Explore the Seascape!
The island of Roatan is located on the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, and is one of the top-rated dive spots in the Caribbean. With visibility averaging between 80–150 feet (24 to 45 meters) and water temperatures in the low to mid 80’s (26 - 29 celsius), the calm, clear waters are full of spires and towers of star, starlet, and lettuce corals, and the best selection of sponges found anywhere in the Caribbean.
The reef’s coral wall extends almost from the surface to a depth of 115-165 feet (35-50 meters). You'll be delighted with the seascape of overhangs, canyons, fissures, and maze of tunnels along the walls of continuous reef. The excellent underwater visibility gives way to a myriad of invertebrate and fish species at multiple depths.
There is something for all levels of divers, from shallow dives, drop-offs, caverns, swim-throughs and wrecks. If you are traveling with non-divers, many of the operators offer guided snorkeling on the same trip, allowing all members of your group or family to enjoy the beautiful underwater vistas at the same time.
Plenty of Activities to Chose From!
Roatan’s West Bay Beach was named in the top 25 beaches of the world by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2015, so if you are looking for sun, sand, and vitamin sea, the island has you covered. There are several spots where snorkeling is accessible from the shore, or an easy boat ride away. You can even snorkel a shallow wreck near Pristine Bay or coral gardens at Cast Away Cove.
Enjoy the turquoise waters through kayaking, a charter fishing trip, or glass-bottom boat tour. The island's inland attractions include horseback riding, canopy tour, zip lines, iguana reserves, mangrove tours and much more!
With its colorful history of pirates and indigenous Mayan culture, the Roatan of today offers a wonderful fusion of past and present. Of all the treasures that have been lost here, there are many more still to be found.
Roatan is 30 miles (50 km) off the coast of Honduras
The island is 35 x 4 miles (60 x 8 km)
It is part of the Bay Islands or Islas de la Bahia. Other Islands include Utilia and Guanaja
It is located on the MesoAmerican or Great Mayan Reef, the 2nd largest reef in the world
The island rests on an exposed ancient coral reef, rising to about 890 ft (270 metres) above sea level.
Roatan's history is rich, spanning from the days of Indian inhabitants, piracy and looting, and a fight over which nation owned the island.
You'll find English widely spoken here, as well as Spanish and Creole