The Hobbies Cays

by Susan on April 6, 2012

April 1, 2012

We left Providencia at about 11:45 p.m. with Island Dreamin’ for our 194 (nautical) mile passage to the Hobbies Cays, a small cluster of cays off the NE coast of Honduras, where we planned to rest before continuing on to the Bay Islands.   Trumpeter decided to leave six hours earlier.  We were nervous about this passage because it required that we go past the Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua where there are reportedly present-day pirates of the Caribbean (which we are told are local fishermen posing as banditos when the right opportunity presents itself).  Michael had all kinds of plans to defend Calypso.

Michael Ready to Face the Pirates

It was another long passage but with no weather issues to speak of.  We made good time as we kept a watchful eye for other boats that could have been potential banditos but did not experience anything that caused alarm. We arrived in the Hobbies around 8:30 a.m. (on April 4) where Trumpeter was also waiting to go in to anchor.  They had arrived around midnight and were waiting for daylight to make sure they didn’t hit a reef.  We all went in together, got anchored and wondered why everyone talked so highly about this place.  The wind was blowing pretty hard so it was not a very comfortable anchorage due to the wind and swells and there was absolutely nothing there besides a small little island.  Actually, it was more like a large sandbar.  On it were stacked lobster traps and living quarters for two caretakers and their three dogs who live on the island for months at a time before they go back home for a break.

Hobbies Cay

Immediately upon our arrival, one of the caretakers Jose came to our boat and gave us 5 lobsters tails and two conchs.  What a welcome that was.  Knowing in advance that they like to trade, we came prepared giving him a small bottle of rum, canned meat and some chocolate bars in return.  He was a very happy camper.

We stayed there two days waiting for a weather window to head to the Bay Islands.  On our second day, we had a picnic on shore with other cruisers who were already there when we arrived.  The caretakers of the island joined us as well.

Gathering on Shore

Transport to Shore

Hobbies Cay

The Caretakers

The Caretaker's Dog Playing in the Water

Jose in Search of Fresh Drinking Water from the Cruisers

Jose

Luckily Calypso Had a Lot of Fresh Water to Spare Thanks to Our Spectra Watermaker

Sunset

Followed by a Moonlit Evening

While on shore, we could see how the place could grow on you.  In good weather, this is an ideal location for those who love to snorkel and fish.  Perhaps if we had more time, and the anchorage more comfortable, we might have gotten attached to the place.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle Oyama April 18, 2013 at 1:49 am

Love Michael’s get-up!!!
And I’m super jealous of the lobster feast. 🙂

mike April 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

Those last two photos are good enough to be posters. Some one would want to pay to buy those. Beautiful, especially the moonlight cruise one.

Did Michael dye his hair purple or is that my computer’s interpretation? Either way, he’d scare the pirates away.

Gary/Anna April 20, 2013 at 12:39 am

Hola maties…great job on the updates Susan! Sure missing our good times with you guys! And we missed out on the Bay Islands too..maybe some day huh? A ‘redo’ in the future to the Bay Islands? Ya never know..Much love to you guys..and **HUGS** too..:)

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