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Roatan island style website featuring articles and stories of adventure, yarns and photography, this is how we invite you to experience the island. Roatan readers grasp a sense of what it means to escape to pristine beaches, coral reefs and participate in the islands culture.

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Families from just about everywhere were welcomed and given tours of the Resort and the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences. Ages were divided and counselors assigned.

 

 

Artist Chapdelaine: Paul Chapdelaine is a well know artist in Tela and Roatan. But, I did not know that, until I walked by what I thought was a street painter (you know, like the kind you see in parks and boulevards in the big cities) and met the man.

 

Bananarama Gang

Having gotten through perhaps the busiest months at Bananarama Dive Center, many divers have asked us, Do you live and work here all year round? The answer is

 

Catrachos

Did you ever wonder why Hondurans or Hondureños are called catrachos?

 

Charity Tourism

We asked them if they would write a little bit about how they got started Giving Back to the people of Roatan and what their Roatan Adventure was like..

 

Christmas

Tinsel and bows were long cast aside for this Christmas was special… the gift was outside!

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Roatan Cruise shippers are sure to enjoy the safe, secure and simple pleasures of Roatan Island, a part of the Bay Islands in the Bay of Honduras.

Diving Adventure
Okay, so Monday afternoon we loaded up the Pelican and headed out for a dive at Canyon lands, a Roatan scuba site we love east of Sandy Bay out past the Odyssey (a wreck located just about in front of the Sunshine Cafe) with Captain Dan.

 

 

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Sargassum

Half Moon Bay, West End, Roatan

The Sargasso Sea is the only sea without a land border, the Sargasso is unique to the whole of the Ocean and well worth exploring.

Sargassum Presence

Sargassum a genus of golden brown (class Phaeophyceae) macroalgae (seaweed) in the order Fucales, and has numerous species throughout the earths oceans.

The Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic Ocean is home to two species (S. natans & S. fluitans) which have become holopelagic reproducing vegetatively and never attaching to the seafloor during their lifecycle. These species are also found throughout the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico through transport by the Gulf Stream.

Sargassum importantance?

Sargassum is seen as a nuisance to some when it collects in large amounts on coastal beaches, the algae offers many ecosystem benefits such as nursery and cover habitat for juvenile turtles and fish of commercial and recreational value (eg marlin), as a refuge for migratory species and as an important element in shoreline stability over time on coastal beaches.

Why is there so much Sargassum in the Caribbean and on West African beaches?

In 2014, there has been major presence in the Caribbean & West Africa (similar to an event in 2011) but an agreed-upon source has not been established. A proportion seems to be coming from the Sargasso Sea around Bermuda but there are other suggestions from satellite data that it is also coming from an area outside the mouths of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers and travelling north.


Sargassum Sea Vegetable

Sargassum: Not Just for Breakfast Any More

Sargassum — Gulf weed — comprises a huge number of seaweeds in all oceans, both bottom dwelling and free floating. In fact, two common species found in Florida waters, S. natans and S. fluitans, are free floating all their lives.

Sargassum fluitans
This brown seaweed, which is also a vast floating masses in the Sargasso Sea in the north central Atlantic, is found washed ashore on the beaches often following sustained easterly winds such as during northeasters and hurricanes. It’s not only common in Florida but I also picked it up as a boy along the shores of New England. Although considered a smelly nuisance by beach-goers when it starts to decompose, the floating mats are a source of food or home to a huge variety of sea life. Often some of them will still be living on a clump of beached sargassum.

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Music by: Bobby Rieman
CD: Puttin In Time
Song: Open Boat

The songs on this album were written at different periods during the last 33 years I have been performing here on the island. The varied content and subject matter of the individual tunes is directly influenced by life and times here in the northwest Caribbean as has been my great fortune to have lived and experienced it.

A mix of reggae, soca, country and blues influences can be heard on these selections which you are sure to enjoy.


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“Between the inner and outer beaches,
a strand of woods thrived: palms, palmettos, mahogany, figs, and calabash.
Coconut palms and fig trees dropped enough fruit to feed the wildlife that swooped by in droves.
It was so easy to catch a fish with your bare hands,
Tristan and I had made a game of it during our weeks of lovemaking on the warm, supple sand.
It truly was paradise.”
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