I can’t believe I’m writing this sentence, but… this is my final Photo of the Week from Central America… at least for now! Fifteen weeks have gone by since I first touched down in Nicaragua, and this final one had me waving goodbye to the region from the Honduran island of Roatán. I first vacationed in Roatán five years ago when I spent a summer living and working in the Cayman Islands, and so it’s only appropriate that I relive the whole shebang at one — I just arrived back on Grand Cayman. What a blast from the past!
This trip to Roatán was quite different from the last. Five years ago, my ex-boyfriend and I were budgeting every lempira, couchsurfed with a local dive instructor and were fell in love with the one (dirt) road town of West End. Five years later, and that dirt road’s been paved, I had fellow blogger and Roatán expert Rika as my tour guide, and I was able to splurge on many a lovely meal. As usual, can’t wait to share more.
This week on the blog I have one last post from Nicaragua coming up before we dive into El Salvador, as well as a travel book review (it’s been a while!). I can’t wait to hear what you guys think. But for now, onto Photo of the Week…
Relaxing at Barefoot Cay
Bright and cheery at the Beach House
Nice and nautical
Making new underwater friends
Seahorses and swim-throughs
Which photo is your favorite?
Photo E gets my vote.
Rika’s blog kicks ass. Always happy to see some of my fav bloggers meet up.
She’s the best! We’ve been trying to meet up in person for a while now — so happy we finally made it happen.
Aww, thanks Shaun! Next time you should join us!
Photo E! That rock formation looks so wonderful to explore, it makes me want to learn to dive.
That’s what I like to hear, Katie! You’ll never regret it!
Photo E is my favorite for the swim-through. I’d love to dive between those walls! But the juice in photo A looks delicious!
One of the things I will miss most about Central America is cheap fresh juices every day!
Photo D because that is what I hope to be doing in just a few short weeks in Koh Tao.
Ah, enjoy my favorite little island for me 🙂
This week I’m voting for photo B. I love those colours. Cannot wait to go to Roatan in a couple of weeks.
I hope you have better weather than I did, Stef! It is a beautiful island regardless, though.
Just got back from a week on Roatan, made 2 dives a day, 5 days with Coconut Tree Divers in West End. We stayed in a house with 2 other couples just down the beach (Coral Vista) and it was relaxing, fun, easy diving – could walk to all the restaurants and around town. Took an “informal” island tour the last day to get a feel for everything. Stopped by the Iguana Farm (got some great pics!) and learned the island is 36 miles long by 4 miles wide. Headed back to Utila in August (Women Divers Hall of Fame trip – should be LOTS of fun!)
Bonnie, I dove with West End Divers when I first went to Roatan five years ago! This time I was diving on the side of the island at Barefoot. I wonder if we just missed each other!
I love the yellow and the way you framed Photo B, but I think Photo E is the winner. The seahorse and that dive between the rocks looks fascinating! I really need to schedule my first scuba dive soon… 🙂
Yes you do! 🙂 Let me know how it goes!
I love the bright colour of B but I have to go with E because of the seahorse. They are my favourite sea creatures and the one that I haven’t yet seen in the wild
Ah, this was one of FOUR we saw on this dive! We were absolutely spoiled with them!
Absolutely striking photos! I love D.
It’s great that met with Rika from Cubicle Throwdown and Kate from Adventurous Kate on your CA travels! I follow all of blogs so it’s like… worlds collide 😀
Indeed! It was so great to finally meet these ladies in person after years of chatting online 🙂
B — that beach house looks pretty inviting to me!
It was an oasis after a long miserable day of travel 🙂
I love photo E…two creatures just exploring the ocean 🙂
I always think that when I see fish checking me out… they must think, whoa, that’s a huge fish! 🙂
Photo D seems so amazing!
Thanks Rashaad! It was a pretty amazing moment.
Photo E, that sweet little seahorse got my attention.
Ours too 🙂 He was a sweetie!
I like Photo D best. I like the colors, and with a diver and fish, there are some interactions that are difficult to successfully capture. In truth, I like all of the photos, but that was my favorite.
Thanks Lissa! It is definitely hard to capture that moment of interaction… I was proud of that one!
I love photo A, those colours, that shake, all of it makes me feel happy.
I wish I could be sippin’ that shake all over again 🙂 It did indeed make me happy!
I love D! I really need some scuba diving action- it’s been too long!
I’ve been diving much less than I expected to on this trip — significantly less in fact! Looking forward to some serious diving this summer in Bonaire.
How can I not give the nod to that Seahorse! 🙂
He’s pretty fantastic 🙂 And the lighting cooperated too!
Photo A. How time flies. I bet returning there triggered some flashback? As us ladies are pretty much emotional creatures, we can’t help but to think of it.
It certainly did! But mostly I just felt grateful that five years on and I’m still on the road and making my career dreams happen in ways I would have only dared to imagine back then 🙂 And I doubt I’d be doing that if I was still in that same relationship.
I’m gonna go with D. I like the action in it. It makes me feel like I was in there too.
Love hearing that 🙂 Thanks Tiina!
Without a doubt Photo E. Especially the black and white one. I’ve never been scuba diving but after reading your blog over the last couple of weeks, I can’t wait to try it out!
I love to hear that Laura! Let me know if you go for it — you’ll never regret it!
OMG you saw a seahorse!! For real!!!! That is one of my big “bucket list” items. Every time I go snorkeling or diving I am like eagle-eyeing all of the sea grass looking for one of those li’l guys!!
We actually saw FOUR! It was amazing. Head to Roatán 🙂
I love your colorful photos as in A and B but your under water shots are my favorites. Soothing. E
I’ve got to get you diving sometime 🙂 Wish you and Aunt Karen could be cheerleaders on all my dives like the Florida Aquarium one!
Safe trip home!
Thank you! <3
Obviously the diver photo because, duh =)
Can’t wait to dive with you this summer and learn some of your underwater photography tricks, weeeee!
Ugh, let’s hope my underwater camera survives until then! It is all kinds of acting up right now, and I am not amused. All my electronics are going on strike at once!
Photo D for me! I love interacting with animals in the wild. SO much better than zoos. 🙂 Great blog you have here btw. Best of luck to you and your travels!
Thanks so much! I agree, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing animals in the wild. I do visit compassionate zoos occasionally but they don’t come with the same adrenaline rush.
I love all of these shots! I guess if I had to choose, it’d be photo D! I love the action shot!
Thanks Maddy! It was the perfect moment.
Well, I just have to say on the record that this is my favorite photo of the week ever! This was such a fun week with you, and I hope we get to do it again soon!! Sooooo many good times.
And while I obviously love all the photos – I’m gonna vote for E… because it’s of the seahorse I found… and also ME!! (I’ve made it!)
Made it you have 🙂 Can’t wait for round two!
Photo E… with D being a closer runner up! Sea horses and squids are very magical. Plus any pics with Rika in them gain extra bonus points! In a month from now I’ll be in Roatan and I hope I’ll be lucky enough to encounter such amazing sea life.
Aw, love that Rika’s got so many fans around here 🙂 I’m one too!
Can I choose them all as my favourite photos of the week?
Rules were made to be broken 🙂
I’m a little late to the party, but Photo C I think! I could just sit at the end of that dock forever and not be bored.
Give me a good book and I’d join you!