I was stuck on the island of Utila, off Honduras’ Caribbean coast. It’s not the worst place in the world to be stuck. It’s a beautiful island made famous by affordable SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and the opportunity to swim with dolphins and whale sharks.
Unfortunately, Utila was being battered by the same weather front hitting USA’s eastern coast in mid-April. Heavy rains and wind rocked the island, making the waters unpassable by ferry. My original plan was to take the ferry to Roatan, a larger neighboring island with an international airport, spend the night there, and then fly out the next day connecting in San Salvador and then on to Nicaragua.
The ferry was canceled two days in a row and I needed to get off the island. The fees associated with changing my ticket and various hotel stays in Nicaragua were punitive and I needed to find another way to get off Utila.
I heard you could charter a private plane to fly you from Utila to Roatan. I put out a few feelers, but the prices were prohibitive. I was desperate, but still on a budget.
That is when I met Janine Jackson of Morgan’s Travel. Janine is a wonderful human being who I owe a lot to for working so hard to find other passengers to split the cost of the private charter plane. She worked hard and found two other passengers, and gave us a fair price of $117 per passenger for three people. That was an incredible deal and below what the other charters were asking. Thank you, Janine!
Janine hanging out in the charter plane, a Cessna 207, before we departed.
Janine organized the flight with Bay Islands Air Charters. I was greeted by Troy Bodden and the pilot, Juan Carlos Lagos.
Troy Bodden, on the right, and the pilot, Juan, on the left.
Both were very friendly and allowed me to sit up front in the cockpit for the trip so I was able to film it for my upcoming Honduras video.
We were flying in a Cessna 207 and took off during a break in the weather. The flight was smooth and the pilot Juan was capable and professional. We arrived in Roatan on time and I was able to catch my flight to Nicaragua without difficulty.
I would highly recommend Morgan’s Travel for anything you need while on Utila. You may reach Janine by phone or WhatsApp at +504-9626-8551. Morgan’s Travel is also on Facebook or you can stop by their office next to the ferry terminal.
Bay Islands Air Charters may be reached at +504-9614-5713 and on Facebook.
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