The island of Roatan has been near the top of my “places I need to go” list for a long time. I was really excited when I finally booked the New Year’s cruise, and I knew I’d get to check it off my list. Roatan is know for its spectacular scuba diving and beautiful coral reefs, so that was the first shore excursion I booked because I didn’t want to miss out on the diving here.
Because it was a New Year’s cruise, and there were multiple ships in port, all of our excursions were crowded. If there is one type of excursion you don’t want to be crowded, it’s a scuba trip. When we were in the Maldives we had only 3-4 people per dive master, so they were able to show you some really cool stuff.
In Roatan, we had 10 people per dive master. Not only did it seem like we could see less because of the big group, there was also a huge variance between the skill levels of the divers. I’m not a pro, but it seemed like some of the other divers needed to re-take their open water class because they had no buoyancy control and occupied one of the dive masters because they kept going up and down. Their lack of buoyancy control also put the delicate coral reefs in danger.
One of the great part about Roatan’s coral reefs is we only had two 5 minute boat rides to get to the two dive sites. Shorter boat rides meant more time underwater. Meaning I got more pictures!
After we got back from the dives we opted to find a nice local bar and try some food and drinks. Our guide and the owner of the bar suggested I try their local beer, and their signature menu item, iguana.
I have to say the beer was fantastic, probably the best local beer I enjoyed on the cruise. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered iguana, but what came out wasn’t it. At first glance it looked great, some red beans and rice and a spicy shredded meat. Upon closer inspection the meat still had hundreds of tiny bones and even some scaly skin in it. The rice was really good, and the iguana had a good flavor to it, but I couldn’t get over the bones. Every single bite I was spitting out bones.
Now if you follow me on instagram you will have seen quite a few of these before. The beer photo above is one of my favorite pictures from the cruise because the ship is in the background.
Roatan was one of my favorite stops along the cruise, and I love scuba diving, so I will have to come back and spend more time exploring the island and its coral reefs.