Roatan 2000: September 16
Last Tourist Day
Coming out of the cabanas we ran into Kelly and Michelle, off to explore the island (they were determined to take The Road as far East as possible) in a truck they'd just rented from Sandy Bay Rent-A-Car. Since it was their last day on the island as well we agreed to come pick them up in the evening and take them to Milliways for dinner. We then tried to go buy a map we'd seen in Las Palmas, but all of the shops were closed (too much partying the night before?), so we continued on to the Iguana Farm.
Iguanas, Iguanas Everywhere
Getting to the Iguana Farm isn't as straight forward as it should be, they are currently working on the only road that has a sign (and it's blocked off from all access completely). You can get there by driving east past the main sign to the dirt road at the end of the white fence on the right side of the road, then making a left at the soccer field to the end of the road.
There are iguanas of all shapes and sizes everywhere. You'll think at first there's a breeze blowing in the trees - there isn't, it's just a lot of lizards moving around slowly. The owner of the area asks for a $1US donation but nobody was enforcing it, he has a post sank into the ground with a slot in it for you to drop your money in. At the bottom of the driveway you'll also see a chicken-wire cage housing a couple of the biggest rats I'd ever imagined seeing. These were not the cute little lab mice you may have seen in movies, these things were as big as a puppy.
Lunch and Snorkeling
We left the farm, got some gas (to be sure and give the car back to Marco filled), and headed for West End for lunch. The Lighthouse Cafe wasn't busy and the woman behind the counter had to be the happiest person I'd seen on the island yet. She was singing to herself, smiled constantly, and was willing to cook anything, regardless if it was on the menu or not. We ordered fish sandwiches and Cokes (in the old-style glass bottle) for lunch and chatted with an ex-patriot from Colby, Kansas who'd setup shop in West End doing odd-jobs and renting underwater camera and video equipment to divers. The fish was excellent (and too big for one piece of bread, we got a large lunch for 40 Lempira!) and we went back to the cabana to digest for a while before going to snorkel Spooky Channel. If you've never SCUBA dove before and didn't know that there's nothing down there to hurt you, you might get freaked out a little. At one point in the channel the coral grows back together almost close enough for you to touch on both sides, but it's 90 feet deep (and the most incredible blue I'd ever seen). At 25 feet down the channel widens out into a 65 foot wide cavern (according to the sign at BIBR). Once we found the channel (here's a hint: go left from the BIBR pier, not right) we saw a huge school of Blue Tangs, a monster-sized crab, jellyfish, minnows, and all of the other fish you can see on a dive through the coral off Roatan.
We gave Tim a ride back to the cabanas (where he was staying while shooting a promotional video for the island and BIBR and spent a few hours in the pool, dodging the heat and the sand flies.
Dinner at Milliways
We went to pick up Kelly and Michelle for dinner just about as they were getting back from their all-day adventure on the other side of the island. We hung out drinking Monkey La-La's as they showered and got ready then went to West End. Milliways was of course excellent again (I had the seafood crepes for the second time) and we capped off the evening with hours of conversation while drinking green beers. We finally headed back to the cabana to pack and get ready for the 5 am wake-up. At midnight I couldn't take the noise upstairs anymore and beat on the wall until they quieted down. I must have woken up the matriarch in the group as I heard a woman groggily yell out something and the entire clan went quiet then slowly crept off to bed.
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