Scuba Diving Honduras
Scuba diving in Honduras
Honduras borders to Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Caribbean Sea. The country also has a small coastline towards the North Pacific Ocean. The water temperatures remain around 82 Fahrenheit year round. Visibility is usually 50-100' or more. The most popular diving season is October – April. September is the hottest month with temperatures in the 90s, while November, December and January are the wettest months with heavy rains.
Roatan, Guanaja, Cayos Cochinos and Utila and are the names of four relatively big islands in the Caribbean Sea from where you can reach the most popular dive sites in Honduras. The island of Roatan is located about 30 miles off the mainland and was a Crown Colony until 1933 when it was ceded to Honduras by the British. The scenery is tropical and jungle like. As on most of these islands, there are no luxury hotels or fancy resorts. The hotels are small and inexpensive, and can sometimes even lack hot water. The roads are simple and consist of broken asphalt or just plain dirt. From Roatan you can easily reach the beautiful and inhabited island of Barbareta, a hilly island with white sandy beaches. It’s surrounded by reefs with coral gardens and has an impressing mile-long wall with a continuous drop-off filed with exotic marine life. Other popular diving sites definitely worthy of checking out while you are staying at Roatan are the Enchanted Forest, the Insidious Reef and Connies Dream. They all feature great drop-offs, and Connies Dream is famous for the many colourful sponges growing here. Marys Place is perhaps the most popular dive sites in the Roatan area, with a vertical crevice dropping from 40'. It’s an interesting area to explore, since a large section of the wall has broken away from the main section and formed a wide slit. There are also several smaller crevices, and a sand shelf dropping from 140' to 200'.
Guanaja is 13 miles long and 3 miles wide. The easiest way of getting here is to fly with one of the smaller 18-seaters departing from La Ceiba and San Pedro Sula, in Honduras. The airport at Guanajan is an adventure in it self, less than 3' above sea level. Guanaja has practically no roads or cars, and travel is usually done by water taxi. The dive site just outside Guanaja is however supreme and definitely worth the hassle of getting there. It’s a dive to 90', through a cavern winding through the massive black rock cliff dropping from the cliffside into the depths below.
Cayos Cochinos is actually not one island, but two – Cochinos Grande and Cochinos Paqueno. The islands are not frequented by many tourists and are perfect if you want to be sure of tranquil waters and undisturbed diving experiences. Most people coming to Cayos Chochinos are marine biologists doing research or divers interested in underwater photography. Popular dive sites include the Hidden Valley Reef, the Airplane Wreck of a Cessna 302 twin engine, Jenas Cove, Charlottes Choice, Chachajuate Wall and the Thirty-Thirty undersea ridge.
Utila is the smallest of the islands, 7 miles long and 3 miles wide. The volcanic coastline reaches along Utila's eastern shores, giving you the opportunity to enjoy shallow dives with the waves breaking over your head. The north side of Utila is called Turtle Harbor, is a nesting ground for turtles. Whale shark is one other animal who thrive in the waters around Utila. If you wish to encounter squid, morays and conga eels, our best advice is to do a shore dive at Laguna Beach during the night. Along this wall you will also be able to watch tunicates, lobster, stingrays and an abundance of juvenile tropical fish.
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