Cayos Cochinos

Sail in 2009 from La Ceiba to Cayos Cochinos.

We passed through a very colorful floating boat junk yard as we left the marina in La Ceiba

After sailing 19 miles northeast we arrived at the largest of the islands. The Honduran navy arrives soon after our arrival to collect a fee for us to tie off.  Boats are not allowed to drop anchor because we are floating above a protected coral reef. The dock and buildings visible comprise the Turtle Bay Eco Resort, the only business in the Cayos Cochinos archipelago.
This is a view from the beach of the resort.

Large hammocks are symbols of a different life style.

The Coral reef is even more beautiful with your head beneath the water.
The sunsets before being extinguished displays virtually all the colors of the rainbow.  This was one of those moments. 
This gentleman departs our sailboat after letting us know his wife would like to cook a supper for the four of us.  He is of an ethnic group called Garifuna who live on part of the island.  We accepted the offer, agreed to the modest fee, and promised to arrive at the appointed time.  These men are fisherman and this is his ocean fishing vessel.  Note the ropes to his rudder and the sail rolled up on mass in the front of the boat.
We take a dingy ride to this self contained village of about 100 people for our next meal. 
Children of the village seem very interested in our dingy.
It must not be a good time for fishing.  The boats and fisherman are all ashore.
The women, however are busy with laundry and food preparation.
While our crew leisurely waits.......
the wife of the man who invited us prepares our meal.
On the sail back to La Ceiba with two fishing lines out we hook two identical King Mackerel.  My daughter holds one that will be our next fish dinner.

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