Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras located about 36 miles off Honduras' northern coast. It is situated in the western region of the Caribbean Sea. At 30 miles long and and less than 3 miles wide, Roatan has a total land mass of about 49 square miles (127 square kilometers). It may be reached by air with direct flights from the United States or by a new and modern ferry from the mainland port of La Ceiba (80 minutes).
The island has a mountainous backbone surrounded by warm Caribbean waters with gentle trade winds. A portion of the Great Western Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest barrier reef, embraces the island on the north shore. The reef provides calm, clear protected beaches for swimming and snorkeling, and hosts many varieties of sea life.
Honduras is said to have 70% of the sea life in the Caribbean. It is known as one of the few places in the world to see whale sharks (vegetarian) and seahorses. While the Bay Islands are known for their spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling, sea kayaking and sports fishing (both fly fishing for bonefish, permit, and tarpon; deep-water fishing for tuna, wahoo, and marlin) are some of the best in the Caribbean.
This hilly Caribbean island is as picturesque as it is unspoiled. Islanders enjoy trade winds the majority of the year, keeping the temperature averages between 80°F to 88°F daytime, with nights between 70°F to 76°F. The warm and comfortable climate provides an ideal environment for the lush and exotic plant life found on the island as well as the people who choose to make Roatan their island home.