When you visit the Bay Islands, you’ll have to enjoy at least one day out at sea. You need to take in the stunning views of the islands from the water and enjoy the fresh salt air and sunshine. Boat tours in the Bay Islands are a perfect way to truly appreciate the natural beauty of these Caribbean islands. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the Bay Islands by boat during your visit.
If you’re not a fan of the open ocean or find yourself feeling seasick at the thought of sitting in a boat for several hours, taking a water taxi is an easy – and cheap! – way to see more of the island from the sea. You won’t be far from shore, but you’ll still benefit from the views as you take in the island’s scenery surrounded by the gorgeous aquas and blues of the Caribbean Sea and sky.
Take Your Own Tour
Rent a kayak or paddleboard and head out from shore to get some gorgeous views of the island from the sea. You won't travel far, but you'll get a nice chance to paddle around for a different vantage point. It's also a fun way to exercise!
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Tours
Another great option for those averse to open ocean is to take a snorkeling tour, or to go scuba diving. The Bay Islands are recognized as one of the premier locations in the world for scuba diving and snorkeling. You can enjoy a quick boat ride out to the coral reef fringing the islands, don your mask, and off you go to explore the marine life and coral.
You’ll enjoy the views from the sea, get out onto the water farther from shore, and you’ll be able to enjoy looking straight down from the boat to the sandy bottom below in such clear Caribbean water.
Fishing Boat Trips and Tours
Deep-sea fishing is incredibly popular in the Bay Islands, bringing avid fishermen from around the world to compete in Roatan’s annual International Fishing Tournament each September. Whether you’re a professional, an amateur, or you couldn’t even identify a fishing rod from a tree branch, there is a fishing boat tour for you in the Bay Islands.
Because of the proximity of the coral reef to shore around the islands, your boat trip doesn’t have to be long before you reach thousands of feet of depth. This means you don’t need to take an all-day fishing trip in the Bay Islands. You can head out for a few hours and then be back for happy hour. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours at sea, taking in the views and the fresh air, and perhaps catching a fresh dinner, too!
Island Boat Tours in the Bay Islands
There are many options for taking island boat tours around the Bay Islands. You can visit Cayos Cochinos (the Hog Islands), which are between the Bay Islands and the Honduran mainland. They are known as one of the most pristine coral reef locations in the world and the home of a small Garifuna community as well, creating a memorable trip.
You can head to Pigeon Cay, off Roatan’s eastern shore, for a day of fishing, snorkeling, and fun out on a tiny speck of sand in the sea. You could also do a mangrove tunnel tour at Roatan's East End to see the tunnels the Paya cut out for easier access.
You can head to the other Bay Islands on a day trip, although you’ll want to stay overnight to truly enjoy your time there! A boat trip between Utila and Roatan is usually about 3.5 hours, between Roatan and Guanaja is typically about 2.5 hours from the Oakridge area.
What better way to toast to another perfect day in paradise than to enjoy a sunset cruise along the coast? Enjoy picture-perfect sunset views, a cold beverage, and maybe even some live music as you cruise around the shore of your particular Bay Island. Cheers!