Scuba Diving in Honduras

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.

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Utila Island is located on top of the famous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. The fantastic world of these waters fascinates everyone who comes into contact with them. Grottoes and caves, incredible multi-colored coral and more than 500 species of fish attract beauty lovers like a magnet. In addition, the island itself was a transit point for pirates for centuries, including the famous Henry Morgan, so ancient treasures are hidden in its waters.
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System itself is almost one thousand kilometers of incredible beauty and diversity of coral. Underwater grottoes, towers, and caves inhabited by bright exotic fish are waiting to be seen by divers. One can meet here fast-moving barracudas, snake-like toothed moray eels, spotted eagle rays, achelatas, crabs and lobsters and graceful dolphins. There are also unique inhabitants here, such as huge manatees, that reach five meters in length and weigh 600 kilograms.
Duppy Waters is translated from the local dialect as "ghost water" due to the strange light that can be seen at night. The reef walls are steeply fall into the depths, and at seven meters deep, they turn into a fabulous coral garden. Among its inhabitants, there are royal blue tangs and creole labrus, rays: a whiptail stingray and eagle ray. In the reef wall, there are many crustaceans, underwater flowers, and huge barrel sponges. Turtles from surrounding reefs feed here.
Hawksbill Bank is an original underwater hill. Its base lies at a depth of 27 meters, and its summit does not reach 13 meters to the surface of the water. Here dwell the most ancient creatures: blue tunicates of an unearthly appearance. And here lives hawksbill sea turtle which is famous for its unusual pattern on the shell, and thanks to which the hill got its name.
Wreck of the Aquila. The wreckage of the sunken cargo ship is settled by the green moray eels, blue parrotfish and stone perch. The ship broke into 3 parts, which provided divers with a lot of mystical areas, cracks, and nooks to explore. In 1998, the vessel Halliburton was flooded to create an artificial reef. Shrimp, arrowhead crabs, spotted high-hats and fireworms now live in its cracks.
Memo Notes
Currency HNL - Honduran Lempira
Languages English, Spanish
Timezone UTC -6
Phone code 504
Emergency Help 911
Electricity

Type A - 110 V, 60 Hz

Type B - 110 V, 60 Hz

Dive Shops in Honduras

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.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

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

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.

Autumn

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

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.

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The Best Dive Sites

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.

Health & Safety

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.

Dangerous Marine Life

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.

Eat & Drinks

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.