Guanaja – Honduras February 27th-March 9th 2019

Overview

Dates of trip

February 27th to March 9th (10 nights) 2019


Getting to Guanaja

Please fly from any European destination to New York with: Alitalia , Norwegian, Air Italy , Lufthansa , Iberia , British airways , Brussels Airlines , Swissair , United Airlines , TAP Air Portugal , Air Canada , KLM , Air France . From New York you continue via San Salvador or via Houston with Avianca or United . Departure is scheduled February 26th with arrival February 27th without stop over. It will be possible to plan a stopover in New York and you may decide to anticipate your flight to an earlier date. The internal flight from Roatan to Guanaja (72 km distance) will be organized with a local airline by Clearwater Paradise (the resort where we will be staying).


Accommodation

Clearwater Paradise Resort is a boutique hotel that can accommodate up to 16 guests. You will stay in twin/double bedrooms in full board (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner). All the 8 rooms have an ocean view. Six of the rooms are doubles, some with a queen bed and some with two twin beds (they can arrange the bed sizes to meet the needs of the guests). Two rooms are two-room suites with a sitting room with a futon that turns into a queen bed, a bedroom with a queen bed, and a bathroom accessible through the bedroom. All beds have pillow top mattresses and 600 thread count or better sheets. Rooms and baths are spacious, about 300 square feet, including the large, walk-in showers.  All rooms, including the sitting rooms and baths, have ceiling fans, are air conditioned, and have armoires and desks. Bathrooms have plenty of hot water.


Food
Breakfast and dinner will be served at Clearwater Paradise . Lunches will be a selection of sandwiches fruit and snacks. Clearwater Paradise is specialized in whole fish! They offer a wide variety of cuisine and try to accommodate all special dietary needs and requests. All vegetables come either out of their garden or fresh from the mainland every week. Beef comes from the grass fed cattle next door, and fish and seafood come from the local fishermen who bring all fish straight from their cayucos (small boat ) to the cleaning table in the backyard. That’s fresh!
Most of the meals and gatherings take place on the dining deck. But, if Mother Nature is uncooperative or more space is needed, they will be served into the Restaurant/Bar.
The Restaurant can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements on booking.


Equipment/Clothes

On top of your normal clothes you should bring with you: a waterproof jacket, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat and sunglasses, shorts, flip flops, lots of sunscreen, and, of course, swimsuits. You will also need bug spray (we recommend Deep Woods Off), and lightweight long pants and long sleeved shirts and hiking shoes if you decide to take any of the hiking excursions available. On the island there is one bank and one ATM cash machines. Even if the local currency is the Honduran Lempira (20 L to 1 $) nearly all the businesses accept dollars.


Average temperatures and conditions

February - March air temperature between 28°C and 30°C; Sea temperature between: 26°C and 28°C.
Sea conditions will vary according to the weather and currents. This all adds to the experience of being in open water.


Fees

€ 2830 + €30 (club membership)
minimum number of participants required: 7
Flights: € 1000 return (average price departing February 26th and returning March 9th).


What's included

10 nights full board accommodation (breakfast - packed lunch - dinner) in double/twin bedrooms at Clearwater Paradise ; Fully guided tour on the expedition (local guide); daily boat assistance (9 days); airport transfer (Guanaja airport return to Clearwater Paradise); internal return flight from Roatan to Guanaja; 2 Swimtrekking instructors; all taxes; Swimtrekking t-shirt and swim hat; Swimtrekking equipment (mask snorkel - fins - wetsuits - barkini); Swimtrekking insurance (only for swimming activities).


What's not included

Flight and travel cost to and from the start of the expedition; other Insurance; tips; bank transfer commissions; drinks


 

Guanaja – Honduras February 27th-March 9th 2019

Discover Guanaja the Green island of the Bay Islands in Honduras, Central America discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502 . An incredible swim adventure in one of the most remote and beautiful destinations in the Caribbeans. We will be exploring the sublime scenery of green islands, white-sand beaches, beautiful coral reefs, turquoise waters of Guanaja in Honduras.

Equipment

Swimtrekking involves the use of specifically designed equipment. One swimmer out of two will tow a light weight, water tight barkino during coastal swims. This is attached to the swimmer by a harness worn around the waist. Barkinos allow swimmers to carry drinking water, aqua shoes, lunch, spare equipment and anything else you will find useful for the days adventure as well as being a visible piece of safety equipment. In addition to this Swimtrekking will provide all guests with a mask and snorkel, wetsuit and fins. These items allow you to freely explore your underwater environment whilst giving you the personal protection required. Guests are free to bring along their own equipment. The use of the equipment is not compulsory but highly recommended. You can decide to swim without it after our first day Presentation – briefing. 

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About Guanaja

is one of the Bay Islands of Honduras and is in the Caribbean. It is about 70 kilometres (43 mi) off the north coast of Honduras, and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the island of Roatan. One of the cays off Guanaja, also called Guanaja or Bonacca or Low Cay (or just simply, The Cay), is near the main island, and contains most of the approximately 10,000 people who live in Guanaja. The densely populated cay has been described as the Venice of Honduras because of the waterways that run through it. The other two main settlements on Guanaja are Mangrove Bight and Savannah Bight. Smaller settlements include East End and North East Bight. The primary source of income for the islanders is fishing and shrimping. Tourism is confined to a handful of small resorts that cater to divers, snorkelers and adventure travellers. The island’s warm, clear waters support an extensive coral reef that is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and second only to the Great Barrier Reef off the coasts of Australia. Currently, there is still access to fresh water on Guanaja and a beautiful nature hike is also available to the waterfall located on the north side of the island.
Guanaja was discovered by Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage in 1502. Notably, this was the first time he came across cacao, which is the core of chocolate. He landed on Soldado Beach on the north side of the island. In later years Cayman Islanders settled in the Bay Islands, which explains the diffusion of Spanish and English language.
Transportation is sparse, and as of 2006, there were only three cars on the island, but by the end of 2011, there were roughly 40. While there is only one road, from Mangrove Bight to Savannah Bight, the most common means of transportation are boats. A channel locally known as “The Canal” allows access from the south to the north side of the island without having to go all the way around. Guanaja is served by the Guanaja Airport (GJA).
It is highly recommended that you hike to the top of the island, where you can clearly see the coast line (on a clear day) as well as getting the full perspective of the entire island and surrounding reef.

Dates of trip

February 27th to March 9th (10 nights) 2019

About the trip

Start point: Clearwater Paradise , Guanaja.
Start time: February 27th @ 2 pm meet your instructors at Clearwater Paradise (depending on flight arrivals).
Finish point: Clearwater Paradise , Guanaja.
Finish time: March 9th @ 8.00 pm early breakfast and check out from Clearwater Paradise .

Swimtrekking program Guanaja

Day 1 (February 26th)

Departure from Rome (Fiumicino) February 26th with Alitalia , Norwegian, Air Italy , Lufthansa , Iberia , British airways , Brussels Airlines , Swissair , United Airlines , TAP Air Portugal , Air Canada , KLM , Air France , to New York. February 27th from New York via San Salvador to Roatan with Avianca or via Houston with United Airlines. Finally internal flight from Roatan to Guanaja. It will be possible to plan a stopover in New York and you may decide to anticipate your flight to an earlier date. The internal flight from Roatan to Guanaja (72 km distance) will be organized with a local airline by Clearwater Paradise (the resort where we will be staying). 

Day 2 (February 27th)

*Airport Pick-up in Guanaja– meet our local guide with a Swimtrekking sign.
*Transfer to Clearwater Paradise .
*Check in at Clearwater Paradise .
*Lunch at Clearwater Paradise restaurant (if flights will be on time)
*In the afternoon trip presentation and briefing. First swim from the beach in Clearwater Paradise .
*In the evening dinner at Clearwater Paradise restaurant.

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Days 3-11 (February 28th-March 8th)

Swimtrekking daily schedule

*7.00 Breakfast
*8.00 Boat transfer to the start of the first swim (around Guanaja coastline)
*9.00 Get ready for you swim and enjoy the clear water of Guanaja (2/3 hours of Swimtrekking)
*12.00 Lunch break and relax on the white sandy beaches of Guanaja
*2.00 pm Afternoon exploration of the marine life of Guanaja (2/3 hours of Swimtrekking)
*4.00 pm Boat return to Clearwater Paradise . End of the daily activities
*7.30 pm Dinner at Clearwater Paradise

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Day 12 (March 9th)

Departure day

*7.00 Breakfast
*8.00 Check out and transfer to Guanaja airport for your internal flight to Roatan
*11.00 Arrival in Roatan. Wait for your international flight connection

Getting to Guanaja

Please fly from any European destination to New York with: Alitalia , Norwegian, Air Italy , Lufthansa , Iberia , British airways , Brussels Airlines , Swissair , United Airlines , TAP Air Portugal , Air Canada , KLM , Air France . From New York you continue via San Salvador or via Houston with Avianca or United . Departure is scheduled February 26th with arrival February 27th without stop over. It will be possible to plan a stopover in New York and you may decide to anticipate your flight to an earlier date. The internal flight from Roatan to Guanaja (72 km distance) will be organized with a local airline by Clearwater Paradise (the resort where we will be staying).

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Accommodation

Clearwater Paradise Resort is a boutique hotel that can accommodate up to 16 guests. You will stay in twin/double bedrooms in full board (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner). All the 8 rooms have an ocean view. Six of the rooms are doubles, some with a queen bed and some with two twin beds (they can arrange the bed sizes to meet the needs of the guests). Two rooms are two-room suites with a sitting room with a futon that turns into a queen bed, a bedroom with a queen bed, and a bathroom accessible through the bedroom. All beds have pillow top mattresses and 600 thread count or better sheets. Rooms and baths are spacious, about 300 square feet, including the large, walk-in showers.  All rooms, including the sitting rooms and baths, have ceiling fans, are air conditioned, and have armoires and desks. Bathrooms have plenty of hot water.LR_New_About_Us_Resort

Food

Breakfast and dinner will be served at Clearwater Paradise . Lunches will be a selection of sandwiches fruit and snacks. Clearwater Paradise is specialized in whole fish! They offer a wide variety of cuisine and try to accommodate all special dietary needs and requests. All vegetables come either out of their garden or fresh from the mainland every week. Beef comes from the grass fed cattle next door, and fish and seafood come from the local fishermen who bring all fish straight from their cayucos (small boat ) to the cleaning table in the backyard. That’s fresh!
Most of the meals and gatherings take place on the dining deck. But, if Mother Nature is uncooperative or more space is needed, they will be served into the Restaurant/Bar.
The Restaurant can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements on booking.

Temperatures and conditions

February – March air temperature between 28°C and 30°C; Sea temperature between: 26°C and 28°C.
Sea conditions will vary according to the weather and currents. This all adds to the experience of being in open water.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What to bring

On top of your normal clothes you should bring with you: a waterproof jacket, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat and sunglasses, shorts, flip flops, lots of sunscreen, and, of course, swimsuits. You will also need bug spray (we recommend Deep Woods Off), and lightweight long pants and long sleeved shirts and hiking shoes if you decide to take any of the hiking excursions available. On the island there is one bank and one ATM cash machines. Even if the local currency is the Honduran Lempira (20 L to 1 $) nearly all the businesses accept dollars.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Point of interest

Getting around

Getting around Guanaja Island is strictly a marine deal. There are no roads to speak about, the main community, Bonacca, is on a key, which means you will need a boat to travel to the island. The airport is also on the main island, so once you land you need a boat to go to Bonacca or to go to your resort! Guanaja Island has a manmade canal that crosses the island, allowing easier access between the North and South sides of the island. The airport is actually parallel to the canal, and offers easy access to both sides of the island. As a general rule, the nicest beaches in the island are on the north side of the island. There are three main communities in Guanaja: Bonacca which is the municipal seat, Savannah Bight and Mangrove Bight. These last two are on the eastern end of the island, on opposite sides. Savanah Bight is on the South side and Mangrove Bight is on the North side of the island. The only road on the island interconnects these two communities, which are on opposite sides of the island. The road is a whopping 2 miles long!

Beaches

If you are looking for a place to get away from the world, a place where streets and cars have not yet succeeded in penetrating the pristine wilderness, then I’d suggest the beautiful beaches of the island of Guanaja. This island is sought after by the rich and influential: celebrities, movie stars, musicians and corporate bigwigs, all of whom come here to relax amid the beautiful sun, coral reefs, and white sand beaches.

Coral Reefs 

About 90% of the island has been declared a national forest reserve and marine park. Guanaja’s fringing reef (a protected marine reserve) encircles the 18km-long island and its 15 or so cays. It’s this reef – and the ships it has sunk – that makes Guanaja an ideal spot for diving and snorkeling. Top dive sites include pinnacles, vertical walls, lava tunnels and wrecks.  Dive sites ring the island, meaning finding a location to dive in the lee of the wind is nearly always possible.  In addition to the sites surrounding mainland Guanaja, there are also sites, particularly in the south, off several of a dozen or so cays that are part of Guanaja.

Guanaja and the rest of the Bay Islands are part of the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Honduras islands offer access to some of the best diving in the world.

Bonacca

is a densliy populated key located off the cost of Guanaja, the second largest of the Bay Islands. There are three large islands comprising the Bay Islands. The second largest of these is Guanaja. And Guanaja has a smaller cay, which is also called Guanaja, or Bonacca, or Low Cay. Locals simply refer to it as “the cay”. Bonacca is close to the main island and it is home to some 10,000 people, a large part of the total residences of Guanaja. This is just a dirty maze of stilt houses and pathways on a small island, and most travelers end up staying at all-inclusive dive resorts on the mainland.

Important informations

Approximately daily swimming distance: 5 – 7 kilometers.
Program will be supervised by qualified Swimtrekking Instructors/Guides.
Swimtrekking Instructors/Guides will be responsible for all the camp organization and logistics.
Timing and itineraries can be modified according to the sea and weather conditions and may be cancelled.relax-gallery-thumb-2