It is not a well-known fact but the secret is out. Roatan, Honduras is home to the second largest coral reef in the world. The entire 33-mile wide island is surrounded by a shallow reef with thousands of marine life that divers and snorkelers can enjoy. The reefs begin in as little as 20 to 40 feet of water with delightful drop offs up to 100+ feet.
While most divers head to Australia, Roatan is a relatively inexpensive destination to consider in Latin America. Roatan is the largest and the most developed amongst the Bay Islands. From southeast US, it is only a 3-hour direct flight. Many charter flights operate from Canada and Europe that bring in groups of divers every week.
If you are a novice when it comes to the open seas, it’s easy to get lessons and be certified within a couple of days. The Turquoise Bay Dive and Beach Resort located at the East End of the island has one of the largest dive centers. Here you can train in the private swimming pool overlooking pristine, secluded beaches and then head out with capable and certified instructors. Subway Watersports take divers in groups of up to 10 people for day and night time dives to private dive spots. Here you will find amazing pristine dive sites with drop offs, canyons and the Caribbean’s biggest variety of coral and sponges.
After a therapeutic day of enjoying the underwater world, you can return to the comforts of resort. Turquoise Bay is perhaps the most upscale accommodation for divers one can find in the entire Caribbean. It is located right on the beach and offers a lot of privacy. The rooms are simple but spacious. Many of them have balconies overlooking the calm blue waters.
The one restaurant at the resort serves scrumptious buffet style meals. The menu has influences of English and Central American cuisines. A good variety of seafood, meats and vegetables are served that would satisfy the palate of any diver. Also, unlimited food and drink packages are offered on their web site.
Guests can enjoy swimming pool, internet access, lush gardens, beach hammock and kayaks at their own leisure. It is a great place to unwind and reflect on the sea creature you spotted during the day. Due to it’s remote location, the night sky as seen from the resort is spectacular. If you are a star gazer, make sure to bring your telescopes along. Turquoise Bay was featured in World’s Best Diving Resorts in 2011.