Sailing the Caribbean with Captain Rusty


Off the north coast of Honduras, are a group of Islands known as Cayos Cochinos.  Unspoiled and untouched, this small archipelago is a unique adventure.  There are no scheduled boats, so one must seek a vessel in order to experience the pristine reefs, land, and people.

Two islands, Cayo Menor and Cayo Grande, are small mountains rising from the sea.  Speckled around nearby in the surrounding crystal blue water,  are several smaller Cayes including the famous Chachahuate.  There are very few inhabitants on the islands.  There is a research station manned by  scientists and volunteers, the Plantation Beach Resort, a few private homes and the fisherman village of Chachahuate.   The villagers are Garifuna, friendly, and ready to  serve fried fish with rice and plantains—a typical meal of Honduras.

The research station is home to the Honduras Coral Reef Fund which oversees many projects including one supporting the East End Garifuna Community in their efforts to boost tourism to the islands.Caribbean Sailing

What is the best way to visit these remote islands?  Charter a sailboat.  Captain Rusty has been sailing the seas since he was a young man.  He grew up in the Bahamas and has never been too far from his Caribbean home.  His sailboat, Brazen, is his home and has been mooring in the Bay Islands for over a decade.  Although he charters to many places in the Bay Islands, his favorite place to take guests is Cayos Cochinos.  Remote and sparsely inhabited, what better place for a bed on a boat?  The captain supplies everything needed to enjoy a relaxing trip to this amazing group of islands.   Whether it is a 2 day trip or a week long adventure, to the Hog Islands, Captain Rusty is safe, knowledgeable, and entertaining.

Captain Rusty's BoatHe was highly recommended by everyone I asked before jumping aboard and I was not disappointed.  If you have the opportunity to sail with Captain Rusty to Cayos Cochinos and snorkel Honduras, take it!

P. S.  Be sure to try and glimpse the endemic pink boa!

 

 

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