I got to Roatan so excited to see the meso-american reef... My mom and I are avid snorkelers (if there is such a thing)... we love the freedom of the underwater sea life and couldn't wait to get out there. This was at the end of March and an unusually stormy spell cast over the Bay Islands for our first few days. I did my own "concierge" basically through trip advisor, forums, and word of of mouth. I heard about Barbara and her amazing Eco-Lodge, the kayaking through the mangroves and the amazing reef about 30 minutes out by kayak. This area BY FAR the most clarity, no people except the couple of people and our guide that were a part of Barbara's crew. We saw Sting Rays, lion fish, puffer fish, and hammer head sharks were even reported. The clarity of the reef was amazing, and the ease and kindness of the crew was insurmountable. My mom and I were not coming from a cruise, which most of the visitors are. But we were still picked up from our vacation villa in West Bay Beach and brought to Barbara's sanctuary. Upon return, I came down with a horrible cold, and our driver even went way out of his way to take us to a farmacia so I could get medicine. I told Barbara I would leave her an amazing review, and I feel this doesn't do it justice. If you are on Roatan to see marine life, visit Upachaya, Barbara will take care of you, and treat you like family. 10 stars if I could give it.
Oh, and Barbara feeds you as part of the fee. Fresh fruit, organic whole grains, and other yummy stuff she grows and makes right there.
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