Guanaja is a diver’s dream destination. Because of its isolation, the diving is filled with colorful coral, beautiful reefs, and a variety of marine life and dive sites.
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).
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.
Recommended Specialty Courses
- Night & limited visibility
- Boat diving
- Perfect buoyancy
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.
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
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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