Get to Know Roatan
Roatan is part of the Bay Islands, located 40 miles off the coast of Honduras. It is 37 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point, and is very hilly and green.
American Indians first populated these islands until Christopher Columbus stumbled upon them when the Spanish were mining for silver and gold on the mainland. After that first discovery, Roatan became home to pirates (Blackbeard, John Coxen and Henry Morgan all spent time here), Spanish, British and Black Caribs in the several hundred years that followed. So while we are part of Honduras, our history is steeped in several other cultures and our first language is English, although the locals all speak English and Spanish. Our population is somewhere between 70,000 and 100,000 people, but there are no accurate census so we have no clue!
If you’d like to learn more about our island and culture, there are plenty of island tours, where you can visit the mangroves of the east end, the Iguana Farm in French Cay, the garifuna culture of Punta Gorda and the Blue Harbor Arboretum near Coxen Hole.
Scuba diving, of course!
Oh, you want to know what else to do when you’re not blowing bubbles? The island is full of activities for the whole family, both on the water and on land.
The fishing on Roatan is so great that we even have an annual international fishing tournament, with a great chance of catching tuna, wahoo, barracuda and mahi mahi. You can also do fishing and snorkeling charters to our neighboring islands, or snorkel right off the beach as well. Paddleboarding, kayaking, and parasailing are great ways to spend your mornings before relaxing on the beach in the afternoon. Roatan is also home to Black Pearl, a world class golf course located at Pristine Bay Resort in French Harbor.
dive on the mesoamerican reef
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (the second largest in the world) is visible from shore and is the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea. Honduras is responsible for approximately 160km2 of coral reef. Of this, over 60% of the marine territory is protected and 10% of the reefs are under full protection. Roatan has the healthiest RHI (Reef Health Indicator) of all 3 Bay Islands scoring 3.8 out of 5. Honduras has a HRI of 3.3 out of 5 as of 2015. The four Reef Health Indicators are: live coral cover, fleshy macro algal cover, key herbivorous fish, and key commercial fish.