In search of a new beach to enjoy your vacation? Visit the Bay island of Roatan not only to relax on the shore of pristine waters, but to have some mind-blowing deep diving experience you’ll probably not find anywhere else in the world. By Deepali Sharma
With the coastline of 50 kms, Roatan is the largest and the most developed part of the Bay Islands. The rich history of pirating makes it the most diverse of Bay Islands.
This Caribbean paradise provides the best in luxury vacation experience along with some some adrenaline kicking activities. You can not only relax on the white sandy beaches along the shores of crystal turquoise waters, but also go deep diving. Roatan is famous for its deep diving excursions around vibrant coral reefs.
Cruise ship passengers here, however, are mostly inclined to experience the best diving spots that this area is known for. The reef waters are perfect for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming with the dolphins.
This Bay Island is popular for its deep fishing charters. To add on to that, Roatan also hosts an International deep-sea fishing derby every September. While in Roatan, you can opt for numerous water activities.
In Roatan, unlike other beach destination, it’s not only about snorkelling and water sports, the abundant natural beauty here has something to offer for every kind of traveller. The zip-lining and canopy tour of the island is among the known tours of Honduras. Exploring secluded beaches on horseback, botanical gardens and rich fauna will gift you an experience of lifetime.
Due to the rich pirating history, a visit to the traditional Garifuna village of Punta Gorda is a must. These villages not only acquaint you with the history and culture of the island, but also lets you savour the traditional food. The Honduran coffee is considered to be one of the finest in the world. Other traditional Roatan cuisines include baleadas, pastilles and conch.
How to get there: You’ll have to fly to Roatan Honduras airport. International carriers like United, British Airways have flights from Delhi/Mumbai/Bangalore fly to South America, and you need to take a connecting flight from the US to Roatan Honduras. Expect a minimum of 2 stops and flying time of 18-20 hours.