Where Is It?
The Bay Islands 50km off the Honduras coast comprise of various atolls and cays of startling beauty and rich marine life. The most famous of the islands, Roatan and Utila are known for the warm Caribbean waters and the ability to see the giant Whale Shark. Part of the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef system in the world, the Bay Islands are home to diverse coral, rays, turtles and sharks. The Aggressor fleet’s Roatan Aggressor ship allows clients the opportunity to experience the Bay Islands in all their splendour.
When To Go?
Choosing the correct time to visit the Bay Islands is imperative due to unpredictable weather. While the diving is impressive all year, the winter months bring water temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius (78 Fahrenheit), while the summer months can see temperatures soar to over 29 degrees Celsius (84 Fahrenheit). While the visibility of the islands is usually in excess of 25 metres (80 feet), and can reach up to 50 metres (160 feet), the hurricane season from June to October can cause slight drops in visibility. In turn while the majority of the marine flora and fauna of the islands are endemic, the whale shark, is best seen of the north shore of Utila and south of Roatan from March to May and again from August to October.
West End Wall
A splendidly covered coral wall, the west end drop off is a powerful drift dive where schools of pelagic fish including barracuda and jacks can be seen in vast numbers. Furthermore the exquisite eagle rays with their spotted bodies can be seen passing by the wall. On a full moon seek the large bump-headed parrotfish, a rare sight for all divers.
The remains of this concrete laiden ship rests at a depth of 35 metres (110 feet). 70 metres long (230 feet), the Aguila is located 5 minutes from the coast of Roatan. Fun swim throughs and resident garden eels, blue parrotfish and rays can be seen.
An impressive landscape dive, with multiple canyons and mazes, natural light perforates through the rocks giving an ethereal feel to this dive. Morays, rays, and the occasional bottlenose dolphin can be seen.
Depending on the weather and sea condition Coco’s seamount is one of the more impressive dives on the Bay Islands. Spotted eagle rays, barracuda as well as horse-eye jacks and blue chromis are abundant. On a day where luck prevails, divers will have the opportunity to swim with the largest fish on the planet, the whale shark.
How To Get There?
Most American airlines will fly directly to Roatan Airport. However for the tourists from further afield, and those whom may enjoy the Central American flavour, fly to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras or in turn Guatemala City. From these airports bus journeys and ferries alike will take you to Roatan. Once in Roatan, the Aggressor ship will depart from the French Harbour. Your journey on the Aggressor will start here, and 5 dives a day will be offered.
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