Honduras (República de Honduras) is washed from the south by the Pacific Ocean and by the Caribbean Sea from the north. The state includes many small islands. For example, the island of Utila is five kilometers wide, thirteen kilometers long, and a part of the Islas de la Bahía archipelago, and is located fifty kilometers from the northern shores of the country. Despite the small size, and most likely it's even thanks to it, Utila is one of the most delightful places on earth. The conditions there are just perfect for scuba diving. Thanks to this, the island has become a Mecca for diving.
Coral reefs of extraordinary beauty, flocks of brightly colored fish, ornamental plants are waiting for divers all around the coast of Honduras. You will see a large sea turtle, most likely meet a moray eel, and, of course, with a fair amount of luck, there is a chance to come across a whale shark, which is not dangerous for people.
Honduras is famous for the low cost of its dive shops. Therefore, novice divers prefer to learn to dive and get their course attainment certificates here. Diving centers offer tours to sites, equipment hire, refilling cylinders, technical diving. The centers are often located in hotels that focus on servicing deep-sea diving lovers.
Spring is the dry season here. The rainy season arrives only in May and it becomes noticeably hotter. But comfortable conditions for diving remain. Water temperatures increase slightly.
Summer in Honduras is hot and rainy. It is difficult for Europeans to tolerate such a combination of heat and humidity, therefore the tourist season, despite the warm sea, is sluggish. Water temperature reaches a record high of +31 ° C.
Until October, the weather remains hot and rainy. From the middle of the month the rains stop, the days and nights become noticeably cooler, and it is much easier to breathe. Tropical cyclones dominate Honduras in autumn.
Winter is the dry season in Honduras. The entire coast is suitable for diving. Optimum water visibility is in February. The temperature of the sea reaches +29 ° C in the shallows and up to +26 ° C in deep waters. The air warms up to +26 ° C.
Mary’s Place is an underwater hill in the south of Roatán Island, split into three parts by an earthquake. It includes crevices and tunnels that are populated by colorful fish, turtles, crabs, and lobsters.
The Spooky Channel cuts through the reef from the end of the Sunnyside Pier and looks like a cave with canopies and cracks. The side walls taper upward, but still allow the light to penetrate inside and illuminate the path.
Honduras has a low level of medical services. Ambulance services in large cities are limited, in other places, it is not present at all. We strongly recommend having medical insurance. Prior to your trip, you should get yellow fever, malaria, dysentery, cholera, Hepatitis B, and typhus vaccinations. It is not safe in Honduras, you need to be vigilant in the street, it is recommended to avoid all kinds of demonstrations.
Barracuda and moray eel are more dangerous than sharks in the Caribbean Region. Due to the attraction of small feeding predators, many divers are left without fingers, because the teeth of these sea creatures are extremely sharp. It is also worth fearing the pterois. Poisonous spines hid in their fins that cause convulsions and heart attacks or even be lethal.
The basis of local cuisine is rice, legumes, fish and meat dishes prepared according to the Spanish and Indian traditions. The favorite food of Hondurans is bananas. They are fried, added to dough, brewed as beverages.
Try sopa de carakol, a clam soup of molluscs with spices. As well as pescado frito con tajadas, fish with potato garnish. It's usually baked on coals. From the variety of meat dishes, we recommend tasting the chicken stewed in coconut milk. From drinks, one should definitely try horchata, which is boiled from rice or other grains.
Water quality is often poor due to inadequate treatment, so the best solution is to buy bottled drinking water.