NOTES: On the south shore east of French Harbor, the snorkeling at CoCo View Resort is very popular for its walls and dense marine life. The waters just south of the resort buildings are locally known as the Front Yard and a good place to enter the water is near the Clubhouse at the gazebo pier. There are two coral walls and a wreck to explore. At the on-site Dockside Dive Center on the north side of the resort, there are gear lockers and fresh water showers.
The Coco View Wall is located southeast of the gazebo pier and the over-water cabanas. The reef top comes within 5 feet of water surface, and is populated with elkhorn coral, staghorn coral and lettuce coral. There are several cleaning stations along with a resident green moray eel to observe. The main Coco View wall is east-west running, and the best snorkeling is located to the east and to the west of the main cut in the wall.
The Newmans Wall is located located south of gazebo pier across the channel. The reef top comes within 5 feet of the water surface, and is a densely covered reef formation. The main wall is north-south running.
The Prince Albert Wreck is located south of gazebo pier in middle of channel. It is a 140 foot long ship that can be viewed in its entirety if the visibility is very good. Since it is in the middle of the channel, make sure to watch for surface boat traffic. When starting to snorkel from the gazebo, try finding the chain passing through the cut in the wall which leads out to the wreck. The chain provides habitat to dense marine life and is home to many cleaning stations. You may encounter jawfish, damselfish, parrotfish, squirrelfish, sergeant majors, barracuda, eels and eagle rays.
The snorkeling off Roatan is known to be truly world class. Roatan is located northeast of Tegucigalpa about 35 miles of the Honduran coast. Isla de Roatan is about 32 miles long and ranges from 1 mile to 4 miles wide. The reefs around Roatan are known to have about 25% live coral, which is actually relatively healthy compared to other reefs found in the Caribbean. The average water temperature around Roatan varies little from summer (82F) to winter (78F). The best visibility can be found during the driest months of February through May.
After a long day of snorkeling at CoCo View, you might want to grab a drink to cool off at Frenchys 44 Restaurant located east of French Harbor (504) 3304-5776.
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.
Additional printed reading material on CoCo View Wall snorkeling
can be found in Snorkeling Honduras
by from Lonely Planet.