One of the most prized dive locations in the Caribbean, Roatan is located in close proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world. Despite being the largest of all the Honduras Bay Islands, Roatan is relatively small at 27 miles long and only 2 miles wide but a vast array of idyllic sights are crammed into this little rock. The island was relatively untouched and was considered a secret diving hot spot for those in the know until the cruise ships arrived in abundance in the mid 2000’s. Whilst it is still possible to experience the rustic, unaffected side of Roatan, the emergence of tourism has given rise to the luxury beach holiday. The main draw of Roatan however, remains the spectacular diving in the corals which consume the waters surrounding the island. For the confident diver Roatan has the most breathtaking wall dives in the Caribbean, with thousand-foot walls coated in a bounty of organisms and surrounded by exquisite marine life. From dolphins and nurse sharks to unexplored wrecks, the warm waters of the island are host to all the sights a diver could wish for.
For those who prefer to get their thrills on land, there is lots of fun to be had on the Western side of the island as West Bay and West End are dotted with luxury resorts, bars and restaurants. This makes it the perfect area for relaxing on the beach, drinking rum and watching the sunset but for those on a non-luxury budget, be aware that prices rise dramatically when the cruise ships are in town. For the true adventurers out there, the Eastern side of the Island is home to locals and several expats but getting there can be quite a challenge as the roads are somewhat precarious. Make it over to the Asylum Bar & Grill at Camp Bay however and not only will you experience the real Roatan but you’ll be treated to a well deserved ice cold beer too.
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