Roatán is an island paradise, but there is plenty to do outside of rest and relax. The unique location provides the ideal environment for snorkeling, diving, and fishing. Explore the second largest barrier reef in the world and experience the abundant marine life under the sea.
Roatán is also home to award-winning West Bay Beach, for the days where you do want to lounge, and fishing is an enjoyable activity for those who want to stay above water. Golf is a popular pastime on the island, and Roatán boasts a course created by renowned architect Pete Dye. Play 18 holes and enjoy stunning ocean views!
Roatán has a wide variety of wildlife. Birders will love spotting the feathered fauna that migrate through. And for those seeking rare experiences, you can observe the spiny-backed iguana! Roatán is the only place in the world to find this reptile. Roatán is also home to the largest and most varied species of butterflies north of the Amazon River.
With crystal clear water and almost a hundred unspoiled dive sites, Roatán offers some of the best diving in the Caribbean. Located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the longest and largest reef in the world, divers in Roatán will experience a wide range of marine life. There are over 70 types of hard corals and almost 500 species of fish. Water temperatures are warm year-round, averaging at 80° F (28° C).
Famous dive sites include Mandy’s Eel Garden, a shallow dive that is great for first time divers, and El Aguila, a 210-foot cargo ship that was intentionally sunk in 1997 that rests between two coral outcroppings. Night dives are also popular in Roatán—after every Full Moon, divers experience what’s known as “The String of Pearls”, a natural phenomenon where microscopic pelagic shrimp glow with phosphorescence and leave light trails in the water.