Green Paradise of the Bay Islands
Guanaja is the lesser known of the Bay Islands and thus offers unique opportunities of discovery before flocks of tourists decide to visit! Guanaja would certainly be considered an off-the-beaten-path destination, ideal for the adventurous traveler seeking to discover a new destination.
Guanaja is the most exotic and relaxing of the three Bay Islands, located approximately 43 miles off the north coast of Honduras and 7.5 miles from the island of Roatan. One of the cays off Guanaja, called Bonnaca or The Cay, is near the main island and is home to most of the approximately 10,000 people who live in Guanaja. The densely populated cay has been described as the Venice of Honduras because of the waterways that run through it. The other two main settlements on Guanaja are Mangrove Bight and Savannah Bight.
Learn About Guanaja
Guanaja is an island rich in colonial history, discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502, during his fourth and last voyage. He named it Guanaja, meaning Pine Island, due to the numerous pine trees that were in the island at that time. Sadly, most of the pine trees that covered Guanaja were destroyed by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.
Arriving to Guanaja may be your biggest challenge, but it is well worth it! You have several options to get to Guanaja. You can fly directly to Roatan from many international destinations, and then charter a boat or take the weekly Saturday flight from Roatan to Guanaja. If you can’t wait for Saturday to come, you could fly to Roatan and then take two 15-30 minutes flights: one to La Ceiba on the mainland, and then another to Guanaja.
The diving resorts in Guanaja are small and intimate, but they offer magnificent views and world-class diving. You'll enjoy outstanding open water experiences that will enhance your adventurous travels. Of the three Bay Islands, Guanaja is the only one to boast several small waterfalls, the most beautiful of which is accessible from the north side of the island.
Banking is limited on the island of Guanaja. It is recommended you carry cash, as traveler’s checks are not accepted and cannot be changed at the bank. Credit cards are not typically accepted anywhere.
Visitors to Guanaja enjoy the island's natural beauty, abundant waterfalls, long beaches, mountains, lakes, and mangroves. This is the reason why the municipality promotes the island under the slogan “Green Island.”
Guanaja's warm, clear, turquoise waters support an extensive coral reef that is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world. The underwater views around Guanaja are unparalleled - little tourism or industrial damage has been done to the stunning marine life, leaving it truly pristine.