Diving Overview for Honduras
Honduras, with its Caribbean coastline, has beautiful sunshine, crystal-clear waters and miles of wildlife refuges to explore both on land and under the sea.
Most divers head for the Bay Islands (Islas de las Bahia) off the northern coast of Honduras. These seven main islands and many small cayes are part of the world’s second largest living reef abundant with bright corals, tropical fish and pelagic visitors. The two most visited islands are Utila and Roatan.
Utila Island is a tropical paradise and absolute utopia for divers with over 90 sites to choose from and hundreds of pristine white sandy beaches and bays. The north side is comprised of sheer walls dropping down over 1000 metres whereas the south side consists of shallow fringing reefs all teeming with marine life. Expect to see turtles, seahorses, jacks, reef sharks, eagle rays, large eyed toad fish, over 350 species of reef fish and whale sharks.
Roatan Island has some amazing topography, dive the Spooky Channel, created by an old river valley this steep-walled channel opens up Cathedral-like into the surrounding reef with bright corals and fish all around. There are several wrecks including the 140ft ‘Prince Albert’ tanker and the 210ft ‘El Aquila’ cargo ship which are ideal for penetrations and miles of unexplored reef and coral gardens to discover.
Whale sharks are protected in Honduras and regularly pass by the Bay Islands on their migratory route making them a common visitor to divers and snorkelers.
The Bay islands are well preserved and dive sites remain uncrowded as no more than one boat is permitted to tie up at any buoyed dive site at any time. Visibility is usually excellent (over 30m) but can dip slightly during rainy season (September – January). Water temperatures average 27°C all year round, dropping only 1-2°C during mid-winter (January – February). The Bay Islands are a popular place for diver training and certification courses as well as tech diving opportunities.
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