Jerelee: Reef Protector

Meet Jerelee Hynds, Reef Protector.  Born and raised in Gravel Bay, Roatán, Jerelee is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.  I recently caught up with Jerelee to ask about his passion for the reef, and the part he plays in protecting it.  We met in[Read More]

Looking Back and to the Future

In our 11 years in Roatán, we have seen conditions change rapidly.   A population explosion has created a higher cost of living and housing shortage, an underfunded education system, and incredible decay of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The Abundant Life Foundation is responding to these changes with our Three[Read More]

Melissa Sehlhorst – My ‘Why Roatán’

How/when did you first hear about Roatán? More than 20 years ago, I added an article about turtle hatching in the Bay Islands to my “must experience this in my lifetime” file.  I’ve been fortunate to have traveled to places not yet overrun with tourists, and the Bay Islands seemed[Read More]

Natelee Forbes – My ‘Why Roatán’

What was it like to grow up on the island? The island provided a safe haven, a paradise to frolic and play. I had an interesting childhood; I spent most of my time in or around churches. Reading was my roadmap to the world and the elders I visited with[Read More]

David Dachner – My ‘Why Roatán’

What makes you so passionate about helping the people of Roatán? My connection to the people of the Caribbean began in the early 1980s when I would regularly visit family in St. Thomas. I enjoyed exploring the island and loved the laid-back pace, but I began to notice a common[Read More]

10 Ways to Protect the Reef

Read more to learn how you can protect the beauty of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef that surrounds Roatán.

A Living Kaleidoscope

Jacques Cousteau described coral reefs as “a living kaleidoscope of lilac flecks, splashes of gold, reddish streaks, and yellows, all tinged by the familiar transparent blue of the sea.” Dazzling arrays of over 60 types of hard corals create the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The reef spans over 600 miles along[Read More]