Port and Shore Excursions
Went on the island getaway excursion. You a tendered to the island which takes about 20 minutes (get on the tender last so you can sit in rear of boat and enjoy the ride...it's a covered boat and can be a bit claustrophobic). Bannister Island is a small island and had a bar and offers food. They have music but you can't hear it unless you are in the bar, At one point they turned it off and I asked to have it turned back on. It just didn't seem as fun as it could have been. There are floats/beach chair foam things to relax on but were pretty tore up. You can kayak from the island across to some mangroves...if the current is up, you will have to work to get back. I got a bucket of local beer (6 beers) from the bar and it was about $30. Wear water shoes when swimming as the bottom is coarse and can also feel like soggy clay.
Beach day! Had a great time here. Long bus ride (about 40 minutes). When we arrived it was like a different world! The beach was amazing and had an open bar. Kayaks were available and free. There was music and even covered massage tables on the beach. Cost for a massage was $30 per half hour but what an experience! There are plenty of comfortable lounge chairs and lots of places in the shade if you like. Will do this again one day!
Basically did shopping here and visited the Diamonds international store. Nothing special there. I bought a ring and thought it was a good deal, ended up I had it checked when I returned to the states. I didnt lose but no gain either. Would have paid same on US.
Visited Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Had live music and sat at bar outside in the back of restaurant. Had tequila jello shots that were molded in a orange skin. Had lots of water toys in back for the kids (climbing wall, trampoline, and a few others) all floating on the water. Nice atmosphere.
Went on the Tabyana beach excursion. After a 20 min bus ride, we arrived at the beach area. There is a small shop and lockers at $3 each to place your valuables in. The beach is large and lots of places under shade if you like. There is staff that watch your belongings and I saw some security guys tell others to leave the area if you didn't have a special arm band on (that was a good thing as you have this special band). Snorkeling was the best ever. I later learned that the reef system in Honduras is 2nd largest in world. It was unreal!!! You can rent snorkeling gear for $10 for all day. There is beach food and a live band also. Have the best time ever and will be doing this again one day.