The Bay Islands of Honduras offer a very different world from that of mainland Honduras. There are several islands with three larger ones being the most popular among tourists: Utila, Roatan and Guanaja. English is so widely spoken in the Islands, that some people don’t even speak Spanish, despite the fact that this is the official language of Honduras!
Roatan’s underwater scenery is among the Caribbean’s most spectacular. An abundance of colorful reef tropicals, exciting pelagic encounters, and a diverse and fascinating macro world defines the magic of the Roatan coral reef. Turtles, eagle rays, and literally hundreds of tropical fish species abound. Indigenous toadfish, octopus, and huge coral crabs are visible at night. Dolphins, whale sharks, reef sharks, blacktips, and hammerheads can also be spotted.
The outer islands offer the best diving and are a quick flight from the mainland. If at all possible try to add extra time to explore the ruins on the mainland. Trips including mainland tours should be longer than a week. Roatan is the busiest of the Bay Islands with Utila and Guanaja offering quiet getaways.