Snorkeling in the Bay Islands

Explore From Shore or Cruise to the Edge

The Bay Islands of Honduras are surrounded by some of the richest coral reefs in the Caribbean. Here, on the southern edge of the great Mesoamerican Reef, groves of colorful corals and sponges thrive in sunlit shallows and decorate underwater walls that rise to within a few feet of the surface. Divers come from around the world to experience the abundant sea life of the Bay Islands, but these same underwater treasures can be enjoyed from the surface by free divers and snorkelers. Excursions can begin right from the beach, or aboard dedicated boats that provide easy access to the best reefs.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, from relaxing and beach travelers, to soft and rugged adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year round
  • Weather: Tropical climate with drier winters, passing summer showers and more frequent rains from October through December. Temperatures range from the 70s to summertime highs near 90

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Snorkeling in Honduras Overview

There are excellent snorkel sites around all of the three major Bay Islands, but the greatest diversity of sites are found on the largest island, Roatan. A number of the island's dive resorts provide guided snorkel tours by boat, and also support self-guided explorations from shore.

Snorkeling in Honduras Tips

If snorkeling from shore, ask a local before you wade in. In some areas, the coral reefs begin close to shore, while other areas will require long swims to reach the good stuff. In addition to the reefs, you can find often find interesting marine life hiding in shallow grass beds. For something different, sign up for a night snorkel.

Best Places to Snorkel in Honduras

At Anthony's Key Resort you can swim with a dolphin, explore the waters around Bailey's Key, or visit the island's best sites aboard a dedicated 51-foot snorkeling boat. Entry is easy at West End Beach, where a sand slope leads to a lively barrier reef. Blue tangs, yellowtail snapper and parrotfish swarm at Fish Den. Trips from Turquoise Bay give access to uncrowded north shore reefs. 

What to Pack for Snorkeling in Honduras

If you are serious about snorkeling, you might want to invest in your own equipment. Learn how to use a defog solution to keep your mask clear, and choose a snorkel with an automatic purge valve to keep the water out of your mouth. Wear a water shirt to protect your back from the sun.

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Roatan Aggressor

LIVEABOARD - DIVE FROM $999 per person including 7 nights in your choice of Twin, Deluxe or Master Stateroom accommodations, diving as scheduled, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and beverages including alcohol.

Valid departure dates: Jan 30 - 6, 2021 | Feb 13 - 20, 2021 | Feb 20 - 27, 2021 | Feb 27 - 6, 2021 | Mar 6 - 13, 2021.

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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - 50% OFF ALL INCLUSIVE DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night’s Hill Standard Accommodations, welcome cocktail, 6 days of 3-tank boat dives, 2 1-tank night boat dives, buoyancy control workshop, full American meal plan (3 meals daily), entrance to Roatan Museum, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking, stand up paddle boards, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Preferred Saturday to Saturday travel days. Advertised price includes discount and averaged between 2 divers. Package price excludes beverages.

Valid 1/1/22-12/31/22. Book by 2/26/21.
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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night Run of House room accommodations, 20 boat dives (6 days of 3-tank boat dives, 2 1-tank night boat dives), buoyancy control workshop, all meals, welcome island cocktail & orientation, admission to Roatan Museum, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding.

Valid for travel in 2021. Saturday arrivals preferred and possibly required during peak travel.
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Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

ROATÁN - FALL UNDERWATER SPECIAL - $300 SAVINGS includes7 night Deluxe Room accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank boat dives plus 1 night boat dive with Mayan Divers, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, beverages including unlimited premium alcohol, scheduled night-time entertainment and activities, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Travel 8/1/21-12/19/21.
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Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort

ROATÁN - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night gardenview accommodations, 3-tank daily boat dives including 1 night boat dive, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including unlimited alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages (excl premium brands), use of kayaks/paddleboards, horseback riding, free WiFi access, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

ROATAN - ALL-INCLUSIVE PREMIUM DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights 1-Bedroom Tropical Garden Pool View Villa accommodations, 15 1-tank boat dives, 1 night dive with Mayan Divers, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks and premium alcoholic beverages, fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi, day and night scheduled activities, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges.
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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - SNORKEL PACKAGE includes 7-night Run of House room accommodations, 2 snorkels daily by boat with guide, 1 night boat snorkel, 1-dolphin beach encounter, underwater fish ID card, reef ecology lecture & fish ID slide show, welcome drink, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, entrance to Roatan Museum, 1-day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking and stand-up paddle boards, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Saturday arrivals preferred and possibly required during peak travel.
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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night Run of House room accommodations, 20 boat dives (6 days of 3-tank boat dives, 2 1-tank night boat dives), buoyancy control workshop, all meals, welcome island cocktail & orientation, admission to Roatan Museum, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding. Saturday arrivals preferred/possibly required during peak season.

Saturday arrivals preferred and possibly required during peak travel.
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Infinity Bay Spa and Beach Resort

ROATÁN - 7-NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes 1-Bdrm Deluxe Garden View accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank boat dives w/unlimited shore dives, 1 night dive, free Nitrox, valet service for dives, free WiFi access, hotel tax and service charge.
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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATÁN - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7-night Run of House room accommodations, welcome drink, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, entrance to Roatan Museum, 1-day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the key, kayaking and stand-up paddle boards, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Saturday arrivals preferred and possibly required during peak travel.
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Cabanas on Clarks Cay

GUANAJA - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank boat dives plus one day of 2-tank boat dive, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, round trip inter-Island flight transfers/boat transfers from Roatan to Guanaja, standard bar package (local beer, house wine, well liquor of vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey, happy hour drink of the day, free WiFi, complimentary use of sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and lazy river, roundtrip boat transfers to and from Guanaja airport, hotel tax and service charges.

Air Travel scheduled on day other than Saturday, will likely require an overnight in Roatan.
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Villa on Dunbar Rock

GUANAJA - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Ocean Front Room accommodations, 5 days of 3-tank boat diving, 1 day of 2-tank boat diving, unlimited tanks for on property shore diving, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, round trip inter-Island flight transfers/boat transfers from Roatan to Guanaja, standard bar package (local beer, house wine, well liquor of vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey, happy hour drink of the day), free WiFi, use of sea kayaks,, hotel taxes and service charges.

Air Travel scheduled on day other than Saturday, will likely require an overnight in Roatan.
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Utila Lodge

UTILA - 7-NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night ocean view accommodations, 6 days of 3-tank boat dives including 2- night dives (excluding 1-aft dive on last day) welcome cocktail and bottle of wine, 3 full meals a day (dinner only night of arrival/breakfast only morning of departure), use of kayaks, roundtrip transfers to and from airport or ferry dock, hotel tax and service charges.
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CoCo View Resort

ROATAN - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights oceanfront accommodations, 6 days of up to 4 boat dives daily, unlimited shore diving, 3 meals daily, complimentary use of ocean kayaks and non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.
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Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort

ROATAN - All Inclusive, exclusive resort with unlimited domestic alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks. Valet diving with daily gear care, fresh fruits onboard. PADI 5-Star IDC resort. Over the water day bungalows available during afternoons. Where you come to unwind and get away from it all. Boasting one of Roatan’s only completely private beaches; 500 feet of pristine white sand shores just for you. Pol table, board games, kayak, stand up paddle boards, horseback riding plus botanical tour.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

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Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

ROATAN - Premium all-inclusive resort paradise for divers, snorkelers and beach lovers, located on West Bay Beach offering a spectacular setting for your vacation getaway with four restaurants and top shelf liquor. Luxury one and two-bedroom villas with full kitchens plus deluxe hotel rooms, all with spacious interiors. PADI 5-Star dive center offering smaller boats with fruit boats onboard and personalized service. One of the last great Caribbean destinations, Roatan offers the ultimate access to the world's second largest barrier reef system.

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Infinity Bay Spa and Beach Resort

ROATÁN - Beachfront Resort offering well-appointed accommodations and amenities on Roatán’s award-winning West Bay Beach, one of the top 10 beaches in the world. An upscale beach property featuring a 300-foot long infinity pool—the largest on the island—stretching down a white sand beach. Bordering the pool are swaying palms and 145 spacious Spanish style villas, balconies overlook the pool, exotic gardens and turquoise water. Underwater adventures abound with the world’s second largest barrier reef less than 50 feet from shore. When you’re in need of refreshment out of the water, the restaurant and beach bar combine first class service and taste for extraordinary dining experiences. All-inclusive and breakfast only options.

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Anthonys Key Resort

ROATAN - Located on a private island just off the coast of Roatan offering dive vacations on the world’s second largest barrier reef. Three dives per day, two-night dives weekly plus shore diving. Bungalows with large shaded decks (some air-conditioned), swimming pool, adventure activities, kayaking, dolphin encounters, and much more. Resort Prefers Saturday Arrivals especially during “high/peak travel season”.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

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Cabanas on Clarks Cay

GUANAJA - All-Inclusive private island getaway located in Guanaja on 4-acre island oasis that offers incredible seascapes, an infinity pool with a lazy river, including a waterfall! Twenty guests max in a combination of Standard, One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Cabaña’s. All Air conditioned with wrap around porches. PADI dive partner offering concierge dive services on 3 roomy dive boats. Divers will enjoy Guanaja’s coral reef system featuring dives on pinnacles, vertical walls, lava tunnels, and wrecks. Concierge dive services provided by Clark’s Cay and a low diver-to-dive master ratio, guarantee a relaxed experience on each of your three daily dives. Air Travel scheduled on day other than Saturday, will likely require an overnight in Roatan.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

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Utila Lodge

UTILA - Scuba divers from all over the world come to Utila for its world-class diving. Utila is located on one of the world's largest barrier reefs - second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Utila offers endless opportunities for boat, wall and shore diving as its surrounded by clear warm waters, corals and abundant marine life.
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CoCo View Resort

ROATAN - CoCo View Resort is a 26-room property and one of the top-rated dive resorts in the Caribbean. Custom dive boats take you to the best sites around Roatan. The incredible "Front Yard" shore diving is incomparable in variety and accessibility.
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Villa on Dunbar Rock

GUANAJA - All-Inclusive Villa perched on a cay with 360° views of Sandy Bay, Guanaja and surrounding cays, this unique all-inclusive resort blends beauty and serenity in a laid-back, inviting atmosphere. Comfortable dive boats depart for rarely visited sites at 8:30 am for morning 2-tank dives, returning for lunch with the afternoon or evening dive following. Prepare to be spoiled by the eager and earnest staff at Dunbar Rock. Amenities include an infinity pool, pool bar, pool table, cardio/massage room, kayaks and SUP’s and beach.

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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for entry that must be valid for the length of stay. No visa is required for stays less than 90 days. The passport must have at least one blank page for the Costa Rica entry stamp. There is a departure tax of approximately $29 U.S. which should be included in your international ticket. Check the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

There are no immunizations required for entry into Costa Rica, although you should check with your doctor and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for other recommendations.

Culture and Customs

Costa Rica is known as the safest and most prosperous country in Central America. It is home to a large community of North American ex-pats, but also retains its distinctly Latin culture, which includes a relaxed attitude to schedules that is known as “Tico time.” Laid back is not the same as uncaring, however, and Costa Ricans are known for taking pride in their appearances and their work. A well-developed road system connects major destinations, but much of the country's central highlands remain wild and protected within national parks. Within a day's drive of beach resorts at Guanacaste lie the slopes of Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Palo Verde National Park. Costa Rica is the eco-adventure capital of the Caribbean. Surfers come from around the world to ride famous breaks from Witch's Rock to Pavones. Coastal lodges are filled with fishermen seeking light tackle challenges with roosterfish or tugs of war with a marlin. Forests draw birders, hikers and naturalists, and there are more than a dozen rivers offering whitewater rafting thrills. More relaxing experiences await at hot springs, where spa treatments and soaks in mineral-rich volcanic water provide a soothing end to an active day.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

The standard in Costa Rica is the same as in the United States: 110 volts AC (60 cycles). Some electric outlets only have 2 prong sockets, so an adapter may be needed for 3 prong plugs.

Costa Rica has an excellent phone system, and the country code for dialing is 506. Check with your cell phone provider for international data and voice plans and costs.

Many resorts and restaurants offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Although the water in Costa Rica is generally safe to drink, water quality varies in some cities. It would be best to use bottled water and avoid ice.

Language & Currency

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, but English is widely spoken. The Costa Rican currency is called the “colon”. Check the current exchange rate here. Many businesses will accept U.S. Dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Time

Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time, 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-6 GMT). Costa Rica does not use daylight saving time, so the time difference is an additional hour April through October.

Location, Size and Population

Costa Rica is located in Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua (to the north) and Panama (to the south). Costa Rica encompasses a total of 19,700 square miles (51,100 square kilometers).

The population of Costa Rica is 4.9 Million (2015) with approximately 350,000 living in the province of Guanacaste.