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Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, measures almost 40 miles in length with a landmass of 49 square miles. This lush, tropical island has a mountainous backbone and is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world. Roatan enjoys extremely comfortable year-round temperatures, averaging 27°C (80°F), and boasts white-sand beaches, lush valleys, a low cost of living, a safe environment, and friendly locals.
Life and culture on Roatan are different from mainland Honduras. Although the official language of Honduras is Spanish, because of Roatan’s unique history, English is widely spoken. For 200 years, Spanish conquistadores and British pirates battled for control of these islands, with the English controlling Roatan for many years.
Utila is the Western-most of the Bay Islands of Honduras, and has become increasingly popular due to its party atmosphere, great vacation prices, amazing diving, and as a prime spot for Whale Shark encounters. The whale shark is the world's largest fish, and this slow-moving giant is a harmless zooplankton-, snapper egg- and shrimp-eating fish. Growing up to an incredible 12-18 meters in length, you just have to come and see it for yourself!
Getting to Utila is easy, with a large passenger ferry servicing the island daily from the coastal city of La Ceiba. The one-hour trip covers the 18 miles between La Ceiba and Utila, and the ferry service is offered twice daily. The domestic airport receives a daily flight from a local airline and there are charter airlines who fly on demand as well. You will need to show your passport when you purchase your ticket.
Guajana 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.