10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations
Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in bet...
Places in Honduras
Roatán is the largest and most developed of the Bay Islands. Long and thin (50km long but only 2km to 4km wide), the island is a real diving and snorkeling mecca – virtually its entire coastline is fringed by an astonishingly diverse coral reef teeming with tropical fish. But there's much more to Roatán than its reef.
The Bay Islands
Spectacular diving and snorkeling draws visitors from around the world to the three Bay Islands (Islas de la Bahía) – Roatán, Utila and Guanaja – between 25 and 50km off the north coast of Honduras. Their reefs are part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world, and teem with fish, coral, sponges, rays, sea turtles and even whale sharks.
The heartland of Honduras, this mountainous, forested region encompasses a roll call of the nation's outstanding sights. The top attraction has to be the outstanding Maya ruins of Copán, closely followed by the timeless colonial charm of Gracias, gateway to a chain of exquisite traditional communities called the Ruta de Lenca.
The lush, tropical northern region of Honduras has seduced visitors for centuries with its natural wonders and easy Caribbean vibe. Between the beaches are mangrove swamps and jungle reserves – with manatees in Cuero y Salado and howler monkeys in idyllic Parque Nacional Jeannette Kawas – that scream out be explored.
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Tips and articles
Island-hopping down Central America’s Caribbean coast
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The best places to swim with whale sharks
Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences...
Honduras’ Bay Islands: a laid-back, uncrowded Caribbean paradise
Plenty of Caribbean islands have been labeled with the daydream-inducing word: paradise...
Honduran food for beginners
This is an excerpt from the Food & Drink chapter of Lonely Planet's guide to Honduras & the Bay Islands...