White sands that look like a hallucination are lapped by equally astounding blue water. The phenomenally beautiful Cayos Cochinos (Hog Islands), just 17km from the mainland, can easily be visited as a day trip from the La Ceiba region and are one of the most beautiful places in all of Honduras. Access is by motorized canoe from Nueva Armenia or Sambo Creek, east of La Ceiba.
The two Hog Islands, the 13 tiny coral cays and the seas around them comprise a marine reserve – it's illegal to anchor on the reef, and commercial fishing is prohibited. Consequently, the reefs are pristine and the fish abundant. Diving and snorkeling are excellent around the islands, with black coral reefs, wall diving, cave diving, seamounts and a plane wreck. The islands are also known for their unique pink boa constrictors and the strength of the local Garifuna culture.