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Roatan, One of the Bay Islands…

As I’m writing it is 26 degrees Fahrenheit (-3 Celsius) and wishing I was on a nice warm white sandy beach with clear turquoise blue water, and azure blue sky.  Parrots are singing, music is floating in the wind, palm trees swaying, and the sounds of people laughing hanging in the air.  I’m thinking of Roatan, a paradise in the Western Caribbean. Check out Trip Advisor Reviews for great activities.  Don’t worry if you do not know anyone, you will soon meet the most wonderful people of Roatan and the many travelers that live and vacation there.

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Location – Roatan

Roatan located between Utila and Guanaja is the largest of Honduras Bay Islands.  Approximately 48 miles long (77 km) and 5 miles wide (8 km), which has the largest barrier reef system in the Caribbean and the 2nd largest barrier reef system in the world.  Roatan is a scuba diving paradise along with cruise ships visiting the two ports.

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West End Divers – West End, Roatan

Snorkel and Scuba Dive – Roatan

Look for the Green Sea Turtles meandering, hear the large Parrot fish eating the coral, see the Squid scoot by, and the many colorful Fish like the Blue Tang and Angle Fish.  See the Spiny Lobsters, Jack Fish, Chubs, Barracuda, Long Snout Seahorse, Highhat, Porcupine Fish, Triggerfish, Sponges, Fans, beautiful Coral and so much more.

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Ready to dive with Sueno Del Mar Dive Center – West End, Roatan

Dive and see Mandy’s Eel Garden then the large Green Moray that welcome you back from the open sea via the swim through arch that leads back to shore.  Keep your eyes open for the occasional Spotted Eagle Ray and a Whale Shark that might happen to swim by. Visit the Padi Dive shops West End Divers or   and sign up for the many dive sites that can also include some ocean wrecks.

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Friends at Tita’s Pink Horse – West End Roatan

Adventure – Roatan

Life is an adventure so make the best of it.  As in the time my daughter, a close Roatan friend and myself were scuba diving next to a five foot grouper that was my size.  This grouper was staring at me curious wondering who am I, and all the while I’m starring at him with huge bulging eyes, breathing really fast and hoping I’m not his lunch.  I know that’s not possible but just scuba diving next to something that big and graceful is enough to scare anyone.  Always be open for an adventure because you never knows what you will find.

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Sunset at Sandy Bay, Roatan

Fun – Roatan

You don’t have to be a diver to enjoy Roatan.  Enjoy a snorkel right off the beach where the reef is close to shore.  After a nice snorkel or dive, visit one of the Resort Beach Palapas, Bananaramara Dive & Beach Resort or Infinity Bay Spa & Beach Resort for a cool refreshing drink and a great meal.

In the evening enjoy one of the many restaurants that serve a wide array of scrumptious food; Jamaican, French, Caribbean, Western, Peruvian, Argentine, Thai, and Mexican food.  Then catch one of the local bands playing at one of the bars or play a game of LCR.  Enjoy island time, relax, and see the beautiful sunsets.  When you get there say “hi” to all of my friends and tell them I will be back soon.  Roatan is less than a two hour direct flight from Houston, Texas.

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One of my favorite sunsets when it went down I saw the Green Flash – Roatan

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Roatan is one of my favorite place to scuba dive and snorkel or just relax and lay on the beach.  Most of my time is spent on this wonderful island.  Looking for a Roatan Tour, make sure to visit Discover Roatan.

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18 thoughts on “Roatan, One of the Bay Islands…”

  1. 2 hours from Texas!!? you guys are so lucky to have the Caribbean on your doorstep so to speak. Roatan looks lovely! our sort of island 🙂 I would take the snorkelling option, still need to learn how to dive!

    1. Hi Garth, can you believe Roatan is just a hop skip and a jump from Houston Texas. You would love to snorkel the 2nd largest reef in the world. Awesome 🙂 There are lots of PADI dive centers where you can learn to dive.

    1. Hi Carol,
      Like all countries one must always be aware of their surroundings. You could go over to Roatan on your own but stay at one of the resorts West Bay Beach. There is Bananarama Resort, Infinity Bay Resort to name a few. Their links are in the Roatan Blog. They also pick you up at the airport and return you back to the airport. Hope you make it to Roatan for a visit 🙂

  2. Roatan looks like paradise. The Sun set is simply gorgeous. The place seems to embody the spirit of the Caribbean.

    1. Hi Shona,
      When I originally wrote the post it was winter and very very cold. I really wanted to be where the sand is warm, the water sparkles, clear turquoise water with awesome sunsets 🙂 Happy Travels!

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit the Islands of Honduras, I only made it to the northern town of La Cieba. Roatan looks stunning, I’d read it’s one of the best places in the world for diving. The sunset photo you took over the ocean is stunning!

    1. Thanks…
      You were so close to Roatan when you were in La Cieba. There is a puddle jumper (flight) that takes you right there. Diving on Roatan is amazing and I always find myself comparing all my dives to the reef system there. It does not get any better than finishing an awesome dive and relaxing with friends watching an amazing sunset. Hope you get a chance to go back for a dive.

    1. Hi Carmen, I hear that from lots of people that don’t know about Roatan Island off the coast of Honduras in the Western Caribbean. Hope by getting the word out there the hear about this amazing place. Maybe I should keep it a secret 🙂 There are lots of activities to do on Roatan for example snorkel, jet ski, canopy tours and more. The seafood is very good.

  4. I was wondering when I was reading about the diving and snorkeling possibilities in Roatan, if you also saw a lot of dead coral. We are in the Seychelles at the moment and we love to snorkel. But unfortunately almost all is dead after influence of global warming and fish is not to abundant.

    1. Hi Marcelle,
      There are still lots of diving and snorkeling possibilities on Roatan. With the Marine Park that helps to preserve the 2nd largest reef system in the world by education and protecting it. There are some signs of global warming but still lots of pristine places to dive. How wonderful the Seychelles must be but sad about the coral reef system there.

    1. Thanks Siddharth and Shruti,
      I can never get enough of the amazing sunsets there. Amazing! Love to see the Turtles, colorful parrot fish and so much more. Glad you now heard of Roatan Island in the Western Caribbean. Happy Travels 🙂

    1. Hi Marcelle, Happy your interested in visiting Roatan Island in the Western Caribbean. If you every visit you will not be disappointed while snorkeling to see some amazing underwater sea life. Happy Travels 🙂

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