Now that the build was completed, I needed to get over and inspect it. I could tell from the photos that the placement wasn't back as much as I had wanted based on where I was envisioning putting in other buildings, so I'd have to rethink my overall layout a bit, Other than that, the photos were looking really great, but I wanted to see it in person, and finally get to meet Farrel, as well as take over a few things.
I planned a trip over with a few friends, one of them a return hostel guest, another a former hostel guest who's now living on the island, and a friend from the neighbourhood. Sherman agreed to take us over again, but he has school during the week, so we could only go for 1 night. The day before, I drove over to his place with the 3 mattresses that we were taking with us, propane tank and stove top, well hand pump and a few other items. Then in the afternoon, I loaded up the trunk with some additional items- camp chairs and table, cooler, drink cooler, groceries. Early Sat morning, we met at the hostel, drove to the gas station to pick up ice, and then down to meet Sherman by the boat. One of his friends also came along.
The weather was great for the ride there. We drove along the north coast of Roatan, then cut through the mangroves just east of Camp Bay, and hugged the south coast past Helene and Barbareta. Once we got to the open sea, it was a bit choppier, but not too bad. Lauren lay on the pile of mattresses, so she had a super-cushy ride!
It took about 2 1/2 hours to reach Guanaja. Since we're on the west side, it makes for a shorter boat ride. As we pulled up to shore, we could see another boat already there, and Farrel was at the cabin. He had warned me the day before that the material hadn't arrived to do the bunk bed supports and the window screens, so I had brought along some gauzy curtains to keep out the bugs, and we'd just put the mattresses on the floor.
To my very pleasant surprise, there was no bug attack! I don't know if it was the time of year, or the breeze, or that the grounds had now been raked/cleaned for several months- whatever the reason, I was so glad that I wasn't getting bitten! I met Farrel and his brother Brian, and they showed me the cabin. They nailed up my curtains and helped me put up a solar light, we talked a bit, and then they headed out.
Lauren had already disappeared for a beach walk, and Elizabeth promptly fell asleep. I spent a bit of time organizing and settling in. Sherman and Prince headed to Low Cay to refuel and get some lunch. Tom helped me with putting up some towel hooks (I had brought over a hammer and drill), and carrying back a few buckets of water from the neighbour's well.
In the afternoon, we all relaxed on the porch with a drink and marveled at what a beautiful spot we were at. We went in for a swim, went for a beach walk, and enjoyed just being in nature.
The sunset was obscured by clouds, but by night, the sky was clear, and the stars were incredible. Tom and I hopped in for a quick night swim, bioluminescence lighting up the water like fairy dust.
We all went to bed early. It was the best sleep that I've had over there. Comfy mattress, no bugs. I woke up early, well rested, and went for a walk on the beach with Elizabeth. We stopped to sit at a dock at the far end of the beach, and got to see a eagleray swimming by.
Too soon, it was time to pack up and head back to Roatan. I can't wait for my next trip to our beautiful paradise!
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!