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Archive for the ‘Snorkeling’ Category

Mahogany Bay is the Complete Package! Isla Roatan, Honduras

Posted by E.G.D. on May 29, 2018

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The Private Carnival Cruise Port/Beach Playground of Mahogany Bay (Photo by E.G.D.)

Last week, to celebrate my younger sister’s doctoral graduation, the two of us and our parents (Jody and Greg) went on a very nice cruise.  In the first two ports of call, we had some very specific plans that involved shore excursions, which are basically paid day-trips to specific places.  The third port of call was Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras, and I am pleased to report that the port pretty much is the destination, and it is set up with everything a person needs for a fantastic day with no real need for any sort of paid extras.  They offer the paid extras, of course, but they’re really quite unnecessary if you happen to be a regular beach-goer who doesn’t mind short uphill walks.

First things first, the walk from the dock to the beach is short and scenic, and even if you have difficulty walking between things, the path is lined with chairs, benches, and hammocks that are free for anyone to use.  If you want to pay extra, you can take what amounts to a ski-lift down to the beach, but it seems a little silly unless you have difficulty walking or unless you really want to see the walkway from above.  Once you get to the beach, there are tons of beach chairs, and if you like, you can potentially pay for ones that have little canopies.  Again, the paid option seems a little silly, since there are seriously a whole lot of chairs, and you have your pick of sun or shade.

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Ample Seating at Mahogany Bay (Photo by Jody Diehl)

We went with shade, and we had a great view, as well as easy access to the beach and the snorkeling pier.

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Our Home Base at Mahogany Bay (Photo by E.G.D.)

Speaking of which, the beach and the snorkeling pier are delightful!  The facilities are abundant and clean (lots of showers and bathroom stalls), there is a life-guard manning the snorkeling pier, and the swimming area is clearly marked.

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The Lifeguard at the End of the Snorkeling Pier (Photo by Jody Diehl)

It’s really the complete package, even without extras!  If you bring your own snorkeling gear, the only place you might find yourself compelled to spend money is in the shops, which I have to admit are seriously awesome.  There’s a market that has stalls for local craftsmen, and we all found great, hand-made souvenirs, not to mention local, organic chocolate.

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The Snorkeling Pier at Mahogany Bay (Photo by Jody Diehl)

That being said, I would definitely recommend that if you find yourself in Mahogany Bay, you should leave the ship for the beach fairly early to claim your beach chairs and enjoy the day before the really roasting heat happens.  We went snorkeling three times, enjoyed the sandy beach, and took lots and lots of pictures well before the temperature spiked, and then we went back to the ship for lunch and a shower before we went back to do the above-mentioned souvenir shopping.

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Yes, the ships really are docked that close! (Photo by Jody Diehl)

Also, as you can see, by the time we left that first time, the beach was getting pretty crowded!  It’s a big enough beach with enough seating, though, that it wasn’t really a problem.

I suppose my point is that Mahogany Bay makes for a great day at the beach, and pretty much everything you need (or really, even want in our case) is included in the price of your cruise.  If you find yourself there someday, I strongly recommend that you check the place out and make your buying decisions after you see what is available to you at no extra charge.  It was a great way for us to kick off our summer beach season!

I hope your summer kick-off is equally beachy -E.G.D.

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Return of a Treasure Hunter!

Posted by E.G.D. on March 11, 2017

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Ken Muise, who last wrote us a post in 2015!  Congratulations on the beach-move, Ken, from all of the Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches treasure hunters (all of whom have moved to the beach since starting this website ^_^.  We totally get it!).

Finally…I Moved to that Beach! (Well, Near it…)

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Ken Muise, Our Featured Guest Writer

Hello to all the beach lovers once again!

Nearly 2 years ago I wrote a guest post here on BT&TB about how much I loved looking for sea shells on Makaha Beach on the west coast of Oahu.  Well, here it is:  I’m retiring from the military at the end of March and I am actually moving about 400 yards away from that beach!  It’s a condo/beach community called Makaha Surfside.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not rich.  I just happened to luck into a 500 sq ft condo that is everything that I ever wanted.  It’s a great deal.

So, in the last two years, what have I been doing on Oahu?

Going to the Beach- 

LOL.  Seriously, I think there are only a few beaches on the island that I haven’t been to.  If you’ve been to Oahu then you know that it’s kind of a feat!  Makaha is still one of my faves.

Visting the Beaches on the other Hawaiian Islands- 

I’ve been to beaches on Maui, Big Island, and Kauai at this point.  I’m here to tell you…it’s paradise!  One of my favorite spots in the state is the beach that is part of the Marriott Kauai Resort.  Man, it’s beautiful!

Still Snorkeling-

I have a couple different snorkel gear review sites online now and things are going really well.  One of my favorite moments of my life was when my girlfriend and I got into the water at Honaunau on the Big Island and within 90 seconds we were swimming, watching and filming an entire pod of dolphins.  It was awesome!  Especially since so many visitors pay an arm and a leg to “swim with dolphins” while there on vacation.  Check out my video…EPIC!

I really wanted to come back and say “thanks” to everyone at BT&TB for letting me guest post waaaay back in July of 2015.  Something the military taught was to never fail to show gratitude where it’s meant.  So, if you’re ever on Oahu…please hit me up and you’ll always have a couch to crash on…100 feet from the beach.

About the Author:  Ken Muise is an active-duty (almost retired) soldier stationed on Oahu.  He owns and runs a snorkel gear review site as well as a move to Hawaii blog.  When Ken isn’t working he is usually snorkeling or upset when he can’t go snorkeling.  Much to the chagrin of those around him, Ken calls himself a “world class snorkeler” and believes he does it better than most.

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I Don’t Always Snorkel but When I Do, I Look for Shells

Posted by Jody on July 3, 2015

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Ken Muise, an active-duty soldier stationed on the beautiful island of Oahu.

This is one of my favorite topics to talk about when it comes to going to the beach and, in particular, snorkeling.  I will never understand how people can get bored at the beach.  You can do so many things and there’s a great opportunity for some alone time, too.  You can read, tan, nap, build sand castles, dig holes, swim, sit in 6 inches of water and just…sit.

Makaha Beach Park, Photo Contributed by Ken Muse

Makaha Beach Park, Photo Contributed by Ken Muise

Personally, my favorite past time at the beach is snorkeling.  I can’t get enough of it.  To be honest, I don’t feel 100% complete when I’m in water anymore without a mask and snorkel.  My kids are some of those people who “get tired of the beach” after about an hour…an hour and a half at tops.  I don’t understand it.  “Take your mask and snorkel and go in the water and look around.” I tell them.  Depending on the beach we’re at, they usually come back with something like, “But there’s no coral here.  There won’t be anything to see.”

Nothing to see?!  OMG…it’s the ocean.  Anything you see below the surface is new and exciting.

Sea Urchin, Photo contributed by Ken Muse

Sea Urchin Photo contributed by Ken Muise

One of my favorite things to do when I’m at a beach with little coral is to hunt for sea shells.  My favorite spot to do this:  Makaha Beach, West Oahu.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  Makaha is known as the turtle cleaning station, but it requires about a 100 yard swim out to the sweet spot.  There is plenty to see out there; fish, coral and turtles. I don’t always want to do that, though.  Instead, right at the shoreline in about 3 to 4 feet of water, is a gentle break where all sorts of rock, coral, and sea shells gather.

Keep in mind, that during the winter months on Oahu, Makaha Beach Park is known for some good surfing and you shouldn’t snorkel anywhere where this a  large surf.  Always take notice of the beach and surf warning signs and gauge the situation against your abilities.

I have found a large piece of my sea shell collection while snorkeling in that gentle break at Makaha Beach Park.  Plenty of shiny, cowry shells and even sunrise seashell are the favorite pieces of discovery at Makaha.

Besides that, Makaha Beach Park is one of my favorite “sit down and chill” beaches on Oahu.  The space is wide open with hardly enough people to call a group, let alone a “crowd”.   I always find parking and there are restrooms and showers across the street.

Ken Muse, Our Featured Guest Writer

Ken Muise, Our Featured Guest Writer

About the Author:  Ken Muise is an active-duty soldier stationed on Oahu.  He owns and runs a snorkel gear review site as well as a move to Hawaii blog.  When Ken isn’t working he is usually snorkeling or upset when he can’t go snorkeling.  Much to the chagrin of those around him, Ken calls himself a “world class snorkeler” and believes he does it better than most.

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In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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