Scuba Diving in Honduras
Honduras is one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world and it is also one of the cheapest places to book a course. There are PADI courses, beginner lessons and adventure dive packages with top rated local dive centers. You could go diving in Utila or Roatán which have beautiful beaches, a relaxed atmosphere and options for both beginners and more advanced levels.
Learn to Scuba Dive in Honduras
Travel to Honduras and experience amazing diving opportunities for beginners and more advanced levels. You can find morning, afternoon and exciting night time dive trips in Honduras and dive sites are easy to access by boat and some are only around 5 minutes away from the Bay Islands. There are plenty of exotic marine life species to see in this region including lobsters, giant crabs, blow fish, hammerhead sharks, spotted drum, eagle rays, puffer fish, porcupine fish, burr fish, frog fish, stone fish, sea turtles and moreys.
Learning to scuba dive in Honduras is an amazing experience where you will learn underwater skills like equalizing the pressure in your nose, clearing a flooded mask, sharing air with another diver, and information to keep you safe underwater. In your spare time you can relax on the beach, go swimming, snorkeling or join an excursion. If you have a larger budget you could join a liveaboard boat diving excursion taking you to the very best locations in the region. We also recommend joining night time dives and going to ship wrecks which are full of marine life. Going diving in Honduras will be an incredible experience and we have scuba diving holidays and cheap dive packages available to book in advance.
Best Places to Go Diving in Honduras
Roatan is a very popular place to stay and go diving. Lots of operators are located here and due to tourism this area is very developed.
Utila is the smallest of 3 islands in this region at 9.5 miles long and 3.5 miles wide. It can be reached by ferry or air transport from La Ceiba. You can also fly from San Pedro Sula. Utila is one of the best places to go diving in the Caribbean, it is also one of the cheapest in the world to learn to dive.
Best Time of the Year to Go Diving in Honduras
You can dive in Honduras all year long and there is also a warm climate with an average temperature is 29° C. During February to March you are almost guaranteed to see whale sharks. Water temperature are usually around 27-32° C. Dive visibility vaies from 24m-45m but this really depends on the location and the weather.
How to Choose a Dive School in Honduras
With so many dive shops and resorts based in Roatan and Utila it can be hard to know which is the best one to make a booking with. Most dive centres offer similar services and packages but each is different in one way or another. To help you make a decision you might want to consider the following questions:
- Are the staff friendly & welcoming?
- Are the instructors experienced?
- How many instructors are there per class?
- How many people will be in a class?
- Is the equipment modern and of good quality?
- What times are classes?
- What dive sites will we visit?
- What kind of boats are used?
- Are meals included on boats?
- Is there enough shade to protect from the sun?
- Are extra equipment like snorkelling gear free to use?
- What is the cost for the course?
- Does the package include all equipment?
- Is accommodation included in the price and what is it like? Is there a kitchen or wifi?
- Are there any added bonuses like “fun” dives included?
- If I pay with a credit card is there an additional fee?
- Are any discounts offered?
Recommended Dive Centers in Honduras
We highly recommend Utila Dive Center who have been voted the best dive center in the world for the past two years. They offer a professional service and dive training all year round. Amazing dive trips are available for experienced divers and you can also go pro with divemaster training and internships - they also usually have a 100% pass rate. What makes Utila unique is they offer a speciality course which was custom made and approved by PADI, the Sidemount Diver/Instructor.
This speciality rating is another example of how Utila Dive Center lead the way in pioneering dive techniques and training. Sidemount diving is the fastest growing area in technical and also recreational diving, and allows divers better streamlining in the water, more redundancy with an additional tank if desired, and better trim and body positioning. This course is a 3 day distinctive speciality and offered exclusively at both diver and Instructor level. Many recreational divers are switching to sidemount as it allows them to conserve air, move more efficiently in water, and allows them easier travel with equipment.
What are you waiting for, contact Utila Dive Center on our website today to arrange a booking.
Best Dive Sites in Honduras
All dive centres visit different dive sites, and where you go also depends on your level. We recommend the following locations:
- The Canyons dive site in Utila is very underrated and has beautiful coral and canyons to explore
- Cara a Cara is the place to dive to see Caribbean reef sharks
- The HalliBurton 211 ship was sunk in 1998 and this location is full of fish and marine life, it is in a great location too only minutes away from the mainland by boat
Other good dive sites include:
- Spotted Bay
- Coco Sea Mount
- Toon Town
- West End CJs Drop off
- Black Bird Point
- Black Hills
- Blackfish Point
- Joshua's Swash
- Great Wall
- Mary’s Place
- Hole in the Wall
- El Aguila Wreck
- Blue Channel
- Eels Garden
- Half Moon Bay Wall
- Connie’s Dream
- Enchanted Forest
The price you pay really depends on the package you choose. Utila is a really great value destination to go scuba diving, prices here are generally cheaper than Roatan.
Dive Internships, Jobs & Careers in Honduras
Some local dive centres offer a scuba diving jobs and career advice for Honduras and places like Central America. This could be the biggest career change of your life. You could join a professional training program in Honduras and get qualified to become a PADI scuba instructor. After training you can find scuba diving internships and jobs in Honduras or worldwide. Sign up and enrol on a PADI Instructor course and get up close and personal with marine life on the beautiful Bay islands.
Need Help Booking a Course?
If you need any help arranging a dive course in Honduras please get in touch. You might also like to view our Central America scuba diving directory.
Honduras Dive Resort Reviews
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