The outstanding reef systems draw divers from all over the world, and the islands have become a veritable hive of dive activity.
Part of the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the islands of Roatan and Utila in particular feature vibrant coral, multi colored tropical fish, sponges as big as refrigerators and pelagic species. You might see manta rays, sea turtles and, especially from mid-February to April, whale sharks. The reefs here are more diverse than rainforests.
The island of Roatan is a site of pilgrimage for divers who visit Central America. Mary’s Place is widely renowned as a favorite dive site of the area, with narrow canyons and abundant wildlife. Black coral and massive waving sea fans hide in the endless crevasses.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Flying into Honduras is fairly easy. The largest airport in the country is Ramon Villeda Morales Airport in San Pedro Sula. A few international flights arrive at Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport on Roatan, but most flights pass through mainland Honduras or other countries in Central America before connecting to Roatan or Utila.
Traveling in and around the country is inexpensive, as well, especially if you choose to ride on the local transport. You can get to the islands from the mainland by ferry.