Bay Islands / Honduras

Bay Islands & Cayos Cochinos

The cruises in Honduras are one-week cruises with the option to be extended to two, three or four week cruises. The trip schedules can be easily combined.

Where we sail

The Bay Islands and Cayos Cochinos are located in the Caribbean Sea, north of Honduras. Both archipelagoes are among the least known and almost undeveloped sailing grounds in the Caribbean. No charter boats, great sailing in the trade wind, wonderful anchorages, incomparable diving and snorkeling spots and at least “40 Shades of Turquoise” – water colors to fall in love with!

The Island of Robinson Crusoe is probably located here. Daniel Defoe wrote his novel “Robinson Crusoe” based on the diary of the castaway named Alexander Selkirk. The story of Defoe is about the sole survivor of a shipwreck in a hurricane that was washed ashore on Utila, one of the Bay Islands, in 1659.

The Cayos Cochinos are part of the barrier reef and the nature or marine reserve area. The underwater life here is unique! About 100 people live on the two main islands and 14 small coral islands.

Our trips with the 54-foot (about 18 meter) catamaran lead from the hotel jetty of the “Little French Key” on Roatán to the small island of Guanaja. There you’ll find a real hurricane hole. The surrounding islands are among the best snorkeling spots in the western Caribbean. Small simple restaurants welcome you to a sundowner. Dinghy trips to the north side of Guanaja are an unforgettable experience due to the landscape and the water colors.

Temperatures ranging between 26 to 29 degrees and east winds between 15 and 22 knots, sailing pleasure at its best. The sailing routes are kept short expect the route from Guanaja to  Cochino Grande.

In addition to sporty or enjoyable sailing with wind and wave noise, there is still enough time for dinghy or land excursions, as well as for diving and snorkeling ad libitum.

Sabine provides for your comfort on board the catamaran. She is a skipper herself and loves the Caribbean cuisine (see “Crew”). She is also happy to cook vegetarian dishes upon request.

The skipper Karl Heinz “Carlos” is responsible for safe sailing pleasure with his eight Atlantic crossings and more than 200,000 nautical miles, he is probably one of the most experienced German-speaking catamaran sailors. He lived in Cuba for more than three years and is fluent in Spanish.

Possible excursions

Honduras was once part of the Maya Indian empire. The Maya lived here over 1000 years ago, the temples of the then important city Copán on the mainland are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hikes and kayak trips on Guanaja and Utila are very impressive, the climbing of the lighthouse on Cochino Grande is well rewarded with a great view.

Arrival

For best Flight connections contact a travel agency of your choice. At Roatán airport you will board a taxi shuttle which will drop you off directly at the jetty where JONATHAN is anchored. You check in at JONATHAN. Helping hands take your luggage on deck. Then it is time for a welcome drink!

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