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Dive area / region : Honduras - See the map Scuba Diving in Honduras

Best diving season : January  •  February  •  March  •  April  •  May  •  December
Recommended number of days to stay : More than 1 week...
Number of dive sites : More than 20 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 26C-… : Shorty or Thin Wetsuit
Average visibility : 30 meters plus
Average dives depth : 20 Meters
Type of currents : Medium level currents
Months when these currents are present : All year long present but sometimes strong current.
General surface conditions : Very variable conditions
Wreck types : Recent world ships  •  Artificial wrecks  •  Airplane  •  War ships
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Type of marine life : Anemone  •  Barracuda  •  Corals  •  Cuttlefish  •  Dolphins  •  Grouper  •  Jacks  •  Lobster  •  Moray Eels  •  Nudibranch  •  Octopus  •  Plants  •  Rays  •  Reef Fish  •  Sea urchins  •  Shark - Grey nurse  •  Shark - Reef shark  •  Shark - Whale shark  •  Shrimps  •  Softcoral  •  Sponge  •  Squid  •  Star fish  •  Turtles
Presence of caves / caverns : No


The islands off the coast of Honduras provide varied pleasures for the traveler: Roatan, Guanaja, and Utila. 
Roatan, the most developed of the three islands, rivals Cancun in flavor, and offers the traveler similar benefits and experiences as the Mexican resort. Located on a coral reef exceeded in size only by Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Roatan is also the premier scuba diving destination in all of Honduras.
Once part of Spain's vast empire in the New World, Honduras became an independent nation in 1821. After two and a half decades of mostly military rule, a freely elected civilian government came to power in 1982. During the 1980s, Honduras proved a haven for anti-Sandinista contras fighting the Marxist Nicaraguan Government and an ally to Salvadoran Government forces fighting leftist guerrillas. The country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 5,600 people and caused approximately $2 billion in damage. Honduras is a poor country where tourism is still underdeveloped.

Good amenities can be found in cities like Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and La Ceiba but elsewhere conditions can be primitive, especially in the rural areas. You can find good hotels even in small towns if you are willing to pay a bit more (Honduras is not really an expensive country). Nevertheless a visit is worthwhile, especially to the ancient Maya ruins in Copán, the colonial towns of Gracias and Comayagua and the fantastic Caribbean Coast. 

Climate Subtropical in lowlands, temperate in mountains. Experiences frequent, but generally mild, earthquakes. 

Popular dive sites:
*Calvin's Crack: a plateau atop a shallow reef facing a wall, Calvin's Crack runs through the reef along narrows, widening to an exit along the outer wall.

*Spooky Channel: this diving site is a little deeper, a former river valley formed this channel which opens to the barrier reef at 100 feet with a cathedral-like scenario. The side walls of the channel rise up to almost touch each other but still allow light to illuminate your way.

*Barbareta Wall: 3 miles offshore from Roatan, the uninhabited, hilly island of Barbareta offers undiscovered reefs replete with coral gardens, a dramatic mile-long wall, while the island is framed by white sandy beaches and coves; the wall is a continuous drop-off that usually offers great pelagic encounters.

*West End Wall: a spectacular precipice borders a deep blue abyss, with pillar corals, Azure Vase Sponges and barrel sponges, while in the deeper water divers are likely to find themselves among schools of pelagics and Eagle Rays.

*Enchanted Forest and Insidious Reef West of Romeo's Resort: these two dives are part of a larger reef associated with an offshore bank. The drop-off begins from a series of rolling reefs that drop to 70' - 80', with Creole Wrasse and groupers in abundance among the diverse sponge and coral growth.

*Connie's Dream: 3-min from Romeo's Resort, this sloping drop-off provides tube and vase sponges among both red and purple tube sponges, while a seemingly endless system of tall coral heads and deep sand channels fall into the abyss.

*Doc's Elbow: directly in front of the entrance channel to Brick Bay Resort, this popular night dive provides divers with a variety of life, including octopus, reef crabs and lobsters. A short swim leads divers to the wall.

*Mary's Place: perhaps one of the most popular dive sites off Roatan, the dive starts at a permanent mooring buoy on the reef shelf, along a vertical crevice that drops from 40', with a huge section of the wall broken away from the main section to form a wide slit. Many smaller crevices invite exploration among bouquets of Rope and Tube Sponges, deepwater seafans and Black Coral. A sand shelf drops from 140' to 200', offering a magnificent underwater view.

*Trunk Turtle Bay Beach on Barbareta Island: great for snorkeling and shallow dives

*Pigeon Cays: three islets off Barbareta's south coast, with undiscovered dive sites.

Wreck Diving - "Prince Albert" 140' tanker Wreck Diving - "El Aguila" 210' cargo boat perfectly sunk at 100 feet of water on a sandy bottom full of Deep Garden Eels. It has been adapted for penetration diving so you can descend onto open large compartments where you can surprise a number of fish in their homes. Adjacent to the boat runs the wall to finish off the dive among the shallow water tropical fish.

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