As there was the
threat of bad weather heading our way in a couple of days we decided to up
anchor and head further up the coast to the protection of Port
Once again with the
wind on the nose (so what’s new, oh yes and by the way Bill, the windex needs
re-calibrating again, so we obviously have a problem with it, which is why it
needed re-calibrating in the first place!) we set sail. We followed our track
out of the anchorage (didn’t want to end up on the reefs), put a couple of reefs
in the main and tootled off up the coast.
There are 3 entrances
Royal, the first is narrow and shallow, but also the shortest, so we
opted for that. The information we had was 30 years old, but we could see not
much had changed.
Royal has a fascinating
history. It was fought over by the Spanish and English and in its hay day, it
was home to 5000 pirates with their women and children.
There are also
several wrecks at the bottom of the harbour and the Honduran government prohibit
excavating or bringing anything up from the wrecks.
is especially nice is how pretty it is.
The shores have palm
trees and white sandy beaches and it looks like a real paradise island should
Just when I was
getting despondent, we drop anchor somewhere like this and all is
The anchorage looked
so inviting that we immediately lowered the dink to go and
We didn’t get very
far, actually we only managed to make it ashore to Mango Creek Lodge.
We were greeted with
a ‘howdy, come on in’ from a young man who was busy cleaning the mosquito
His name was Jeremy
and he was from Colorado (seems folks from Colorado don’t like the winter there,
Dewhite in Barefoot Cay was also from Colorado.
But I will say this,
it seems that the young men from that area are well brought up, having very good
manners and excellent interpersonal skills.
Jeremy showed us
around the delightful lodge and beautiful gardens. We were introduced to Delia
(the cook) and also the local Monkey LaLa’s (a species of
At last this was what
I had imagined Roatan to be like. The resort (and I use the term purely because
I can’t think of another way to describe it) has a few little cabanas built over
the water, together with a bar and restaurant.
Then you climb the
hill to the lodge, all made with local wood and varnished to perfection by
Carlos, one of the employees.
adorn all the doors, all done by the local employees. Decks with swings surround
the lodge, affording spectacular views of the bay.
But what I am
particularly impressed with is the sustainability of the place. They have both
solar power and wind generators, producing 7.8 Kwh.
The toilets in the
cabanas are all composting toilets. They have grey water recycling and also grow
a lot of their own produce. Unlike many of the developments on Roatan, Mango
Creek nestles beautifully into its environment, not sticking out like a sore
thumb like the other concrete monstrosities we passed as we sailed up the
This is primarily a
fly fishing resort and apparently is one of the top 10 in the world for a
particular species of fish. But I could imagine spending a week here would be
After checking our
e-mails, we headed down to the bar where Jeremy introduced us to Terry Kyle one
of the owners.
We spent an
interesting afternoon hearing about the comings and goings, the best spots to
snorkel, the best beaches etc. Terry even told us that the designer of our boat
lives just around the corner near Jonesville.
While we were
settling in we had heard lots of radio traffic for the Mango Creek Lodge, for
dinner this evening.
Not only from the
boats, but also from the locals. For $20 a head they were putting on beef
tenderloin, rice and beans served with a glass of wine and finished off with
Well we have decided
to join the party as it seems everyone will be there and it is likely to be
standing room only.