Best Elkhorn Forest Snorkeling

The 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot in Guanaja Island.

  Guanaja Island


  August 15, 2016

Off the southeast side of Guanaja Island in the Bay Islands, the snorkeling at Elkhorn Forest is known for its shallow reefs. The boat-acccessed Elkhorn Forest snorkeling dive site is located between Josh Cay and Jane's Cay in 5 foot to 50 foot deep waters. During a dive, you may encounter wrasse, hogfish, parrotfish, damselfish and sergeant majors.

Guanaja Island is surrounded by a fringing reef that is a declared marine reserve. Within the marine reserve, there are 38 designated mooring sites marked by buoys.

After a long day of snorkeling at Elkhart Forest, you may want to cool off with a cold drink on Guanaja Island at the Pirates Den Bar, the Crazy Parrott or La Giraida. A good apres-dive meal can be found at either Graham’s Place restaurant or Manati restaurant in Sandy Bay.

To reach the snorkeling at Guanaco Island by air from the mainland, fly into Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) in San Pedro Sula. Then, you will need to transfer to an inter-island flight.

To reach the snorkeling on Guanaja Island by air from Roatan, you may be able to find a direct flight to Roatan into Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) from Miami or Houston. There is an inter-island airline called Island Air (504) 9558-8683.

TIP - The sand flies (aka no-see-ums) are known to be voracious year-round. Make sure to bring plenty of bug lotion.

Overall, Elkhorn Forest is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 4 snorkeling dives in Guanaja Island.

Local Contacts:  Instituto Hondureno de Turismo (504) 2222-2124

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Nautilus Dive Resort (504) 9918-8855; Bos Island House (504) 9923-7477

Luxury Loding:  Grahams Place (504) 3368-5495; West Park Inn (504) 2408-3072; La Giralda (504) 9603-3884.

GPS:  16.46182, -85.828652

Date Published:  12/28/2011

Date Updated:  8/15/2016

ID:  24422

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