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Less fish for beach snorkling in winter than in summer?

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Less fish for beach snorkling in winter than in summer?

Does anyone know if the fish are less in winter months than in summer months for beach snorkeling?

I went there 15 yrs ago in summer, and was completely awed by how many little creatures one could see above the very shallow, and beautiful, corals.

I have time in Jan 2013, want to go back and experience that again. But I worry that I'd be disappointed if it's known there'll be less fish in winter time.

Experienced travelers, please help.

Edited: 14 September 2012, 07:56
11. Re: Less fish for beach snorkling in winter than in summer?

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12. Re: Less fish for beach snorkling in winter than in summer?

Oh my goodness - the fish are still plenty (I understand that the pictures were shot only when there were fish in the view), and corals are still pretty!

I didn’t have an underwater camera case back then (I might have tried to get one if I had had any idea where I was going and what I was going to see – I just planned to relax on a cruise ship, “randomly” chose the excursions onboard - totally by luck!). One reason I wanted to find this place again is to prove to myself I wasn’t dreaming. These pictures, matching my memories pretty well, already proved that. Yeah!

Thank you so much for kindly sharing what you know and heard. Really appreciate all the info and advices!

Edited: 21 September 2012, 11:20
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13. Re: Less fish for beach snorkling in winter than in summer?

Oh my goodness - the fish are still plenty (I understand that the pictures were shot only when there were fish in the view), and corals are still pretty!

I didn’t have an underwater camera case back then (I might have tried to get one if I had had any idea where I was going and what I was going to see – I just planned to relax on a cruise ship, “randomly” chose the excursions onboard – totally by luck!). One reason I wanted to find this place again is to prove to myself I wasn’t dreaming. These pictures, matching my memories pretty well, already proved that. Yeah!

Thank you so much for kindly sharing what you know and heard. Really appreciate all the info and advices!

Edited: 21 September 2012, 11:50
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15. Re: Less fish for beach snorkling in winter than in summer?

ylyl ~ Believe me, one need not hunt down fish the reef between West Bay and West End is choca block full of them. I have seen more than one turtle out there and a thing that looked like a cross between a lobster and an armadillo, have no idea what it was... oh yeah and a herd of squid.

I would be very surprised if you were disappointed by the sea life and reef within the Roatan Marine Park.

Enjoy your visit!

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17. Re: Less fish for beach snorkling in winter than in summer?

There are many fish in most locations along the barrier reef all the way around the island... it would truly be a silly exercise to try to rank them in terms of fish populations. Rather, you will increase your chances of seeing more variety by snorkeling in several different locations.

When one is trying to CATCH fish, one technique is to allow your line to drag along behind a moving boat. The intent is to attract larger fish to go after a moving piece of bait.

The name "troll" is thus used for people who go on discussion sites like the TA travel forums and throw out comments intended to insult, incite, and otherwise attract attention and response -throwing out the bait and hoping for a bite.

The only reasonable response is to ignore trolls... please don't feed the trolls.

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18. Re: Less fish for beach snorkling in winter than in summer?

Saw your post and just had to reply. We have snorkeled in Cozumel, Kaui, Maui, Big Island, St. Croix, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Belize,and Tahiti.

The last 10 years, we have seen plenty of bleached coral, and a decline in reef life.

The best snorkeling was in Tahiti about 10 years ago. Before that we thought the best was Cozumel 30 years ago( before the hurricane took out the reef.) We were in Cozumel 8 years ago, and it's still not so good.

We just returned from West Bay last week, and were amazed that the reef there has not suffered as many places have. My husband said it was the best we've seen, and I think it rates second to Tahiti.

Now, that being said, a lot depends on the weather and water clarity. The water was crystal clear our entire visit. We really loved walking to the beach in front of IB, and swimming out to the reef. Twice in the late afternoon, we saw spotted eagle rays which we've never seen before.

All places we've snorkeled have their reasons for being good in some ways, but all around the snorkeling at West Bay was very, very good. You should really enjoy it!

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