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Honduras: Bay Islands Snorkeling

A secluded snorkeling retreat just a short swim from one of the most diverse reefs in the Caribbean. With outstanding snorkeling, affordable pricing, easy access from the U.S., and flexible dates, Honduras' Bay Islands are one of our most popular snorkel destinations.

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Overview

  • Shallow water access to an incredible coral reef wall less than 100 yards from your room.
  • Daily activities include beach snorkeling along the protected house reef, boat snorkeling excursions, and night snorkeling opportunities.
  • Stay in over-the-water cabanas on a private peninsula of Roatan.

One of the most diverse populations of coral in the Caribbean occurs around the Bay Islands of Honduras. Approximately 30 miles from the mainland, the Bay Islands consist of Roatan, Utila, Guanaja, three smaller islands, and nearly 60 smaller islets and cayes.

Join our naturalist in a secluded retreat on Roatan Island, and discover one of the best snorkeling sites in the world. This snorkeling trip offers shallow water access to an incredible coral reef wall less than 100 yards from your over-the-water cabana.

In some places the upper surface of the barrier reef is so close to the sea surface that it is virtually impossible to swim over it. It is one of the most complex and varied reef systems in the Caribbean, with huge barrel sponges, gigantic gorgonians, profuse fish life, eagle rays, and myriad invertebrates.

Daily activities include beach snorkeling, boat snorkeling excursions, and bird watching. Scuba diving is also possible. Your naturalist will help identify the many different fish and coral species and explain the ecology of the reef, as well as the natural and maritime history of the island.

Trip Dates & Cost

2016: November 5–12. $2,875 per person.*

2017: To be announced.

* Single supplement fee $400. Trip prices do not include international airfare. Custom dates available. Click here for our full expedition terms and conditions.


"An underwater dream for anyone who loves finding weird and wonderful creatures!"

- Linda, 2013 traveler


"The atmosphere at CoCo View is low-key and comfortable. I felt right at home. Come prepared to relax and enjoy yourself!"

- Debbie, 2013 traveler

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Naturalist

Kathi Koontz is Program Manager of Oceanic Society's Belize Field Station. Her passion for the ocean includes work as a whales-in-distress responder through NOAA's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. Kathi is an avid diver, snorkeler, and advocate for marine wildlife. She has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and spends as much time as she can underwater.

Bruce Stewart has been leading trips for Oceanic Society for more than 20 years. His academic training includes a zoology degree from UC Davis and graduate studies in marine science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Bruce has served as program curator at Monterey Bay Aquarium, education director at Texas State Aquarium, director of student and family programs at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, and director of programs and exhibits at the Birch Aquarium.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Roatan City. Guests are met at the airport and transferred to CoCo View Resort. Home to the world's second largest barrier reef, Roatan, Honduras is justifiably one of the best snorkeling destinations in the Caribbean. We spend seven nights in comfortable double occupancy over-the-water cabanas. Welcome dinner and trip briefing.

Day 2: Morning and afternoon beach snorkeling. Excellent snorkeling begins less than one hundred yards from the CoCo View Resort and beachfront. The house reef, or "Front Yard," is a well protected and vibrant reef that is easily accessible from the beach in front of our cabanas.

Day 3: Morning boat snorkeling at some of Roatan's other beautiful snorkeling locations. The resort will have a dedicated boat for our snorkeling group. There are more than 15 different snorkeling sites within a 5 to 20 minute boat ride from the resort dock. We will return for a buffet lunch followed a bit later by afternoon beach snorkeling.

Day 4: On day 4 we will have a full day excursion to the West End for snorkeling at this beautiful protected coral reef site. Our main objective is to snorkel at Spooky Channel, where we snorkel above a canyon that runs from the inside to the outside of the reef. Once outside the reef we have a great chance to see large groupers and sea turtles. On site we will have a picnic lunch. Back at the resort later that evening there will be an outdoor BBQ.

Day 5: Morning beach snorkeling excursion. Early afternoon van trip to a nearby iguana farm to learn about iguana conservation efforts. Continue to French Harbor, where you will have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you will return to the resort where you have the afternoon to relax, explore the house reef, or walk along the water's edge. If individuals are interested, a night snorkel will be arranged.

Day 6: Day of snorkeling. Morning boat-based snorkel to a new site; beach snorkeling in the afternoon.

Day 7: Morning departure for snorkeling at the secluded "John's Spot" on the North Shore. Lunch at a local resort. Afternoon beach snorkel. Farewell dinner.

Day 8: Transfer back to Roatan City for your flight home.

Note: this is a sample itinerary for a typical Oceanic Society Honduras Bay Islands snorkeling program. Weather and other conditions may necessitate changes to the exact order of events and/or substitutions to the outlined excursions.

Accommodations

CocoView Resort Roatan Honduras Our base for this expedition is the comfortable CoCo View Resort, which has catered to snorkelers and scuba divers since 1982. Located on a private peninsula of Roatan Island, CoCo View offers double occupancy, over-the-water cabanas, each with private bath, air-conditioning, WiFi, and other conveniences, plus your own private porch to enjoy sunrises and sunsets, ocean breezes, or your morning coffee.

The cabanas sit just 100 yards from a beautiful coral reef wall; the perfect base for exploring the underwater wildlife of the Bay Islands!

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