My friend Kate, along with her husband and daughters all came down to Roatan to visit, so we planned an overnight trip to Guanaja. Deo is also down, and his friend Sherman agreed to take us over- Deo's first trip to see the cabin!
We had perfect weather for the trip over. On the way, we made a small detour to Punta Blanca to pick up a kayak that I bought from someone leaving the island. We continued on our way, and got to Guanaja mid-day, and then spent a little time getting unloaded and settled in. Our gutter that we had put up last time had done the job- there was a full barrel of water waiting for us! So exciting, we didn't have to haul any water from the well!
I had never really tried to snorkel out to the reef in front of our place, as Deo and Auri said it was really far. Since the weather was super calm, we asked Sherman to drop us off at the reef, and we'd snorkel back. It actually wasn't a bad swim at all, with fins on (probably 1000-1500 meters, but didn't take that long). The reef was beautiful and healthy. I'd like to eventually put in a mooring buoy out there, so that people can kayak out, then just hop in to snorkel once they're out there.
After the snorkel, Sherman went to the cay to fuel up. Kate and I stayed put and did some reading in the hammocks, everyone else went along for the ride, and came back an hour or so later.
The sunset was incredible. Most of us went to bed early. I had brought over a couple more mattresses, so the 2 sets of bunk beds now have them, plus an extra that we put on the floor. Kate, her family and I slept in the main cabin area. I put up camping cots for Deo and Sherman in the screened porch, but they ended up going out to the dock to sleep, as even with the screening, they were getting bites.
This last week has been incredibly hot, and the cabin was a bit toasty, especially with so many bodies in it. I brought the battery bank and 2 usb fans, so Kate and I had a bit of breeze blowing on us. Despite the heat, we all slept ok. I was up early for my beach walk, and then went out for a kayak. Once I got back from that, the rest of the gang were getting up.
Kate and Kevin went out snorkeling again, and then they got packed up and prepared to head out. Since they were only down for a week, they could just spend 1 night, so Sherman took them home, and Deo and I stayed.
We waved them goodbye, and then Deo helped put some legs on a little table.
Late afternoon, I headed out in the kayak again, this time around the point to the east. The water was super clear, I could see that there was reef pretty close to shore once I was over around the point- I thought it would make a good spot to try out snorkeling on my next time out (I hadn't put my snorkel stuff in the kayak).
Deo tried fishing, but didn't end up catching anything (except for a baby black tip shark, which he released). We enjoyed the sunset together on the dock.
On Saturday afternoon, Deo took a boat over to Mangrove Bight for his fly fishing camp. I got a lift over, so that I could stop and visit Jerom and Paizley (Jerom was my neighbour in Roatan, but has moved over to Guanaja where his girlfriend lives, and they've just opened a bar). It was nice seeing their place and visiting. Jerom gave me a ride back after, and I had my last night in the cabin on my own.
Sunday morning I woke early, kayaked around to the east point, pulled up into a little cove, and then hopped in to snorkel. The reef in that area was so close, only about 20 feet away, and lots of stuff to see.
Jose had asked me on Saturday if I wanted to have Watchie, the little dog that used to belong to the caretaker at the end of the beach (the caretaker has left). I decided I'd like this cute little guy that's been following me around everywhere, so on Sunday when I headed out, I made a make-shift leash with a hammock strap, and loaded him into the water taxi to head to the ferry dock. Now I have a little part of Guanaja to keep me company in Roatan :)
I'm Mel. Together with my 2 sons, Deo and Auri, we form the DAM team (Deo, Auri, Mel). I'm Canadian, my boys are half Canadian, half Honduran, and have grown up on the island of Roatan. We have a hostel in Roatan called Roatan Backpackers' Hostel, which I started when the boys were young. Now that they are adults, we've decided to start a new venture together on the beautiful neighbouring island of Guanaja. In 2022, we purchased our land, and in March of 2023, we put up a little cabin so that we have a little spot to sleep in and store things while we slowing work to get our project together. We are hoping to get our business running in the next 3-5 years, with these next few years giving us a chance to save up capital and advance a bit at a time at planting and infrastructure. Our blog will share our adventure with anyone who wants to follow it!