Day 40, Weather Improving.
25 April 2012 | Guanaja, Honduras, CA
Tuesday, April 24. Today is supposed to be the last day of the Norther and, indeed, winds have calmed down a lot. Salida left for Roatan today to catch friends before they leave for the US. They were motoring. We still get fairly brief blasts of wind, like a squall without rain, but overall it is much calmer. As a result, I felt comfortable taking the dinghy out and going snorkeling for the first time. Yesterday I might have ended up on mainland Honduras! I went to the little patch of coral off the point that we had almost had too close an encounter with earlier. It was marked by 4 PVC posts driven in to the ground and probably filled with cement on the bottom. They made a grat place to tie the dinghy. The whole area was shallow, 0-8' , but there was a sort of canyon between two ridges of breaking coral and the middle was real neat. Inside, the coral was very healthy with beautiful purple fans and tube coral that we have not seen much of. There was the usual assortment of fish, even some juvenile queen angels. After exploring that patch, I took dink down a ways and tied to another post and snorkeled another nice patch. It had several dinner sized yellow tail snapper and a couple too small lobsters. The afternoon turned cloudy and windy again so we just hung out on the boat. I read and Deb did her crafting. I'm going to get painting some more, but if I can snorkel..... I guess I should have been born an Aquarius. The next couple days are supposed to be calm and then the return to Easterly trades. We plan to work out way anti-clockwise around the island finding spots to anchor and either snorkel or hookah before heading to Roatan. For most of the northern and western shore, we can get between the shore and the reef and be very protected with the diving right at hand.