Guanaja is a diver’s dream destination. Because of its isolation, the diving is pristine and flourishing with colorful coral and marine life.
Guanaja is the most remote of the Bay Islands, about 43 miles north of mainland Honduras and eight miles from Roatán and part of the volcanic and coral mountain range called The Bonacca Ridge. The area is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and offers some of the most virgin reefs the Caribbean has to experience.
Guanaja is known as the “Green Island” of Honduras for its lush green forests. The island was “discovered” by Christopher Columbus on his fourth and final voyage to the West Indies and called it Isla de Los Pinos (Island of the Pines).
Clark’s Cay Dive Resort
Their friendly and professional staff pride themselves on not just being your guides but your dive concierges, so please plan on leaving the lifting, hauling and packing of all the dive gear to them! Their team will carefully carry your gear onto the boats, prepare it for the dive, change it over for the second dive and rinse and store it at the end of the day. Your only assignment while onboard is to do a check to make sure you have all your gear before we depart, then sit back and enjoy the ride.
Dunbar Rock Dive Center
The boats have wide platforms for giant stride entries and sturdy ladders for exiting the water. They are provisioned with drinking water, fruit for snacking, freshwater showers, towels, camera rinse tanks, dry storage, shaded areas and all required safety equipment.
Cabañas on Clark’s Cay
Clark’s Cay is a private island getaway that you will never forget. Your own island to relax and dive. The cabañas offer an open-air restaurant and bar, waterpark and spa. Each cabaña has a unique design and jungle feel with amazing views of the Caribbean.
Villa on Dunbar Rock
The Villa on Dunbar Rock is a truly unique experience. This 15,000 square foot property is perched on an outcropping with 360° views of Sandy Bay, Guanaja, and surrounding cays; this unique resort blends beauty and serenity.
September 9-16, 2023
September 16-23, 2023
What To Expect
There are over 50 dive sites around Guanaja and about six more that the dive staff keeps secret for their special guests like us. You’ll get the opportunity to dive walls, swim throughs and wrecks, including the Jado Trader, one of the most popular wrecks in the Caribbean. Visibility is usually around 100 feet, and there are also more than 300 identified fish species in the area!
Keep your eyes out for:
- Eagle rays
- Caribbean reef squid
- Nurse sharks
- Decorator crabs
The reef is also home to rare black coral and sponges of all colors. The reef around Guanaja is a protected marine reserve and the local dive centers in the area are REEF Conservation Partners. The partnership allows the centers to sponsor conservation outreach and education programs.
The natives of Guanaja are descendants of the original immigrants of the Bahamas and Cayman Islands. Today, the majority of islanders are Honduran. Common languages spoken are Spanish, English and a type of Creole English.
Kayaking is a great way to explore the nearby cays, paddle to the main island or simply tour around the waters. Those interested in a more in-depth kayak experience should consider making a reservation for an all-day sea kayaking tour with our “neighbor” Roland.
During the week when returning from diving or killing time on a surface interval, you may want to take a short hike up to one of the small but picturesque waterfalls and explore the gardens surrounding Bo’s place.
Guanaja Town, also known as Bonnaca, is a must-see when exploring the islands. The buildings are packed together along a series of canals. It’s an interesting sight and the locals are very friendly.
“I feel like I’m royalty when I travel with Diventures. They take care of almost everything, keeping the travelers informed along the way.”
Know Before You Go
For entry into Honduras, a vaccination record or a negative COVID test is currently required. Diventures will monitor COVID requirements closely and alert customers to any changes.
There are no adapters required. If you’re visiting from the States, you won’t need to worry about an adapter for your cell phone or computer.
You need a passport that is valid for 6 months after your arrival.
Honduras Lempira is Guanaja’s currency, credit cards and USD are also accepted.
Spanish and English
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