Diving in Honduras, Central America

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Honduras is one of the biggest countries in Central America. It is bordered by Guatemala in the East, El Salvador and Nicaragua in the South. The bodies of water that surround it are the Pacific ocean and the Caribbean.

Diving in Honduras is popular for scuba divers and beginner divers thanks to its calm and warm waters although advanced divers would also love its sheer drop-off points. The most visited islands are Roatan and Utila both sporting warm tropical waters with excellent water visibility and excellent marine life.

One of the most popular dive sites in Roatan, the Mary’s Reef, stands out because of its exhilarating wall dive that starts with a vertical crevice at the depth of 12m dropping to 61m to a sand ledge sporting prolific black corals, sponges, and large sea fans.

 For the wreck divers, there is the El Aguila, a sunken cargo ship that is now an artificial reef attracting prolific marine life. At 29m she is quite unique as her hull was broken into three sections by a hurricane. Technical divers may now explore the interiors but the beginner divers could still enjoy the variety of reef marine life in the area.

The Utila diving site boasts of two marine parks teeming with a plenitude of marine life. One of the popular destinations is the Black Hills, not very far from the shore. The common animals to see varies but if you love seeing pelagic fishes such as barracuda, yellow tail snapper and horse eye jack, you'd love this area. And the drop is quite exhilarating in itself – over 49m below the trench.

However, if you really love to see various fishes, visit the Aquarium. Its name speaks for itself as it is indeed teeming with a plenitude of marine life such as tropical fishes and rare octopus sightings.

There is also a popular wreck site in Utila known as the Haliburton at 30m deep which is now home to prolific marine life particularly the resident Green Moray.

What makes Honduras diving so special is the monthly sightings of whale sharks which are believed to be feeding in the area.

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Honduras is an active participant in marine conservation. There are several marine reservations in the area and the most notable is The Bay Islands sporting most of Caribbean’s dense corals and marine life.

Honduras has a subtropical and temperate climate.

The water temperature hovers around 27°C/78F in January to March and around 28°C/82F in July to September.

Honduras sports a year round diving season.

Natural hazards include mild earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding on the Caribbean coast.

The main point of entry to Honduras are the international airports in San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa (Toncontin) and Roatan.

Domestic flights are served by Isleña, Atlantic and Aerolinas Sosa but be forewarned that they have cancellations most of the time and they don't offer refunds. This makes it a must to always coordinate with your travel agent.

There are also buses, trains, taxis and rental cars.

The overall transportation system of Honduras is good but for your convenience and safety, coordinate with your travel agent.

Use the following links for more information about;

- Decompression Chambers in Honduras

- Foreign Travel Advice for Honduras(UK Government)

- More about Honduras  (Wikipedia)

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