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Roatan Golf Tournament 2014

by Christian on Wednesday, 12 February 2014.

The Rotary Club of Roatan and the Organizing Committee of the 4rd Annual Rotary Golf Tournament Day are inviting leading companies and community leaders to support, sponsor and participate in our Fundraising Event.

The Rotary Golf Tournament 2014 will be held at The Black Pearl Golf Course, in the Pristine Bay Resort, located in French Harbour, Roatan, Bay Islands, on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Registration Starts at 8:30 am

Shotgun Start at 10:00 am
4 Ball Scramble with THREE Flights –

Everyone can be a WINNER !!
Registration Fee: $150 per Participant

Includes:
Green Fees,
Cart (2 players/cart),
Goodie Bag w/Cap & Gifts,
Raffle Ticket,
Prize giving party with food!
Clubs - $25 if required. Max 2 people per set of Clubs (please state Men’s or Women’s and Right or Left handed)

 

To register please email Edda Borjas at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the following information:

1. Golfer’s Names (4 per team)
2. Team Name (don't worry if you haven't got 4 players - we can pair you up in a team)
3. Clubs requirement, if any
4. Contact Email address and Cell Phone – VERY IMPORTANT please

 

Contact phone: Edda Borjas 504.9939.1321

Roatan Diving Video - the Reef at West Bay Beach

by Christian on Tuesday, 04 February 2014.

Roatan reefs provide divers with colorful reefs and numerous fish species as well as sea turtles and many other marine mammals. Free diver Jacques Lalonde, on a recent trip to Roatan (December, 2013), took this video footage just off West Bay Beach. Thank you to Jacques and, as always, a huge thank you to Roatan Marine Park for their continuing efforts in keeping Roatan reefs healthy and pristine.

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For a closer look at Roatan Island, browse the Tourism Roatan site. We provide detailed, comprehensive information on Roatan Diving, Roatan accommodation, Roatan dining & restaurants, Roatan shore excursions, Roatan spas, Roatan Weddings and more - the most comprehensive travel information website for the Western Caribbean Island of Roatan

Roatan New Year’s 2014

by Christian on Sunday, 29 December 2013.

Happy Roatan New Year 2014! Here is a growing list of New Year’s activities and celebration on Roatan, Honduras to end 2013 and bring in 2014.

 

WEST BAY BEACH:

Bananarama Resort Beach Bash! Fireworks, seafood buffet $25, photo booth, beer pong, party favors, fire dancers, champagne toast, live music with Scotty C. and Jon Fritz 7pm. Free shuttle to and from West End Village, pickup 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30pm.

The Beach Club, San Simon - 4 theme buffet stations, unlimited premium open bar, midnight champagne toast, live band and DJ and our traditional firework show. Dinner starts serving 8:30pm until 11:30pm and early bird soup served at 1:00am.

Infinity Bay Resort - Asian inspired full buffet dinner in our international buffet restaurant including a wide assortment of our famous sushi, Pad Thai and carving station, fresh salad bar and our freshly baked bread and desserts.

Prefer beachfront dining? Also offering a 3-course special dinner menu at La Palapa including Caesar salad, surf & turf and NY cheese cake!

Fireworks extravaganza, party favors & champagne toast at midnight.

SANDY BAY:

Beach Grill Roatan – 3 course meal with choice of entrée – prime rib, grilled lobster tail, smoked pork tenderloin, $35 per person. Reservation recommended 504-3228-8161 Rob.

WEST END VILLAGE:

Ronny's Barefeet Bar - for a real island style fish fry. $2 beer and sangria, $2.50 fish tacos, local steel drum music. 1pm until sunset.

Sundowner’s Beach Bar – Live music performance by Brion James, Dave Barons and Addie.

FRENCH HARBOUR:

Jack's Harbor View Grill We will be having a great BBQ FEAST with views of one of the Islands best fireworks displays. $20 for adults and $12 for kids with $5 from each plate going to Roatan Children’s Fund starts at 7PM and ends when it ends...

New Year’s Day we have a GREAT Asian Buffet with guest chef Scotty S with the most delicious feast treats. Reservation recommended. $22 adults $10 kids

Tickets can be bought in advance, call 9640 7159, e mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or come on in.

To all our visitors and residents alike, Happy New Year 2014!

Roatan Fishing - How is Fishing in Roatan?

by Christian on Wednesday, 11 December 2013.

By Avi D'souza

Everyone knows Roatan for its amazing scuba diving, snorkeling and perfect beaches. So how is it for fishing? Well first off, Roatan´s main source of income for decades has been fishing (and piracy but that is another history lesson). Coxen Hole, French Harbour and Oak Ridge are home to large fleets of fishing and shrimping trawlers. Most of which is exported to the U.S. and around the globe. The waters around Honduras were so rich that the wealthiest families on the island made their fortunes in fishing not tourism. Today much of the island is sustained by tourism.

Learn more about Roatan Fishing

For quite some time, Roatan was a sport fisherman’s best kept secret. The waters are great for Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi Mahi fishing. Early September is also a great time to fish for Marlin as well which run through these waters. Roatan annually hosts the fishing tournament during this period and this year attracted million dollar fishing yachts from all over the Caribbean.

When going deep sea fishing in Roatan there are a couple important thing to remember:

1)      Have no expectations, any time out on a boat is a good time. It’s called fishing, not catching and everyone gets skunked sometime.

2)      Choose a good captain. A good captain knows the waters like the back of his hand. He eats, breathes, sleeps fishing (and often time smells the part)

3)      Choose a comfortable boat. Nothing is more frustrating than losing a catch because you couldn’t maneuver on the boat. Pick a boat which gives you the space to fish properly. Many companies will help you find other anglers to split a charter so you can have a nicer boat at a fraction of the price.

4)      Look for cues. Many times you can tell what’s below the surface by what’s above. Look for seabirds.

5)      Know your limits. If you can’t live without fishing, an 8 hour charter is the way to go. But for most people 4 hours is perfect.

Happy Fishing! Learn more about Roatan Fishing...

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For a closer look at Roatan Island, browse the Tourism Roatan site. We provide detailed, comprehensive information on Roatan Diving, Roatan accommodation, Roatan dining & restaurants, Roatan shore excursions, Roatan spas, Roatan Weddings and more - the most comprehensive travel information website for the Western Caribbean Island of Roatan

Bay Islands, Honduras - Which is the Best Bay Island?

by Christian on Tuesday, 03 December 2013.

By Avi D'souza

Which is the Best Bay Island?

This answer will vary depending on what you are looking for:

Roatan:

Roatan is definitely the most developed of the Bay Islands. Over the years significant infrastructure has been put in place so the island offers just about every amenity you could ask for. Good food, good shopping, beautiful beaches, amazing diving, security. It is very easy to fly into Roatan RTB or take the ferry direct from the mainland. Costs are higher then the other bay islands for food, electricity and most other things (not always justifiably so) but most of the time there are prices to suit every budget. The island can get a lot o cruise ship traffic in high season but they are only there for the day and it immensely benefits the local economy. Many “Old Timers” will reminisce and complain about how the island was back in their day, but it still is a very magical place in my opinion. It has a long way to go before it starts to feel soul less like Cancun or Grand Cayman.

Utila:

Utila is the second most developed of the Bay Islands. The population and size are a fraction of Roatan and just about everything is situated off the main road. Utila´s claim to fame is Whale sharks and cheap food, accommodations and diving. This makes it a very popular destination for young central American back packers who survive on under $20 a day. In my opinion it’s more of a hedonistic paradise and you can get a lot with a small budget. The downside is it is a bit trickier to get to, it is more difficult to get more specialized amenities and they don’t have many external excursions on the island.

Guanaja:

Guanaja is a fairly large island and is mostly uninhabited. It has miles of unspoilt beaches and great diving. The majority of the population lives on a tiny densely packed island of Bonaca. Some things are cheaper in Guanaja but the lack of steady transport to the island makes most things (food, accommodations) more expensive. Guanaja is know for being off the beaten path and also has a beautiful waterfall. Transport to Guanaja is easiest by private boat charter or flying from the main land of Honduras.

Cayos Cochinos:

Cayos Cochinos is geographically the smallest and least inhabited of the Bay Islands. Cayos Cochinos is composed of small cays and 2 large jungle covered islands (Cayos Minor and Cayos Grande). The islands are very sparsely populated with most of the population (under 600) living on the large islands or the village of Chachahuate. Personally, Cayos Cochinos is my favourite island. It has amazing untouched reefs, beautiful white sand beaches and just the lack of tourism makes it a gem.

Avi and the team at West Bay Tours are local experts who can help you get the most out of your Bay Islands vacation. Visit their site to learn more.

Christmas Special 2013 Barefoot Cay Resort

by Christian on Monday, 02 December 2013.

The 12 Days of Christmas- a New Special Starting Every Day!

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a huge last- minute savings
Book between Dec 1-15th:  Save 50% on room rates for dates now to December 20th.  

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the 2nd person 1/2 price in January.
Book between December 2-15th: book 1 inclusive weekly package, 2nd person pays 1/2 price.

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a decadent spa indulgence in February.
Book between Dec 3-15th:  book any week stay in February, and get a $100 spa voucher

On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, wine and complimentary room service for dinner in March.
Book between Dec 4-15th, book any week stay in March, and receive a bottle of house wine and complimentary room service for dinner on your night of choice.

On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a mini shopping spree in April.
Book between Dec 5-15th: book any week stay in April, and receive a $50 resort shop gift certificate.

On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, scuba diving for free.
Book between Dec 6-15th: book any weekly inclusive dive package in May, and pay the non-diver price.

On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 20% off room rates in June.
Book between December 7-15th, save 20% on our accommodation rates.

On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, romance in July.
Book between Dec 8-15th: book a stay in July, and receive a bottle of champagne and flowers romantically arranged in your room on arrival.

On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the 4th person absolutely free.
Book between Dec 9-15th: book a two-bedroom oceanview loft suite or two-bedroom beachfront villa for any inclusive week stay in August, and the 4th person's package is free.

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, suite September savings.
Book between Dec 10-15th: Save 30% on loft suites and partial villa suite accommodate rates for September dates.

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 1/2 price diving instructions in October.
Book between Dec 11-15th:  October.1/2 price any open water, advanced or specialty course when booking a week stay in October.

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, $150 per person saving in November.
Book between Dec 12-15th: Save $150 per person on any weekly inclusive stay in November.


All specials apply to new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other promotion.   To book any of the above specials, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Roatan Events - U.S. Thanksgiving at Bananarama Dive Resort

by Christian on Wednesday, 20 November 2013.

Will you be travelling to Roatan over the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday? Bananarama Dive Resort is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet dinner on November 28th from 4:30pm - 7:00pm. Imagine, you can spend the holiday weekend in a tropical island paradise without missing the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixings. Here's the menu:

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Here's wishing all our U.S. visitors a very happy Thanksgiving holiday and thank you for spending it with us here on Roatan!

For a closer look at Roatan Island, browse the Tourism Roatan site. We provide detailed, comprehensive information on Roatan {rsseo 90}, Roatan accommodation, Roatan dining & restaurants, Roatan shore excursions, Roatan spas, Roatan Weddings and more - the most comprehensive travel information website for the Western Caribbean Island of Roatan

Roatan Excursions to Cayos Cochinos

by Christian on Monday, 28 October 2013.

Day trips to Cayos Cochinos from Roatan are easy with West Bay Tours offering two trips weekly. These remote yet accessible islands offer a day of nature, culture, food and music.

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