This was welcomed news because I get seasick easily and today Andrew was going fishing.
Andy is a passionate fisherman so at this point in the trip, I was paying my dues — dues as in the ones I had promised him when he was either not interested, terrified, or pressured into scuba diving with me.
All felt magical, as if we had stepped into a van Gogh swirling painting.
When we got into the boat, we were introduced to Chris and Banks, who asked if we wanted to keep our catch. Earlier, Andrew and I had talked about this and — if I remember correctly — that may have been the night we were having a pleasant sunset dinner by the ocean when I couldn’t stop sobbing about the amount of poor fish killed, which translated into the poor skinny kittens that weren’t allowed to eat any fish, which then morphed into a massive ball of depression on how I did not know the rules on being able to fly five kittens back to America to live with us. Yep, I believe it was that night . . .
Anyway, while crying and hyperventilating, I somehow agreed with Andy that if he caught a fish, we should keep one because we would not have opportunities such as this where we could literally catch our own fish and eat it in a matter of hours. Therefore, when Chris and Banks asked if we wanted to keep our catch, Andrew proudly told them yes, while I nodded in sorrow.
“All I’m asking is for you to please dispatch of the fish quickly,” I had told Chris and Banks, “or I’ll be doomed to sit on the boat crying the rest of the time.”
“She’s being honest, mate,” Andrew said with a heavy sighing. “Trust me, we would all rather avoid that.”
I originally posted this on TripAdvisor but pulled it after hearing people at Las Rocas were accused of trying to decrease others’ business so I want to make myself clear: What is written here is my view entirely. Further, no one told me this — This was simply captured in November 2017 on my camera, which blatantly shows these two resorts not being environmentally-friendly. Harming the environment in such a way hurts local businesses and, therefore, livelihoods. In conclusion, readers, if you go to Roatán, do not support Mayan Princess or Infinity Bay. They should be pushed to correct this issue; however, without rules governing boats in Honduras, tourists can take a stand against this and decrease bookings at these two resorts.
Apparently, in certain months that end in “–ber”, barracuda (and other large reef fish) contain ciguatoxin, which is produced by certain algae at that time. Little fish eat that algae then bigger fish eat those little ones so that once the fish are digested, the ciguatoxin contains a poison that seeped through the large fish’s body. Harmless to fish, it is poisonous to people and can cause severe problems from prolonged nausea to paresthesia (tingling and numbness in nerves). One person even told us of dogs dying after eating bad barracuda due to people leaving the fish on the ground following a failed edible test.
So how do the locals know — for sure — the barracuda does not have this poison? They give it the edible test — The edible test is when a small piece of the barracuda is placed in an area of ants. If the ants swarm the fin, it is safe. However, if the ants steer clear, people do too.
This beautiful moray eel was several feet long and smelt the blood from our just-filleted fish. Moray hesitated in coming out and wound itself around the boat’s idle propeller, hoping for scraps.
Moray wasn’t the only one with plans though — We were to take on our second dive after our boating trek. This meant completing another quiz before we were in the boat once more. Dive buddies Shay and Michelle had previously scheduled an all-day boating trip so Andy and I were the only ones diving with Anja again.
Unlike our first trip though, Andrew was excited to get back in his diving gear to go underwater and for good reason — This dive was the best dive we would go on while in Roatán. It had slightly better visibility at around eight-five percent, and we saw even more amazing aquatic life, such as a large sea turtle that was on the ocean floor before it gracefully swam towards the surface where the light was streaming in just right. We also saw more lion fish in addition to barracuda and another large snapper that followed us. The dive couldn’t have lasted long enough but, running lower on air, we returned to the surface, making Dive Two in our steps to certification completed.