Divers head to the Bay Islands off Honduras to experience encounters with whale sharks, dive at the world’s second largest barrier reef and spend quiet time on idyllic beaches.
At Roatán, explore dramatic drop-offs, sloping reefs, and boulder formations. wrecks and a sheer vertical fissure cut deep into the barrier reef. Útila is famous for its whale shark sightings that often happen at the west end of the island. The best time for reliable whale shark sightings is during March to May and August to October.
Access Cayos Chocinos from either Roatán or Útila to see its pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life, but do be wary of strong currents. Guanaja is the least developed of the three islands and the least visited so diving here is a very personal experience.
Dive sites here feature a series of pinnacles, vertical walls, lava tunnels and shipwrecks. Guanaja is located right at the edge of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System and this attracts pelagic marine life to the area.