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West End Beach Snorkeling Map
COUNTRY: Roatan   PROVINCE: Bay Islands   (Printer Version)
TITLE: West End Beach
NOTES: Off Roatan in the Bay Islands, the snorkeling at West End Beach is a popular local dive site known for diverse marine life. During West End Beach snorkeling, you may encounter sea horses, clownfish, stingrays, parrotfish and sea turtles, along with dolphins further offshore. These sand flats slope from the shallows out to 20 feet deep near the reef edge. It is a shore accessed dive site, but can also be accessed by boat.

The snorkeling off Roatan is known to be truly world class. Isla de Roatan is about 32 miles long and ranges from 1 mile to 4 miles wide. Roatan is located northeast of Tegucigalpa about 35 miles of the Honduran coast. The waters surrounding Roatan are protected as the Roatan Marine Park. The Roatan Marine Park has installed over 60 mooring bouys at major dive sites to protect the reefs from anchors. The average water temperature around Roatan varies little from summer (82F) to winter (78F).

After a long day of snorkeling at West End Beach, you might want to grab a drink to cool off at Eagle Rays in West End.

To reach the snorkeling in the Bay Islands by air, fly into Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) in San Pedro Sula. Then, you will need to transfer to an inter-island flight to the Bay Islands. Alternately, if you are coming from the US, you may be able to find a direct flight to Roatan into Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) from Miami or Houston. A passport valid for at least 6 months past the departure date is required and there is a $38USD departure tax.

The West End Beach is located southwest of the airport at the far west point of Roatan.

Additional printed reading material on West End Beach snorkeling can be found in Snorkeling Honduras by from Lonely Planet.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Roatan Marine Park (504) 2445-4206 Instituto Hondureno de Turismo (504) 2222-2124; Barefoot Divers (504) 9468-7147; West Bay Divers (504) 9775 7295.
MAPS:  Roatan Dive Map from Franko Maps
BREAKFAST JOINT: Earth Mamas, West End
BASE CAMP: Chillies Hostel, West End (504) 2445-4003; Coconut Tree Cabins, West End
LUXURY LODGE: Infinity Bay Resort +504-2445-5016; Barefoot Cay Resort +504-9967-3642; Palmetto Bay Plantation +504-9991-0811
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