Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Honduras


Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Honduras

Scuba diving information in Honduras

Honduras, with its Caribbean coastline, has crystal-clear waters and kilometers of wildlife refuges to explore. Most divers head for the Bay Islands off the northern coast of Honduras. These seven main islands and many small cays are part of the world’s second largest living reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, abundant with bright corals, tropical fish and pelagic visitors. Expect to see turtles, seahorses, jacks, reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, large-eyed toadfish, over 350 species of reef fish and whale sharks. The most popular islands are Utila, Roatan and Guanaja. Utila Island is a tropical paradise and absolute utopia for divers with around a hundred sites to choose from, some of the most popular being Black Rock, Labyrinth, Duppy Waters, Little Bight, The Maze and The Haliburton. The north side is comprised of sheer walls dropping down over 1 000 meters whereas the south side consists of shallow fringing reefs, all teeming with marine life. Roatan Island has neraly 200 dive sites and some amazing topography. The site Spooky Channel is a steep-walled channel that opens up Cathedral-like into the surrounding reef with bright corals and fish all around, including big pelagics. There are several wrecks including the Prince Albert, El Aquila and the Odyssey, which are ideal for penetrations. Some other dive sites are West End Wall, Valley of the Kings, Missing Link/Menagerie and Mary's Place. Guanaja is a very remote island with very healthy and vibrant reefs, great diversity of sites and high quality of dive centers. One of the more unusual sites, Mestizo Reef, contains a life-size bust of Columbus and other 16th century artifacts. Other great sites are The Jado Trader wreck, the Pinnacle, Caldera del Diablo and Elkhorn Forest. The Bay islands are well preserved, and dive sites remain uncrowded. Visibility is usually excellent at over 30 meters, but can dip slightly during the rainy season from September to January. Water temperatures average 27°C year-round, dropping only a couple degrees during mid-winter, January and February. Hurricane season is from June to the end of November, although diving is possible all year.

Geography and climate

Honduras is a republic in Central America, bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea. The climate varies from tropical in the lowlands to temperate in the mountains. The north coast is very hot with rain throughout the year, and though the offshore breezes temper the climate, the sun is very strong. The dry season is from November to April and the wet season runs from May to October.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for three months from date of arrival in Honduras is required by nationals of most countries. Visas are not required by nationals of Australia, Great-Britain, Europe, Canada and USA for stays of up to 90 days. For more informations, please contact your travel agent or Honduras' Embassy or Consulate.

Health and safety

The vaccination against hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, diphtheria, malaria and rabies is recommended. Dengue fever and American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) may occur. Hepatitis B is present. Please consult your doctor before traveling.

Time zone

UTC-6

Communications

It is possible to acquire pre-paid calling cards for international calls. Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is generally good along the coasts and around major towns. Internet cafes exist in major towns.

Power and Electricity

110V/60Hz plugs are the USA type.

Scuba Diving locations in Honduras

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Honduras? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Honduras, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Honduras

Which locations in Honduras have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Honduras and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Honduras

Which marine species can I observe in Honduras? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Honduras

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Honduras? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Honduras.

Scuba Diving centers in Honduras

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Honduras? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Honduras. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

Liveaboards in Honduras

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Honduras? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Honduras. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Honduras

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Honduras? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Honduras. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.