First I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful morning in Roatan, our driver was full of information and facts as we drove to the Resort or should I say Upachaya B&B which was about a 10-15 minute drive. It is a good walk to meet the driver but you can always take a taxi for $2 pp if you are unable to walk up a hill and stairs. There will be other people offering you tours as you walk and you just tell them no thank you but they generally seemed nice. Beth met us at the van once we arrived at the B&B and gave us a tour of her property, which was beautiful and she was full of information. We made our way down to the dock to get ready for our snorkel. It was only my husband and I doing the excursion that day which turned out to be a blessing!! Our guide was Mario who is a PADI certified and snorkeled with us the whole time. Our first mate was Manuel and he was in charge of our equipment and the boat. The boat is a pontoon boat that was very nice and we had lots of room to move around. The boat ride out to the first snorkel site is only 5-10 minutes from the dock and was very enjoyable to see the shore and mangroves. We have our own snorkel equipment but both guys were always checking to make sure we were ok and treating our mask so they wouldn't fog up. My husband's mask was new and he puts out alot of hot air through his nose, so his fogged up every 5 minutes. Mario never left our sides while snorkeling, he guided us through the reefs to point out where each creature was hiding and would take my camera down and take pictures of them for us. He seemed to know those waters very well which is how he knew where to take us for each creature. He would also point out different species of coral and fish for us. The waters we were in were relatively calm and easy to snorkel. Once we got back to the dock the guys rinsed off our equipment for us and we rinsed off and made our way to lunch. Beth sat with us and chatted as we ate our delicious vegetarian lunch. We then changed out of our wet clothes and headed back to the port. I believe we made it back around 12 or 1 so we had plenty of time to explore the Mahogany bay area. We would definitely do this excursion again or any excursion with these wonderful people again. A few things to note, I would love to go back to Roatan one day and spend a week there and swim with the whale sharks. The people there seem very friendly but the bugs are not. It is common that some of the Caribbean islands have these tiny bugs called noseeums. Just be prepared and wear repellent.
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