Roatan had a lot more accessible places to check out…we barely scratched the surface…but it was interesting to compare what we saw to what we didn’t see. e.g. my snorkel buddy spotted one lonely Trumpetfish and I saw none at all. In Cuba I usually see them everywhere I go. OTOH, the place was lousy with Parrotfish of every size and description. The coral was mostly in pretty decent shape, particularly corals that were growing off rocks close in shore where few people snorkel.
There were fairly large Blue Tang schools, but I have seen bigger at Jibacoa. We got lucky with lobsters, spotting three of them. Didn’t see any squid. A large variety of fish, but few I hadn’t seen before. And no seahorses, although we looked a few places. In the seagrass and under docks, but no luck. However, there was a kid selling dead, dried ones on the beach, so perhaps that explains their absence in the water. Lots of folks selling conch shells as well. They do take such things away from you at the airport…we saw someone lose one when we went through…but as long as tourists are willing to pay, the locals will keep destroying their livelihood. Education about that is badly needed. (why kill something when people will pay you over and over to see it living??)
Prices. I paid close to double for this trip over what I usually pay for Cuba. But then, I had single supplement on top. We stayed at the Paradise Beach Resort, and I would recommend it. Small, great staff, decent accommodations, not a lot of amenities, but the food was good and the location was excellent. I will be adding pictures of the resort soon. Still trying to get my head clear from post trip disorientation. ;D