Explore the sheer walls, wrecks and offshore sea mounts of these sister islands.
The Bay Islands of Honduras have some of the most stunning underwater vistas in the world. Honduras’ barrier reef is alive with colorful corals and sponges as well as a tremendous variety of fish and invertebrates. Whether diving the 300-foot wreck of the Odyssey off Roatan or circling the underwater mountain at Utila, Honduras has something to offer everyone. One of the most exciting encounters in the Bay Islands is with the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark, which congregates around the banks north of Utila. Sightings of these gentle giants most frequently occur in March through May and August through October.
With more than 60 different scuba diving sites to visit along the barrier reef, including caves and numerous wrecks, liveaboard diving is your best bet to experience all three islands. Liveaboard dive boats depart from both Roatan and Utila, so it’s convenient for flights as well.
When to Go
Year-round, though June and July bring the most rain.
Visibility is normally in the 60- to 100-foot range, with occasional days of 120 feet or more. The water temperature stays between 78°F and 82°F most of the year.