Roatan (aka Ruatan, Rattan) is the largest of the Bay Islands, which are a part of Honduras, lying just over 48 km from the northern coast of the Honduran mainland. It is known around the world for its scuba diving. The reef surrounding the island attracts beautiful tropical fish and snorkellers alike. Dive attractions include sea walls and shiowrecks. Sea turtles, dolphins, and whales swim in the waters of Roatan. On the other hand Roatan is an island with various beaches, distinctive for their quietness, and crystal clear waters that will make you enjoy the sea as if you were in an enormous natural swimming pool.
There are several well developed communities that are well worth visiting, each with their own attractions, such as Coxen Hole, French Harbour, West Bay, and West End. For example an iguana farm east of French Harbor provides a refuge for thousands of iguanas and is open for tourists. Take a tour that buses guests to a great height and then the participants take the Zipline down to the coast, enjoying some fantastic scenery along the way. Visit the Sante’ Wellnes Centre Day Spa in a most peaceful setting and experience a comprehensive spa and massage therapy session. Whatever you do keep a lookout for the parrots, iguana, and monkeys that live in the wild on this tropical island. Absorb the atmosphere of the local community by visiting Earth Mama’s Garden Cafe and Lifestyle for great food on a budget.