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Honduras Bay Islands

Diving Map of Honduras Bay Islands. Roatan, Utila, Guanaja and cayos Cochinos.

Important information to know about the Bay Islands

The Honduras Bay Islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus when he landed in the island of Guanaja on his fourth voyage to America in 1502. The islands were later claimed by England, Spain, and Holland. England in 1643 took control and held onto the Islands as a Crown colony for more than 200 years. In 1860 the British crown recognized Honduran sovereignty and ceded possession of the islands. The Bay Islands or Las Islas de la Bahia became a department of Honduras in March of 1872.

The Honduras Bay Islands (Las Islas de la Bahia) are comprised of eight islands and more than 60 cays resting about 40 miles/64 km northeast of the north coast of Honduras. The three larger islands are: Roatan, Guanaja and Utila.

The islands are surrounded by a reef system called the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is part of the second largest reef system in the world and it is shared with Belize. At times the reef is only a short swim away from the shoreline. The reef is one of the most species rich waters in the Caribbean in terms of both coral and fish.

In November 2006 The National Congress of Honduras signed a law that declared the Bay Islands a Tax Free Zone. The Municipalities benefit through the collection of entry fees. Each visitor to The Islands now pays a fee to enter. The island also collects a dive fee that aids in conservation programs and medical help for divers.


Where to dive in Honduras Bay Islands

Roatan

Roatan is the largest of Bay Islands of Honduras. It is known for being one of the top dive places in the world by scuba divers and also an important cruise ship destination. Roatan is home to many well-established dive shops, restaurants and resorts. It is the only island of Honduras bay islands with an international airport with direct flights from the US and Europe.

Shallow reefs on both the North and South sides of the island provide plenty of opportunity for snorkelers and divers. The best-known dive sites are: Mary’s Place, the 40 Foot Point and the Coco View Wall. Mary’s Place is known for its corals and deep beautiful ocean floor.

If wrecks are your thing, El Aguila is one of Roatan’s best wrecks – 210-foot cargo boat sitting upright in 100 feet of water on a sandy bottom full of hard coral and garden eels. Also Prince Albert and Odyssey a 300 foot / 92 meters wreck with plenty of options for penetration.
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Utila

Utila has many dive sites to choose from. You can find dives that include caves and carved cuts.  The CJ’s Drop-off has a 1000 feet/305 meters wall drop with sea turtles that pass over. The famous Halliburton wreck is found near Utila town. Utila is famous for divers encountering the Whale Shark migrating through the island’s waters from March to April an August to September.

Guanaja

Guanaja is the least touristic of the Honduras Bay Islands trio. The primary source of income for the islanders is fishing. Tourism is confined to a handful of small resorts that cater to divers, snorkelers and adventure travelers. The island's warm, clear waters support an extensive coral reef. Currently, there is still access to fresh water on Guanaja, and several waterfalls can be seen.

Non-divers can hike between Mangrove Bight and Savannah Bight, Guanaja’s second-largest settlements. Or trek inland to behold sparkling waterfalls among the trees, 90 percent of Guanaja is a forested National Reserve. Travelers can also rent bikes or kayaks and explore the coast.

Other excursions besides diving in the Bay Islands

Visit the west end in Roatan during the day or at night. You will find dive shops, souvenir shops, bars, restaurants and hotels. Take a tour to The Mangrove Canal in Jonesville. In Sandy Bay you will find the Carambola Botanical Gardens with exotics butterflies and birds, and The Marine Institute and Dolphins. Iguana Farms can be found in Roatan and Utila.

Rent a Car a bike or go on hiking tours and explore all the hidden places and see the islands as they really are. Since there is not many paved highway on the islands, it isn't easy to get lost. You can also take a tour to explore the public desert island or cays.

Diving information for the Bay Islands

It is possible to dive all year round, but rainy season usually begins around October and lasts until December or January. August and March are the hottest months. Whale Shark can be seen from March to April an August to September. Water temperatures: 26-29ºC/78-85ºF.
Diving from the wall


Dive Centers/Dive Club information

Address information, phone number and email address.
Honduras Bay Islands
Dive Centers/Dive Club
Guanaja Scuba Diving Flag Scuba Diving Flag G&G's Clearwater Paradise ResortTel: + 504 9884 1593
Fax:
E-Mail: clearwaterparadise@gmail.com
Roatan Scuba Diving FlagDockside Dive CenterTel: +504 455 5505
Fax:
E-Mail: info@docksidedivecenter.com

Scuba Diving FlagCoconut Tree DiversTel: +504 403 8712
Fax:
E-Mail: coconuttreedivers@gmail.com.com

Scuba Diving FlagDoc's Dive ShopTel: +504 455 5322
Fax:
E-Mail: doc@globalnet.hn

Scuba Diving FlagMayan DiversTel: +504 961 70130
Fax:
E-Mail: info@mayandivers.com

Scuba Diving FlagOcean ConnectionsTel: +001 305 600 0571
Fax:
E-Mail: diving@ocean-connections.com

Scuba Diving FlagReef GlidersTel: +504 403 8243
Fax:
E-Mail: admin@reefgliders.com

Scuba Diving FlagRoatan Sea VenturesrTel: +504 956 78948
Fax:
E-Mail: roatanseaventures@yahoo.com.com

Scuba Diving FlagSubway WatersportsTel: +504 413 2230
Fax:
E-Mail: info@subwaywatersports.com

Scuba Diving FlagTobri Divers Tel: +504 3253 7373
Fax:
E-Mail: info@tobri-divers.com

Scuba Diving FlagTGI Diving Henry MorganTel:
Fax:
E-Mail: inforoatan@tgidiving.com

Scuba Diving FlagTyll's DiveTel: +504 969 80416
Fax:
E-Mail: info@tyllsdive.com
Utila Scuba Diving FlagAlton's Dive CenterTel: 504 425 3704
Fax:
E-Mail:info@diveinutila.com

Scuba Diving FlagBay Island College Of DivingTel: +504 2425 3291
Fax:
E-Mail: info@dive-utila.com

Scuba Diving FlagDeep Blue DiversTel: +504 425 3211
Fax:
E-Mail: info@deepblueutila.com

Scuba Diving FlagEcomarine Gunters's Dive ShopTel: +504 425 3350
Fax:
E-Mail: ecomarine@gmail.com

Scuba Diving FlagUtila Dive CentreTel: +504 2425 3326
Fax:
E-Mail: info@utiladivecenter.com

Scuba Diving FlagUtila WatersporsTel: +504 425 3264
Fax:
E-Mail: dive@utilawatersporst.com

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