Roatan is one of the Honduras Bay Islands (Las Islas de la Bahia), which are comprised of eight islands and more than 60 cays resting on the Bonacca Ridge, which is about 40 miles northeast of the north coast of Honduras.
With white sandy beaches and a large diverse coral reef Roatan and the Bay Islands offer a wide range of activities for the sailing or water sports lover. Whether you are looking to hire a yacht or private cruise, take sailing lessons, explore the coastline or to dive or snorkel our diverse reef, there is something for everyone in Roatan.
Roatan Sport Fishing
Roatan has a lot to offer to the professional or novice fishing enthusiast. A wide range of businesses offer charter trips, which include knowledgeable local guides, fishing equipment for the local conditions, and well maintained boats with all safety gear.
You can choose between light trolling along different reefs and offshore banks on the south side of Roatan or deep sea fishing several miles offshore in the open sea and over sea mounts for marlin and other big game fish.
You can find Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, Marlins, Tarpon and Bonefish in the shoreline areas. There is no fishing license requirement for shore line or deep sea fishing.
Roatan has some of the most stunning underwater vistas you will find in the world, an oasis of deep and shallow reef types consisting of a variety of colorful corals, sponges and tropical marine life. With this perfect environment for diving comes a range of exciting diving options and trips, trained multi lingual dive masters and PADI diving companies with all the latest equipment.
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Descends along a mooring line to a sandy patch next to a coral head and meet the sharks at about 70 feet. Once in place, See how your tour guide hand feeds (with chain-mail gloves) fairly large (5 to 8 feet) Caribbean Reef Sharks Grouper, Yellowtails, Spadefish and a host of other finned critters hoping to steal a bite of their own.
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Dolphin Snorkel Encounter
An unusual opportunity for divers and snorkellers. To interact with dolphins on the mammal's own initiative. Interaction is achieved by the dolphin's natural curiosity where there is no feeding enticement to secure interaction with humans. The dolphin snorkel provides more opportunity for physical contact.
Is a great way for small children and adults who don't have strong swimming skills to experience relating to the dolphins by entering the water waste deep and petting the dolphins. No more than six people at a time and the play session lasts for 30 minutes. Good for children.
Dolphin Dive Encounter
Consists of a small boat with no more than six divers being taken just five minutes outside the reef. The encounter is 45 minutes long and allows time to observe, photograph and play with the dolphins.
Close to the beach on West Bay Beach and Hammond bay, you can find great reefs where you can go swimming and spend a great time.
Imagine a pathway with azure waters lapping at the shoreline on one side and swaying coconut, and tropical almond trees on the other side. This is horseback riding in Roatan. Of course, depending on your level of expertise, you can ride step to step or fly upon your mounted steed along the sandy beaches. You can transition from a casual walk, to a comfortable trot, or an upswing cantor, to a full throttle gallop in a matter of seconds.
Of course you can always select to take a lush forest trail ride where the nature of the terrain and the slope insures a fantastic experience with your steed.
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Roatan has two zip line canopy tours, one is located at the Tabyana Beach Gumbalimba Park and the other one at Palmetto Bay.
In West Bay at Gumbalima Park you will be outfitted with mountain climbing equipment and a harness. A truck will then take you and your guide through the Lighthouse Estates to the top of the mountain. From the initial jump off station, you are given explicit instructions how to survive the adventure to 11 platforms. You will be making the ride strapped to a guide. They offer two different cable systems rides, one for beginners and one for thrill seekers. The first leg is quite tame but builds your confidence that you'll need to continue. Each starting point has its own cable system and will take you at various speeds over the tree canopies toward the beach. The last leg of the slide is 200 meters right to the beach.
The Canopy tour at Palmetto Bay Hill has multiple platforms, including swing bridges and a climbing wall. Once you arrive at the tour, the guide will equip you with a harness and safety equipment and you will be guided through the jungle, from platform-to-platform.
Guests will be able to able to have fun with this activity; children should be at least 1.3 meters (4 feet) tall.
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Roatan's Deep Diving Submersible "Idabel", is the most exciting excursion you will find in the world. Idabel will take you further into the Western Caribbean's vibrant depths than most people will ever go-- depths up to 2,000 feet in our well-lit undersea vehicle; our large plexiglass viewing bubble allows you to see a rare variety of underwater life never seen at Scuba Diving depths.
The Idabel "Yellow Submarine" docks at Half Moon Bay in West End Village.
This operation is one of only 2 deep subs in the world currently offering trips to the public.
1000ft - 1 1/2 Hours
1500ft – 2 1/2 Hours
2000ft – 3 1/2 Hours
6 Gilled Shark Dive 1500+ft – 4 – 8 Hours
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Coral Reef Explorer: Glass vessel
Coral Reef Explorer operates three scheduled trips daily out of West Bay and accommodates up to 30 passengers. Each trip lasts 45 minutes and is fully narrated.
The boat offers one hour cruises and operates between the hours of 9am-3pm. The vessel requires a minimum of two people to leave port for tours.
This amazing vessel seats 30 people completely below the surface in air conditioned comfort. Look into our crystal clear waters as your tour guide describes all the exotic marine life and Coral formations drifting slowly before you. Keep your eyes peeled for endangered Sea Turtles, huge yet graceful Spotted Eagle Rays, scary Baracuda's and much more.
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What type of electricity is used?
110 volts, 60 MHz, is used. This is identical to the US with the same plugs.
What's the currency?
The national currency is the Lempira , which you may obtain once you enter the country. US dollars are also honored most places on the island, or are easy to exchange for Lempiras. Master Card , Visa , American Express and traveller's checks in U.S. dollars are also widely accepted on the island. Cash advances in Lempiras are also available on your credit cards at ATM's on the island. The exchange rate is approximately 1US$=19lmps.