Visit Forgotten Honduras [Adventure #142]


last week we explored the islands of
Conchaquita and Meanguera in the country of El Salvador
we’re gonna go check out of El Salvador today head right over in there
immigration port captain get our passports stamped get our internationals zarpe
then we’re gonna sail over to Isla Tigre which is part of Honduras
last time on shore and El Salvador see how long it
takes us to get our zarpe document so giving them plenty of heads up so I’m
thinking it’ll be a little quicker maybe I hope so ours seems to take a long time
to put together a document I’ve got bread rising on the boat so I’m hoping an hour I
really need to punch it down
unfortunately when we arrived at the office to check out the officials were
not there so we went to go get a few last-minute groceries huevos are done there’s no real always notice in Mexico
and Latin America there’s no there’s all Central
America should say they don’t know what a dozen eggs are
even though we’ll give him like a twelve thing that one
actually knows it’s twelve yeah they obviously don’t grow up with a
dozen things it’s always in a flats that were like oh let’s get twelve we know like
their counting was like was exactly twelve there it is a carton back at the port
captain’s office we were able to complete our check out procedures fairly
quickly after getting our exit stamps and our passports we received an
international zarpe which is a document clearing you out of a port as
well as a crew list with information for all three of us on board that we would
turn into the next port we arrived at then with fluky winds we are off to
easily Tigre in Honduras a lot of islands out here there’s another one out
here from an El Salvadorian Island is I believe it’s Zacatil or
something like that looks like a decent sized Island Exposition behind us
it’s cool but it’s only like less than a meter deep for a long way out it’s
probably can’t go over there a lot another little one plodded around the
place this here is Honduras so we’re going to make landfall Honduras pretty
soon this is easily El Tigre Tiger island it’s the name of this island here
so we got our check in done over there at the port captain’s office which
is right over there that’s the port captain immigration and everything and
now we’re over here at a restaurant we think we might have managed to find some
wifi Platanos plantains we missed our plantains
there’s been a big plate of food here got grilled chicken plantains and a little
salad it is calld Pollo a la Plancha grilled meat yeah it’s just going down over there the
horizon right now back on the boat we enjoyed one of the best sunsets we’ve
seen in quite a while what do you think of sunsets I think they’re awesome it’s
the best time of the day aside from some aside from sunrise I was gonna say
sunrises pretty sweet this is a good one huh this is a heck of a backdrop you got
like just layers now we’ve gone all pink now instead of the bright yellow pretty pretty awesome sunset cool with
all the like volcanoes and the clouds pretty perfect
Did you have something to say there young lady
I’m just speechless I like sunsets
These are our last moments well hopefully not
here on Isla Tigre Honduras the main form of transport is tuk tuk and the best way to
see the island is to get a tuk tuk tour from a local today
Jeffrey was our driver showing us all around the
island Playa Zapote and
Jeffrey says this is the only white sand beach on the island
yeah it looks like it’s mostly shell more than sand
A bunch of volcanic rock over here that looks pretty cool we’re sure this islands main trader is
tourism they’re quite busy on Friday Saturdays
and Sundays from the Nationals Nice viewpoint
along with taking us to the beaches Jeffrey took us to the view
points where we could see the surrounding islands and volcanoes
we’re on the playa negra and we’re gonna grab a bite to eat right
here I’m gonna great viewer over here at El Salvador right behind me where we
were that’s Meanguera over there This is playa grande on the western side
of the island this is Honduras that way is Conchaquita
our first island in El Salvador and then over there coming
Meanguera back in the center of town alongside the
Central Park we found an old abandoned casino from nearly a century ago which
made us wonder about the islands history In the sixties
Amapala was a port the port is this over here
You see those big houses, those were German enterprise all kind of
business import-export lumber, cotton everything all kind of yeah
it was different work here every day moving cargo from here to there the big
ships come in here yeah the whole thing anchor in a line about 10 every month
they were unloaded by barges and a towboat what
year did they finish 1980 okay and they went to San Lorenzo a couple of
years back usually used to arrive here sailboats like yours
But now none, not much I don’t know why. after talking with the older gentleman
and understanding the history of the town and the island here it was quite
sad seeing how a small change could affect a place so much after being a
bustling port town for most of the 20th century the opening of a new commercial
port on the mainland had taken away nearly all of the jobs and industry it was clear that since then the town had
worked hard to become a tourist destination and it was reported to be
popular with hunter and nationals on the weekends but it certainly was a passed
over destination for most Western tourists all of out time here in the Gulf of Fonseca
has been lovely and we thought the islands
here were great cruising grounds however after talking with the locals
and with other cruisers we’ve met down the road it is certainly becoming an
increasingly passed over spot the area south of Mexico down to Costa Rica is
known as The Forgotten Middle and only stops most cruisers seemed to make in
this region is at one of two marinas developed particularly for Westerners
the immigration official on Isla Meanguera told us that we were only the
fourth vessel this year to stop there and we had a feeling the count was about
the same here on Isla Tigre winch is gummed
from the heat we can’t even get the right now trying to get this the main
drum out think we’re going to check out of
Honduras El Tigre today sail on out of the Gulf of Fonseca here out on the pier
we’re both the port captain and immigration office where they prepared
our check up paperwork they told us it would be a bit of a wait and let us go
enjoy one last Honduran meal before we left this time is as good as any
other say yes cheers thanks so much for watching guys thanks for all your
comments keep on leaving them huge thanks to everyone out there that
supports us along the way and it was being with us for ages big thanks to our
patrons who make this journey in these videos possible thanks to all the
newcomers we’ll catch you next time Cheers thanks to Emily
Wow what do you think about sunrises today they’re pretty nice too when
you’re awake for them how many of the sunrises have you caught there nice
when you’re on watch yeah check out those teeth

65 thoughts on “Visit Forgotten Honduras [Adventure #142]

  1. Most Americans fully believe that these countries are dangerous and decide to bypass them. Your video disproves this for the most part and shows that they deserve to be a stopping off point for sailors/cruisers. Happy sailing.

  2. The Gulf of Fonseca looks like a paradise, and it’s a shame that most cruisers pass it bye. Thanks to you all for sharing it. Please let Emily know that just because I said she talks funny, that doesn’t mean I never want to hear from her:-). She’s not super chatty Is she?Are you still enjoying Costa Rica? Cheers guys, Scott

  3. Funny how if you believed most of the media these days, all of those countries are a mess and just full of gangs and blackmail which forces everyone to have a reason to run through the desert and hop the fence into America. These spots look gorgeous and while low budget, probably are nice quaint places to live. I love the real insight. Thanks

  4. Wow such beauty, many awe. I suspect people (tourists) stay away because of political instability & reports of corruption. True or not, people will avoid places with a poor reputation.

  5. os deseo un feliz año nuevo lleno de nuevas aventuras que con mucho gusto seguiré viendo y disfrutando saludos

  6. HAPPY NEW YEAR , no export of mahogny wood eny more…..! Lesser income , not sow intresting for the tourists. BarbroSweden

  7. Happy New Year! Yes, we also bypassed the Forgotten Coast on our way north from Panama. Depending on what we do after Mexico we may indeed visit this area based on your excellent reviews. Enjoy your travels south. You are very lucky to have found Emily. We certainly would love to find a third crew member to help out especially on the night passages.
    Enjoy!

  8. Hillary..how much was your great looking meal? Were you talking with your mom?? One can never get bored with the sunsets/sunrises that you have experienced. Is it spelled Tuk Tuk? Did the volcanoes have a name? What a vast wealth of history we may never have heard about..Thank you so much!! "Check out those teeth"! LOL HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  9. Such a lovely but quiet port. Too bad they are losing the shipping traffic to the mainland facility but I guess they call that progress, not sure that helps out those villagers though. Emily has been with you for awhile. How long does she plan on staying aboard? I, as one of your patrons, want to wish you a very Happy New Year and continued safe travels in 2019!

  10. Maybe I missed it in an earlier video, but seeing the crew names on the Zarpa I’m curious are Ty and Emily related?

  11. Just in time — happy New Year — hoping for better things in 2019

    That Casino guy was interesting, you guys always seem to find fascinating people to tell stories..

  12. It's amazing that these islands are visited so rarely. Perhaps your videos may encourage more yachties to stop there. Nice work guys.

  13. Looks like this quaint port is just what we would want to sail to. We are almost glad that most of the tourists would have passed it by and left these locals alone.

  14. As I write this it is 1am Jan 1, 2019….only wanted to say thanks for another year of vids, travel and sharing your lives with all of us….I for one, feel privileged….and grateful!

  15. Good blog and an interesting cruising ground, but I have to confess that the political instability and the murderous violence that Central America is renowned for would put me off. I expect that the real problem spots are inland or in the big cities rather than obscure coastal spots. Also, in our case, it is on the wrong side of Central America 😉

    Happy New Year! We look forward to more undiscovered treasures

  16. The comments I've read that North American's believe these places to be dangerous is sad to hear (with the possible exception of Venezuela which really is in a sad state right now). It's great to see YouTubers like you, RAN and Delos going off the beaten path. I love Central America and it's great to see the coastal areas that you miss when you travel to the cities. The biggest surprise was RAN's visit to Columbia which I still thought of as dangerous, and that I've now put back on my travel bucket list. All the best for the New Year and I look forward to more Adventures Adrift.

  17. Thanks for sharing how beautiful this part of the world is. I have to admit I still think of these areas as being dangerous. I am happy to see that this might not be the case anymore.

  18. Hi guys. Hope you had a great Xmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for posting all of these videos of the off-the-beaten-track places you go to. You're helping to change the perceptions one many have of these wonderful countries in Central America. Here's to a great 2019. Any update on the other boat?

  19. Another reason why that particular place might be passed over could be because it looks like it would be very easy to sail from El Salvador to Nicaragua without bothering to stop over (and check in and out) in Honduras.

    When you get down to the canal, do you think you will continue south, or will you head east? Also, what's up with the boat in Hawaii?

  20. Thanks Guys. This was an exceptionally good insight to this area . We have travelled to Both Mexico and Cost Rica, but like most travellers we missed out on this area. Even stayed in Chiappos for a couple of days.

  21. We somehow never came across your channel before today (saw the link on the FB group). You put together a nice vlog.
    Following! 🙂

  22. I just returned from Socorro Island after a eight day trip. I booked it right after I watched your video of your trip there. I was not disappointed, it was a great trip.  Thank you very much for letting know how great a place it is.

  23. Awe what a beautiful sunset!!! Looks like a nice quint port, just too bad people don't know much about these places!! I think it has to do with all the bad publicity media gives out there. Thank you for sharing this nice video!!

  24. thank you for sharing your videos I love those sunsets that you saw I wish we can have the time to watch those sunsets in the US thank you so much and God bless you!

  25. $:45 That sunset gave me tears in my eyes. So speechless !!! I miss those to see it every day in my Country El Salvador. It's sad to know you're the 4th vessel stop in the Golfo de Fonseca; lovely place that nobody wants to explore. Thank you for share your experiences with us.

  26. I am Canadian, but lived in Mexico for years. Travelled threw central. It is nice to see that you guys diverse yourselfs into such a beautiful place. At least it's your own slice of paradise 😉😁.

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