The Bay Islands of Guanaja, Roatan, and Utila, are known for their incredible underwater world. Because of these beautiful and interesting views, there are countless underwater activities in the Bay Islands for you to take part in while on vacation. Take a look at some fantastic ways to enjoy the underwater world of the Bay Islands.
Underwater Activities in the Bay Islands
The reason there are so many underwater activities in Guanaja, Roatan, and Utila is because the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef terminates around these beautiful tropical islands. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world, behind only the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Beginning around the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and passing along the coast of Belize, this barrier reef rounds the Bay Islands of Honduras at its southernmost point.
Throughout this stunning reef system, you’ll find intriguing coral topography and abundant marine life. But the best part about the part of reef around the Bay Islands is its proximity to shore and the protective measures we have put in place to preserve this natural environment for generations to come.
Scuba Diving in the Bay Islands
Scuba diving was the original reason tourists came to the Bay Islands. Off the beaten track of the rest of the Caribbean islands, the Bay Islands offered avid scuba divers the opportunity to see a stunning, pristine reef system filled with marine life. Decades later, those original scuba diving tourists worked with the local island population to help create the conservation system we still employ in the Bay Islands.
If you want to see some of the most extraordinary underwater views on Earth, go scuba diving in the Bay Islands. You can become part of the islands’ history by continuing the efforts already put in place for conservation and preservation, all while enjoying intriguing coral reef and friendly marine life.
Snorkeling in the Bay Islands
Snorkeling is the second most popular activity in the Bay Islands, offering any non-divers the chance to still see some astounding underwater views. Snorkeling around these Caribbean islands is easy, with a coral reef that rests close to shore and calm waters to make your activity easy and enjoyable. Snorkeling around Guanaja, Roatan, and Utila is a truly remarkable experience.
Some advice to enjoy your snorkeling adventure in the Bay Islands: wear a long sleeved shirt to protect yourself from sunburn without having to apply lots of sunscreen that is harmful to our coral reef. We don’t want you to get burned, but we also want you to please help us to protect this fragile ecosystem.
Additionally, always beware of boat traffic and stay inside swim zones and away from boat channels. If you’re unsure where to go, ask your vacation rental property manager or the concierge at your hotel or resort. You can also opt to snorkel with most of the dive shops on the islands, or with designated snorkel tours.
Underwater Activities for Non-Swimmers
Even if you don’t swim, you can still enjoy the beautiful underwater views in the Bay Islands. There are glass-bottom boats and underwater scooters in Roatan, plus the world-famous Stanley Submarine for those seeking extra adventure.
Whatever underwater activities you choose to do in the Bay Islands, we know you’ll enjoy the views!
Please remember to do your part to be a friendly tourist, and follow some basic rules while underwater:
- Never touch any marine life or coral.
- Do not stand on the coral while snorkeling or diving.
- Do not remove anything from the ocean, unless you are removing recent trash.
- Minimize your use of harmful chemicals found in common sunscreens and bug repellents. Use eco-friendly versions, or at least wait until you are out of the water to apply.
Thank you for helping us to preserve this beautiful natural environment for future generations to enjoy!