Roatan and Utila in a Nutshell
Roatan offers fabulous resorts at reasonable prices along with easy, plentiful diving. This area is conveniently accessed from the United States, and the dive sites offer a lot of variety including wrecks, caves, walls, shark dives, and dolphin dives.
Utila, just next to Roatan, is less developed and also offers fantastic diving options. Utila is also an excellent choice for the independent traveller.
Many of the resorts in both locations offer shore diving.
About Roatan and Utila
Roatan and Utila are in the "Bay of Islands" off the coast of Honduras, Central America, in the Caribbean Sea. The water is warm, the visibility is generally great, and many of the resorts offer shore diving. Roatan attracts many families to its all-inclusive resorts.
Utila is a small island next to Roatan; it is a popular destination for divers to obtain dive certifications or earn their divemaster or instructor licenses.
Roatan and utila marine life
Roatan and Utila offer a variety of Caribbean reef life including turtles, trumpetfish, groupers, octopi, squid, spotted drum, moray eels, parrotfish, triggerfish, grunts, tang, wrasse, chromis, pufferfish, porcupine fish, and eagle rays - along with the occassional great barracuda or nurse shark.
Macro life includes lettuce slugs, arrow crabs, lobsters, flamingo tongue cowries and the occassional seahorses.
Whale Sharks, Reef Sharks, and Dolphins
Whale sharks are occassionally seen in Utila, and if one is spotted word quickly spreads through the Utila resorts.
Many resorts in Roatan run shark dives every week; Caribbean reef sharks are attracted by feedings. Some of resorts in Roatan also offer dolphin dives with semi-wild dolphins. The dolphins play and interact with divers on the ocean floor.
Underwater video of Roatan's Reefs
Video shows octopus, eels, seahorse, trumpetfish, eagle ray, and other various caribbean marine life
Best Time to Dive ROatan
Roatan can be dived year-round. If there is swell or wind on one side of the island, the opposite side of the island is usually calm. November, December and January get the most rain, as the rainy season is mid-October to late February. However, those are also the coolest months; May through September can be quite hot.
Roatan and Utila - topside activities
Fishing is a very common activity offered in both locations. There is a wildlife refuge where you can see white-faced capuchins, howler monkeys, caimans, and various birds. Roatan also has a butterfly garden, an iguana farm, and botanical gardens. Visitors can explore the rainforest canopy with exciting jungle excursions, or swim, snorkel, or dive with dolphins.