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The Bay Islands | Honduras
Adult spotted drum

Honduras is the second largest country in Central America, its landmass spanning the bridge that connects the north and south American continents and reaching from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

The principal dive sites are on the Caribbean side around the Bay Islands, which are ringed by some pretty coral reefs. The westernmost island is Utila, which has developed a very laid-back lifestyle and is a well-trodden route for budget travellers.

The basic structure of the reefs is of hard corals topped by a layer of soft corals or sea plumes. North of the island, there are walls and drop-offs, while on the south and just offshore from the main town, the reefs are gentler and sloping. Fish species range from angels and butterflyfish to grunts and blennies. There are many interesting critters like the tiny cryptic teardrop crab and mantis shrimp. In the bay there is also the Halliburton Wreck, which was scuttled in 1998 to create an artificial reef.

Utila dive photo gallery Scuba diving features
Marine Life Spotted drum
Cryptic teardrop crab
Top dive site Aquarium 1 & II
Seasons All year
Visibility 10 – 30 metres
Water temperature 25 – 28º C
Deco chambers Roatan and Utila
Flights to Miami or Houston then connect to Roatan
Dive operators & accommodation Utila has a wide selection of dive shops that focus on training and a couple of good dive resorts

PROS and CONS As Roatan has an international airport, reaching the Bay Islands from the USA is easy. From there it's a short hop by small aircraft to Utila. All the Bay Islands are good value for divers especially when compared to other more famous Caribbean diving destinations plus there is a little bit more of the classic 'Caribbean' feel.

Diving in neighbouring Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
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SCUBA DIVING Although the Caribbean doesn't have the quantity of marine species that are found in some areas of the world, there are more species around the Bay Islands than in any other part due to their location and the geography of Central America. Conditions on the south side of Utila tend to be easy but the northern coast can be variable. Utila is also known for seasonal whaleshark sightings.

OPINION We have been to this area several times as it is great value for money and there are some incredible historical sights on the mainland. The dive style is easy-going and there are some surprises every now and then. On Utila we stayed at Utila Lodge, a good mid-range operation located close enough to the town for going out but away from the busier areas.