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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #75 on: July 07, 2017, 01:15:46 PM »
1. Roatan, wow. If not for the private island I would not see the draw.

I forgot to respond to this bit.

If I you're not going in whale shark season, or to get PADI certified (which I plan on doing one day there), I don't know if I would recommend Roatan, if for no reason other than there may be some better options (places with different types of non-water activities, for example).

At the end of the day I didn't go to Roatan because I was "drawn to it". I went because it was a convenient place to stay the night.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #76 on: July 07, 2017, 01:18:17 PM »
Honestly I don't think this would be very interesting if you weren't married. The point of this is the solitude, the relaxation, the spending quality time with each other and no one else.

Being far closer and cheaper that MLE and BOB is indeed a huge plus. Of course they aren't the same thing, but definitely the same "genre".
Exactly my thoughts. Although at this price, I can see a group of guys getting little cay for a shabbos.

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #77 on: July 07, 2017, 01:18:29 PM »
1. Roatan is split into two parts, the touristy part and the third-world country part. No reason for a tourist to venture into the other half of the island, and as such he will be as safe as in any other Caribbean destination. And you are wrong about the snorkeling, Roatan's waters are in infinitely better shape than Belize and Cozumel et al due to having a tiny fraction of the tourists. Roatan (and Utila) is also the best place in the world to swim with whale sharks in season; no where else are they as predictable and numerous.

Roatan is also the cheapest place int he world to get PADI certified; it could be done for around #400 including room and board. Beat that.

2. Service vs. privacy is a never-ending debate. I would stay in an airbnb over a fancy hotel any day of the week, so I clearly value privacy more. If you insist on room service a private island shouldn't even be on your radar so that's a moot point.
I can argue but that's not my point. I was bringing out awareness which was done. sorry if I ruffled your feathers.
The island's owners are at your beck and call and will deliver anything you need by boat within an hour or so.
ok thats a game changer.
2. Can't compare sitting on a quiet beach for a few hours to having your own island day after day after day. It's just two completely different things. Mind you you don't even need an island for what you did, we've had "private beaches" in Hawaii multiple times.
I don't think the sleeping on a private island is the thought but rather the part that your awake Walking the island and knowing your the only 2 on the whole whole island (600 feet Diameter?)
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #78 on: July 07, 2017, 01:21:01 PM »


I don't think the sleeping on a private island is the thought but rather the part that your awake Walking the island and knowing your the only 2 on the whole whole island (600 feet Diameter?)

It's about waking up on the island. And spending a day somewhere often is nothing like spending the nights, especially with these types of destinations

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #79 on: July 07, 2017, 01:22:30 PM »
I guess we know where your next trip is heading to.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #80 on: July 07, 2017, 01:25:04 PM »
I guess we know where your next trip is heading to.
Nope, next trip was planned before he posted this, but this will most likely be after that.

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #81 on: July 07, 2017, 01:25:33 PM »
I can argue but that's not my point. I was bringing out awareness which was done. sorry if I ruffled your feathers.

Heh. If you think this is ruffled ...

ok thats a game changer.

...for those who are more service-minded. All I was worried about while booking was a real emergency - a broken bone or something like that. As soon as I learned that the owners are reachable and available I was happy.

I don't think the sleeping on a private island is the thought but rather the part that your awake Walking the island and knowing your the only 2 on the whole whole island (600 feet Diameter?)

Well then you missed the entire point...
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #82 on: July 07, 2017, 01:26:47 PM »
Well then you missed the entire point...
Well for me I'm fine with that....
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #83 on: July 07, 2017, 01:29:19 PM »
Well for me I'm fine with that....
It seems, we have very different things that appeal to us (like everyone) and I can respect that. I'll relish over your TRs at 5 star hotels, and SFs Island adventures, and enjoy them both while doing my own thing.

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #84 on: July 07, 2017, 01:33:48 PM »
It seems, we have very different things that appeal to us (like everyone) and I can respect that. I'll relish over your TRs at 5 star hotels, and SFs Island adventures, and enjoy them both while doing my own thing.

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #85 on: July 07, 2017, 01:41:55 PM »
Agreed. I was only trying to bring out some awareness that this is really private and what that really means.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #86 on: July 07, 2017, 01:45:47 PM »
Agreed. I was only trying to bring out some awareness that this is really private and what that really means.
Well thank you for that I'm still in for one.

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #87 on: July 07, 2017, 01:46:27 PM »
Well thank you for that I'm still in for one.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #89 on: July 08, 2017, 05:13:19 PM »
Roatan (and Utila) is also the best place in the world to swim with whale sharks in season; no where else are they as predictable and numerous.
Better than Donsol?