Honduras has over 500 miles of coastline, mostly along the Caribbean Sea. The country is at the tip of the vast Mesoamerican barrier reef system (the second biggest barrier reef after Australia’s, and the largest in the northern hemisphere), which runs along more than 600 miles (1000km) of the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

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Snorkeling can be done all along the continental coast of the country, particularly in Hog Keys (accessible from La Ceiba), or in the Parque Nacional Punta Sal (accessible from Tela). But to explore the best snorkeling spots in Honduras, you should head for the Islas de la Bahia (Roatan, Utila and Guanaja, often called the Bay Islands), between 15 and 30 miles to the north of the country. It is reckoned that over 400 species of fish and 70 species of coral inhabit the Islas de la Bahia reefs.

Montage Roatan
West Bay: coral reef, aerial view and sandy beach

While there is top quality snorkeling on Utila and Guanaja, Roatan is still the must for snorkelers in Honduras and one of the best destinations in all the Caribbean. This island, edged by a breathtaking and wonderfully preserved coral reef, in calm, crystal-clear waters, will bring you world-class snorkeling experiences, particularly at West Bay. The island of Utila is famous for its whale sharks, on the other hand, with many coming to the coasts between March and May.
When to go to Honduras?

The climate on the Caribbean coast of Honduras and the Islas de la Bahia is of the humid tropical type. Snorkeling is possible all the year round, except very occasionally when the weather and sea conditions don’t permit it.

The three months of the rainy season (from October to December) account for as much precipitation as the other nine other months put together (January to September, the dry season). The rainy season is less suited to snorkeling, since the wind makes sea conditions dangerous (waves). March, April and May are reckoned to be the best months to visit the Caribbean coast of Honduras and its islands. December and January are the coolest months of the year (about 77°F/25°C), and July and August are the warmest (an average of almost 30°). The water temperature is between 79 and 86°F (26 and 30°C) all through the year, with a peak in August-September.

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Where to spot them?

Queen angelfish

At West Bay and Lighthouse Point

French angelfish

On many spots, common at West Bay

Gray angelfish

On many spots, common at West Bay

Green sea turtle

Take your chance at West Bay

Cushion sea star

You can't miss them at Starfish Alley, rare in other spots

Atlantic blue tang

On all spots

Foureye butterflyfish

On all spots

Stoplight parrotfish

On all spots

Bluehead wrasse

On all spots