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Roatan Fishing - How is Fishing in Roatan?

on Wednesday, 11 December 2013. Posted in Tourism Roatan Blog

Roatan Fishing - How is Fishing in Roatan?

By Avi D'souza

Everyone knows Roatan for its amazing scuba diving, snorkeling and perfect beaches. So how is it for fishing? Well first off, Roatan´s main source of income for decades has been fishing (and piracy but that is another history lesson). Coxen Hole, French Harbour and Oak Ridge are home to large fleets of fishing and shrimping trawlers. Most of which is exported to the U.S. and around the globe. The waters around Honduras were so rich that the wealthiest families on the island made their fortunes in fishing not tourism. Today much of the island is sustained by tourism.

Learn more about Roatan Fishing

For quite some time, Roatan was a sport fisherman’s best kept secret. The waters are great for Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi Mahi fishing. Early September is also a great time to fish for Marlin as well which run through these waters. Roatan annually hosts the fishing tournament during this period and this year attracted million dollar fishing yachts from all over the Caribbean.

When going deep sea fishing in Roatan there are a couple important thing to remember:

1)      Have no expectations, any time out on a boat is a good time. It’s called fishing, not catching and everyone gets skunked sometime.

2)      Choose a good captain. A good captain knows the waters like the back of his hand. He eats, breathes, sleeps fishing (and often time smells the part)

3)      Choose a comfortable boat. Nothing is more frustrating than losing a catch because you couldn’t maneuver on the boat. Pick a boat which gives you the space to fish properly. Many companies will help you find other anglers to split a charter so you can have a nicer boat at a fraction of the price.

4)      Look for cues. Many times you can tell what’s below the surface by what’s above. Look for seabirds.

5)      Know your limits. If you can’t live without fishing, an 8 hour charter is the way to go. But for most people 4 hours is perfect.

Happy Fishing! Learn more about Roatan Fishing...

 

For a closer look at Roatan Island, browse the Tourism Roatan site. We provide detailed, comprehensive information on Roatan Diving, Roatan accommodation, Roatan dining & restaurants, Roatan shore excursions, Roatan spas, Roatan Weddings and more - the most comprehensive travel information website for the Western Caribbean Island of Roatan

Bay Islands, Honduras - Which is the Best Bay Island?

on Tuesday, 03 December 2013. Posted in Tourism Roatan Blog

Bay Islands, Honduras - Which is the Best Bay Island?

By Avi D'souza

Which is the Best Bay Island?

This answer will vary depending on what you are looking for:

Roatan:

Roatan is definitely the most developed of the Bay Islands. Over the years significant infrastructure has been put in place so the island offers just about every amenity you could ask for. Good food, good shopping, beautiful beaches, amazing diving, security. It is very easy to fly into Roatan RTB or take the ferry direct from the mainland. Costs are higher then the other bay islands for food, electricity and most other things (not always justifiably so) but most of the time there are prices to suit every budget. The island can get a lot o cruise ship traffic in high season but they are only there for the day and it immensely benefits the local economy. Many “Old Timers” will reminisce and complain about how the island was back in their day, but it still is a very magical place in my opinion. It has a long way to go before it starts to feel soul less like Cancun or Grand Cayman.

Utila:

Utila is the second most developed of the Bay Islands. The population and size are a fraction of Roatan and just about everything is situated off the main road. Utila´s claim to fame is Whale sharks and cheap food, accommodations and diving. This makes it a very popular destination for young central American back packers who survive on under $20 a day. In my opinion it’s more of a hedonistic paradise and you can get a lot with a small budget. The downside is it is a bit trickier to get to, it is more difficult to get more specialized amenities and they don’t have many external excursions on the island.

Guanaja:

Guanaja is a fairly large island and is mostly uninhabited. It has miles of unspoilt beaches and great diving. The majority of the population lives on a tiny densely packed island of Bonaca. Some things are cheaper in Guanaja but the lack of steady transport to the island makes most things (food, accommodations) more expensive. Guanaja is know for being off the beaten path and also has a beautiful waterfall. Transport to Guanaja is easiest by private boat charter or flying from the main land of Honduras.

Cayos Cochinos:

Cayos Cochinos is geographically the smallest and least inhabited of the Bay Islands. Cayos Cochinos is composed of small cays and 2 large jungle covered islands (Cayos Minor and Cayos Grande). The islands are very sparsely populated with most of the population (under 600) living on the large islands or the village of Chachahuate. Personally, Cayos Cochinos is my favourite island. It has amazing untouched reefs, beautiful white sand beaches and just the lack of tourism makes it a gem.

Avi and the team at West Bay Tours are local experts who can help you get the most out of your Bay Islands vacation. Visit their site to learn more.

Christmas Special 2013 Barefoot Cay Resort

on Monday, 02 December 2013. Posted in Tourism Roatan Blog

Christmas Special 2013 Barefoot Cay Resort

The 12 Days of Christmas- a New Special Starting Every Day!

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a huge last- minute savings
Book between Dec 1-15th:  Save 50% on room rates for dates now to December 20th.  

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the 2nd person 1/2 price in January.
Book between December 2-15th: book 1 inclusive weekly package, 2nd person pays 1/2 price.

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a decadent spa indulgence in February.
Book between Dec 3-15th:  book any week stay in February, and get a $100 spa voucher

On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, wine and complimentary room service for dinner in March.
Book between Dec 4-15th, book any week stay in March, and receive a bottle of house wine and complimentary room service for dinner on your night of choice.

On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a mini shopping spree in April.
Book between Dec 5-15th: book any week stay in April, and receive a $50 resort shop gift certificate.

On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, scuba diving for free.
Book between Dec 6-15th: book any weekly inclusive dive package in May, and pay the non-diver price.

On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 20% off room rates in June.
Book between December 7-15th, save 20% on our accommodation rates.

On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, romance in July.
Book between Dec 8-15th: book a stay in July, and receive a bottle of champagne and flowers romantically arranged in your room on arrival.

On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the 4th person absolutely free.
Book between Dec 9-15th: book a two-bedroom oceanview loft suite or two-bedroom beachfront villa for any inclusive week stay in August, and the 4th person's package is free.

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, suite September savings.
Book between Dec 10-15th: Save 30% on loft suites and partial villa suite accommodate rates for September dates.

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 1/2 price diving instructions in October.
Book between Dec 11-15th:  October.1/2 price any open water, advanced or specialty course when booking a week stay in October.

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, $150 per person saving in November.
Book between Dec 12-15th: Save $150 per person on any weekly inclusive stay in November.

All specials apply to new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other promotion.   To book any of the above specials, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Roatan Events - U.S. Thanksgiving at Bananarama Dive Resort

on Wednesday, 20 November 2013. Posted in Tourism Roatan Blog

Will you be travelling to Roatan over the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday? Bananarama Dive Resort is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet dinner on November 28th from 4:30pm - 7:00pm. Imagine, you can spend the holiday weekend in a tropical island paradise without missing the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixings. Here's the menu:

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Here's wishing all our U.S. visitors a very happy Thanksgiving holiday and thank you for spending it with us here on Roatan!

For a closer look at Roatan Island, browse the Tourism Roatan site. We provide detailed, comprehensive information on Roatan {rsseo 90}, Roatan accommodation, Roatan dining & restaurants, Roatan shore excursions, Roatan spas, Roatan Weddings and more - the most comprehensive travel information website for the Western Caribbean Island of Roatan

Roatan Excursions to Cayos Cochinos

on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Tourism Roatan Blog

Day trips to Cayos Cochinos from Roatan are easy with West Bay Tours offering two trips weekly. These remote yet accessible islands offer a day of nature, culture, food and music.

 

For a closer look at Roatan Island, browse the Tourism Roatan site. We provide detailed, comprehensive information on Roatan {rsseo 90}, Roatan accommodation, Roatan dining & restaurants, Roatan shore excursions, Roatan spas, Roatan Weddings and more - the most comprehensive travel information website for the Western Caribbean Island of Roatan

Tropic Air Flights to Roatan

on Friday, 27 September 2013. Posted in Tourism Roatan Blog

PRESS RELEASE

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, September 19, 2013

TROPIC AIR TO COMMENCE SERVICE TO ROATAN, HONDURAS

On November 13, 2013. Tropic Air will commence non-stop service to Roatan from Belize City's Phillip Goldson International Airport (BZE). Flights are 3 times weekly with a plan to increase as demand warrants.

Passengers from Roatan will be able to connect to and from the many multi-daily non-stop international flights that Belize City has to offer (Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Charlotte, Houston, Miami, and Atlanta among others). The Roatan flights also connect to Tropic Air’s other international services to Cancun (Mexico),  Flores (Guatemala) and San Pedro Sula in addition to its 11 domestic destinations within Belize.

In addition to trade and commerce, this service also opens up many new opportunities for the tourism market, with hotels in both destinations already partnering up to offer double dip vacations, further diversifiying the tourism offering of both Belize and Roatan.

Tropic's schedule between Belize City International and Roatan:

DEPARTS - Belize City Int'l (BZE), 4:15PM

ARRIVES - Roatan (RTB), 5:15PM

Wed, Fri, Sun

DEPARTS - Roatan (RTB), 7:00AM

ARRIVES - Belize City Int'l (BZE), 8:00AM

Thur, Sat, Mon

ALL TIMES LOCAL

With the addition of Roatan, Tropic Air will serve 15 destinations in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

The new service bookable via the web at www.tropicair.com, via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by phone at (501) 226-2012, by contacting any of our stations, or your friendly travel professional.

Roatan Catamaran Tours

on Monday, 16 September 2013. Posted in Tourism Roatan Blog

Roatan catamaran tours by West Bay Tours can show you the best of the island's water playground. Enjoy a day of sailing, snorkeling and partying aboard a luxurious 52 ft. Catamaran in Roatan. The catamaran can pick you up from your resort dock in the West End or West Bay. During your sail you will explore the Roatan coast and stop to snorkel the best dive sites in Roatan (Blue Channel, Spookey Channel or the captains choice which is a well guarded secret).

 

West Bay Tours is the leader in Roatan in offering visitors deep sea fishing trips, a variety of boat charters as well as excursions to the deserted islands of Cayos Cochinos. Both cruise ship passengers and independent travellers are experiencing the best Roatan has to offer with West Bay Tours!

Roatan Excursions with West Bay Tours

on Wednesday, 24 July 2013. Posted in Tourism Roatan Blog

Roatan Excursions with West Bay Tours

West Bay Tours is the leader in Roatan in offering visitors deep sea fishing trips, a variety of boat charters as well as excursions to the deserted islands of Cayos Cochinos. Both cruise ship passengers and independent travellers are experiencing the best Roatan has to offer with West Bay Tours!

BOAT CHARTERS & EXCURSIONS

West Bay Tours has become the leader in sending visitors to the deserted islands of Cayos Cochinos. We send at least two trips a week, typically on Wednesdays and Thursdays on a 38 foot luxury yacht or 600 hp speedboat. Along with boat trips to Cayos Cochinos, we also send guests to Utila, on Whale Shark expeditions (December, March, April), deep sea fishing trips, snorkel trips out the Pigeon Cay and Sunset cruises onboard our 30 foot sailboat or 52 foot Catamaran.

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS

Cruise ship passengers can enjoy our 4 hour sailing and snorkeling trips, private deep sea fishing trips or island tours to explore Roatan while they are here for the day.

SPECIAL EVENTS & GROUPS

For family reunions, weddings and other big groups we send guests out on the 52 foot Catamaran for a sunset sail or the 70 foot private yacht charter to explore the reefs of Roatan.

WEST BAY TOURS' VISITOR SERVICES

As tour experts, we can also help visitors with a variety of other fun activities on the island like swimming with dolphins, renting ATVs and getting PADI certified. Whether you are a large party or small, looking for a small boat or the biggest Yacht in Roatan, we can help you organize it. We look forward to showing you all the spectacular activities Roatan has to offer! Call us or email us and we would be happy to answer all of your questions.

Check out West Bay Tours for more information.

 

For a closer look at Roatan Island, browse the Tourism Roatan site. We provide detailed, comprehensive information on Roatan {rsseo 90}, Roatan accommodation, Roatan dining & restaurants, Roatan shore excursions, Roatan spas, Roatan Weddings and more - the most comprehensive travel information website for the Western Caribbean Island of Roatan

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