Planning a trip down to the Bay Islands of Honduras? Here are some helpful travel tips to maximize your time in this world renowned dive destination:
Language: Spanish is the principal language but English with a Caribbean influence is widely spoken.
Currency: The Honduran lempira is the official currency but U.S. dollars are also accepted.
Electricity: 110V and 220V Time Zone: GMT/UTC minus 6 hours
Average Water Temperature: 80F
Average Viz: 80 feet
Types of Diving Available: boat, live-aboard, wreck, shore (from certain locales only)
What to Wear: On shallower dives in the warmer months you could wear a skin or a 1.6mm shortie. For deeper dives or in the cooler months when the water temperature drops into the 70s you may want to wear a 3-5mm full suit.
Dives Not to Miss:
Mary's Place on Roatan is considered one of the best dives in the Bay Islands. There are deep fisures and swin throughs in the reef-scape and several coral canyons that are cloaked in shadow and you may need a light to explore. Glassy sweepers hang in the sunlight and there is thick black coral surrounded by grouper and giant crab. The El Aguila is the largest wreck in Roatan sitting upright in 100ft of water. It is covered in lush hard coral gardens and groupers patrol her perimeter. In Guanaja the 187 ft Jado Trader lays on its side in 90-110 ft of water. An enormous Green Moray inhabits her bow and you can enter the wreck through the cargo bays. Willy's Hole in Utila is the place to go to see whale sharks in Turtle Harbor Marine Reserve. The wall dive starts at 15 feet and decends to 75 feet with swin throughs and caverns along the way. Start at the bottom of Black Hills and work your way up to the top of the pinnacle at 35 ft. You are sure to see jacks and pelagic fish and the occasional Whale or Hammerhead shark.