you’d hear from an improperly tuned radio or the static from a snowy channel on the television. Now I’ve spent thousands of hours underwater over the years and had everything from small horsepower speed boats to cruiseships and this sounded like nothing in between. It took a few minutes of scratching my head to figure out what the sound was. I motioned to the group I was leading and finally while I was rolled over and swimming on my back I happened to look up. The visibility was very good and I could see that a squall had rolled in a started dumping incredible amounts of rain on the reunion. It was amazing too think that rain was responsible for creating that much sound. It was a few minutes later that the entire area lit up like someone had fired a massive strobe from an underwater light. It was lightening. Absolutely incredible!!
We finished the dive and surfaced. It was glories and sunny with a few clouds in the distance. These are just a few of the reasons I love it down here.
If you’d like to know more about a trip to Cayos Cochinos you can email me at [email protected] or through the contact us link on this website.
Have a great day everyone!! Hope to see you soon!