Friday, September 7, 2018

Under the Sea - Three Stop Snorkel Adventure, Roatan

Star Fish in Roatan
August 30, 2018
Coral in Roatan
August 30, 2018
I can hardly believe that last Friday I was lounging on a Mexican beach as part of Chris's Retirement Cruise with the family enjoying the sand, surf, and sun. 

Sunken/Grounded Ship Snorkel
August 30, 2018
The memories are still so fresh and now that things have returned to normal around the house with the communications and the pool, there is time to dig into the images of the trip.

One of the most enjoyable days was the snorkeling adventure we did on Roatan, Honduras. It was a three stop snorkel adventure. I was reminded of how hard it is to snorkel in a large group, but the day was fun and the grandsons had a great time. There was plenty of coral to see, but I felt that the fish were largely absent.

Sunken/Grounded Ship in Roatan
August 30, 2018
The first stop was primarily a short check to snorkel to assess the ability of the 30 or so people on the boast to swim and snorkel. That was actually important as it turned out that a number of people were not experienced snorkelers. I was able to image a few starfish  and enjoyed paddling around. 

The Bow of the Sunken/Grounded Ship
August 30, 2018
The second stop was a reef snorkel and included a long swim which got people ready for the third snorkel stop which was the sunken/grounded ship. There was plenty of coral and beautiful ocean to admire on the second stop. I enjoyed paddling around and as always on a snorkel tour, the stop was too short for me. 

Coral in Roatan
August 30, 2018
The best of the three stops was without a doubt the sunken/grounded vessel. The ship was not particularly large and the boiler and part of the superstructure are still visible above the surface. The rusted remains below the surface are covered with corals and some fish. Of course, the large group essentially drove the fish away, but it was a fun snorkel and I enjoyed looking at how the wreck was transforming into a reef. 

From what I could see, the ship ran aground on the reef and has been slowly decomposing ever since. 

It was a fun adventure and I was able to capture some good images from my trusty GoPro!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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