Author’s note: This post is part of my series on my recent trip to Honduras. To read past posts on Honduras, click here.
I woke up to the rising sun at the crack of dawn. It was hardly even five am yet I could no longer sleep. I kept peeking outside the closed wooden shades as the sun painted the world around me. I could hardly wait for the day ahead.
The night before I had arranged for a half day island tour with my own personal driver. I had read about the traditional Garifuna villages and wanted to see them. As I’m not one to sit around lounging in the sun, I thought a tour would quench my thirst of curiosity about the island.
My ride would arrive at ten o’clock so I’d have time for a quick snorkel in the reef before he arrived. I laid in bed until half past six and then had to get out and explore the cay in the daylight. It was even more beautiful than I had imagined.
One thing I loved so much about Roatan was the never ending amounts of sensational, colorful flowers. The flowers of the tropics were refreshing to my hungry eyes.
I decided to take a walk around the tiny Barefoot Cay and check it all out. I boarded my taxi ferry over to the cay and as soon as I stepped off, I felt like I was on my own private island. The world was still asleep yet the friendly parrot, Chacarron was well awake and ready to talk to me.
I couldn’t resist putting this clip in here even though I’m a bit annoying trying to coax the parrot to talk! But I’ve never quite heard a parrot talk like this before! And my kids loved it!
When I woke up in the morning I could hear Chacarron’s calls all the way from across the water. I initially thought it was a young child but as soon as I got on the cay and approached Chacarron’s tree, I realized my foolish mistake! I enjoyed playing with him for awhile and feeding him peanuts. I think he was lonely for some company.
After I was done playing with the friendly parrot who called after me every time I tried to walk away, I headed over to the beach to check out the ocean. It was a beautiful morning full of sunshine and joy. I love days like that!
I had to check out the cabana that laid peacefully over the ocean and above the reef. It was a place for peace and relaxation as well as the jumping off point for the reef.
I didn’t have time for going snorkeling, only for pictures and a hearty breakfast before my tour. Had I known that the day would turn outrageously windy and snorkeling would be challenging, I would have gone. Looking back, it is hard to believe such a perfect morning would turn so quickly into rain and wind. But that is the breaks with being on an island in rainy season!
The pool, the ocean….everything was getting me so excited for the day ahead. But Barefoot Cay would have to wait until the afternoon as I had my island tour first. It was time to get my camera and notebook ready and see how the locals truly live in Roatan.