Visiting Honduras can transform your trip into an exotic adventure in Roatan. Considered the largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is stretching over 30 miles from the northern coast of the mainland of Honduras.
Being famous for its scuba diving activities, Roatan attracts people from all around the world passionate about snorkeling. You can discover the reef in the area and the amazing tropical fish. If you like diving, you will be charmed by the night diving, the submerged airplane, the sea walls and the shipwrecks. If you prefer to stay on the boat, you still have the chance to observe from the distance whales, sea turtles and dolphins swimming around.
Your adventure will continue with the exploration of the tropical island. Here you can enjoy the beautiful colors of the parrots, play with monkeys and observe the behavior of iguanas. In French Harbor, local people established an iguana farm to provide shelter to more than thousands of iguanas. The refuge is open for public visits.
A great phenomenon to witness is the blue crabs migration from the sea to the shore. During season, they are coming out of the water to climb the tree and eat fruits.
Roatan has a very mild weather year round. The temperature of the sea it is always great for swimming. Sometimes, during rainy season, swimming is not allowed because of the stormy weather and giant waves.
You are charmed on the spot by the natural beauty of the white sand beaches, the turquoise waters and the thick green forests.
It is an interesting fact that Roatan it is not a much known touristic destination, but I am sure you will add this place on your bucket list after you will read this.
It seems like in Roatan it is the second largest coral reef in the world. The island is visited by groups of tourists flying with charters every week from Italy and Canada; they come here to explore the marine fauna and flora and to enjoy a good swim in the Caribbean blue waters.
Once you start diving, you will find the reef at 20 to 40 feet with amazing drop offs up to 100 feet. The canyons and the variety of sponges and coral are going to make you believe you are in a different world. Diving is a favorite activity for many tourists and local people because of the therapeutic effect it has on them. Under the sea, you feel much calmer, your breathing regulates and the peaceful atmosphere around you gives you the impression of time standing still.
If you never dived in your life before, you don’t have to worry. You can take a few lessons and actually get certified by the best instructors in the area. You can take lessons provided by Subway Watersports in Roatan. They teach you how to dive first in the pool of your hotel, and then you will try the shallow and deep waters of the reef. The instructors are speaking English and they concentrate their full attention on you.
If being out there in the ocean it is too much for you, you still have the choice to go snorkeling on the reef. Being in the water, you will be surrounded by plenty of fish and this will give you the feeling you are in an exotic aquarium.
If you like these kinds of encounters, then visit Anthony’s Key Resort where you will be able to swim, dive or snorkel with specially trained dolphins. They are very gentle animals and they will play with you, let you be around them and touch them while they will give you a kiss on your cheeks.
If you like outdoors a lot stick with the East side of the island, if you are more into culture, souvenirs and the night life in Roatan choose the West side.
For divers, a great accommodation is the Turquoise Bay Dive and Beach Resort. This resort has 26 elegant rooms with free internet access. You will find here a swimming pool, a restaurant and even a bar. If you like all inclusive packages, you will enjoy the buffet meals with plenty of fresh caught fish dishes carefully prepared with excellent local condiments.
The resort’s beach is a private and small one. You can enjoy the view from a hammock or you can go kayaking into the sea to witness an amazing sunset or to relax and watch at night the sky full of stars.
As I said before, you have the chance to visit the Iguana Park at French Harbor and observe more than two thousands iguanas in their natural habitats.
For more adrenaline, you have the opportunity to go zip lining. For a more tranquil day, go and be around the macaws and capuchin monkeys from the Gumbalimba Park. Spend a day in the park and enjoy the green gardens and learn about more than two hundred types of plants that grow on the island.
In the afternoon it is a great time for a trip with a motor boat through the forests full of mangrove.
If you are more into night life activities, stay on the West side of the island. A very inviting beach resort of this kind is the Mayan Princess Beach and Dive Resort in West Bay. Here you can relax, do snorkeling and have fine dining experience. For snorkel equipment you can rent everything you need at the resort’s shop. Fully equipped go to the beach in the blue water that comes up to your knees and begin your exotic fish exploration.
In this resort you have three restaurants to choose from, a spa, a dive shop and a private beach. You can rent one of the beautiful suites with living rooms, kitchens and generous balconies. This resort it is a favorite spot for families interested in nature, culture, adventure and relaxing.
Very close to this resort it is the West End area. Here you can find many restaurants, clubs and bars.
On Thursday nights go to the Blue Marlin for a nice karaoke session with people from all around the world. All the restaurants, bars and clubs have outdoor seating and you can admire the water while you drink a tasty cocktail. For great spicy food dishes head over to Thongs Thai. If you like dancing find your favorite style at one of the bars around. They play Hip Hop, Reggae, American 80’s and Latin music.
The life on Roatan Island it is not very easy for local people, but they are very proud of their home and they do their best to keep the island authentic atmosphere.
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