On Day 5 (of 7) we docked in Coxen Hole in the Honduran island of Roatan, the biggest of the three Bay Islands. Being so close to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef - the largest in the Caribbean - and the second largest in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the island is popular to scuba diving and snorkeling and other water activities.
However, we only had one thing in mind - to sightsee.
As we disembark for the day, we found (with some help of barkers) our way towards the kiosks offering tour around the island. I don't particularly remember how much the tour cost, but it was affordable.
The van filled quickly, there were the four of us, a couple from Alabama, a tandem of dudes from New Orleans. When we signed up, we specifically told the "operator" what places we wanted to see.
The readings I"ve done prior to the cruise led me to a small fishing village, near the Eastern end. While we saw a few fishing boats, there wasn't any fishing activity going on. Instead we saw a lot of children, who I believe are used to seeing vanload of people descend upon their quiet little corner of the island.
The children are warm and friendly. Their smiles are genuine and they don't require a lot of coaxing to pose for the camera, even on a jump shot. I was enamored by their innocent faces and charming smiles.
When we were done "sightseeing" we left, but asked our guide to take us to a grocery store where we could get candies for the kids. Not too far we were able to find a shopping center. We shopped for some candies for the kids and beer for us. Then we drove back to the village and hand it to them, except that on the drive back the rain started to pour, really hard, and it was still raining when we got to the place. Understandly all the kids went back to their own homes, but our guide found a few of them playing on the dirt floor under one's home. Then more kids appeared despite the rain, and they were thankful for the little gift we brought.
First sight of Roatan.
On the other side.
Posing with the local dancers welcoming cruise ship visitors.
Through the middle arch is where the tour vans are located.
We met these smiling faces, the future of Roatan. I could photograph them all day long.
Then there's this little girl who didn't join the group, but was more interested in what she was doing and eating.
OUR WORLD TUESDAY
.............to be continued...............