Tongue-flicking snakes and pristine marine life of the Cayos Cochinos

Is there a better start into the new year than motor sailing 24 miles against wind and waves? Well, we didn’t think so either. After all, the upwind ride to the Cayos Cochinos turned out to be reasonably comfortable but we noticed that we badly need to scrub Porky‘s hull. We’ve been lazy in thatContinue reading “Tongue-flicking snakes and pristine marine life of the Cayos Cochinos”

New Year’s Eve and dreaming of whale sharks on Utila

We had an easy downwind sail from Roatan to Utila. The flat island was not visible until the last few miles and we kept scanning the horizon expecting to at least see Pumpkin Hill, the only elevation there is. We approached the barrier reef and spotted dive boats bobbing in the waves, patiently waiting forContinue reading “New Year’s Eve and dreaming of whale sharks on Utila”

Christmas in mangroves and Roatan’s buzzing West End

After spending a few weeks in French Harbour and watching algae and barnacles grow under Porky‘s belly, we decided it was time to move on. Fellow cruisers coming from Guatemala brought us the new part for our broken fridge, our dad successfully finished his scuba certification and nothing else was holding us back to leaveContinue reading “Christmas in mangroves and Roatan’s buzzing West End”

Arriving in Roatan, an unexpexted cruising gem

Often we are not sure what exactly awaits us at the next destination. Mostly we choose the next stop based on stories from other sailors and limited information online. In preparation, we at least research the entry requirements of the country, but for us a large part of this trip is to gain impartial impressions.Continue reading “Arriving in Roatan, an unexpexted cruising gem”

Fast passage from Panama to Honduras

On December 4th we set sail from Bocas del Toro, Panama, to Roatan, Honduras. Depending on weather conditions and ocean currents we expected the 860-nautical-miles-sail to take us between 8-9 days. Except of a close encounter with a fishing vessel off the Nicaraguan coast, we had a smooth 7-day passage. How where we so fast?Continue reading “Fast passage from Panama to Honduras”

The worst nightmare of every sailor: PIRACY!

What would you do if pirates approached your boat? Pirates are often associated with the romanticized image that many books, songs and movies create. Seldom do you think about the real piracy that happens in some parts of the world today. The people who approach your boat to rob, assault, or kidnap you, take yourContinue reading “The worst nightmare of every sailor: PIRACY!”

Red frogs, sloths and muddy feet in Bocas Del Toro

Bocas Del Toro is our last stop in Panama before we will sail north to Honduras. Compared to other places in Panama, Bocas town was a busy, colorful small town filled with international tourists and backpackers. It was a nice change to have unlimited options of supermarkets, bars and restaurants. The Bocas archipelago consists ofContinue reading “Red frogs, sloths and muddy feet in Bocas Del Toro”

Old ruins, a night with crocodiles and our worst sail ever

The last weeks we’ve been making our way further west along the Caribbean coast of Panama. Not only did we experience the worst sail without being prepared for what was coming at us, but we’ve learnt more about the local history in Portobelo, took Porky up a fresh water river and spent the night amongContinue reading “Old ruins, a night with crocodiles and our worst sail ever”

Meeting an indigenous people in Guna Yala

We spent the last two weeks in Guna Yala (previously known as San Blas islands) in the northeast of the isthmus of Panama. The region lived up to its reputation of being beautiful and remote. Many islands are postcard perfect with their white beaches, tall palm trees and a very out of the ordinary localContinue reading “Meeting an indigenous people in Guna Yala”

Thunderstorms on the way to Panama

After waiting for better weather conditions for another week in Bonaire we were keen to get going and decided to set sail to Panama. None of us have ever been in Central America before and we were excited to see something new. We said bye to our friends, enjoyed one last meal at a restaurantContinue reading “Thunderstorms on the way to Panama”