Best Blue Channel Snorkeling

The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in Honduras.

  West End, Bay Islands, Honduras


  August 6, 2016

On the southwest end of Roatan near West Bay, the snorkeling at Blue Channel offers diverse marine life in a 30 foot deep channel running parallel to shore. The Blue Channel is located about 300 feet from the Suena Del Mar Beach. The waters range from 5 to 50 feet deep. The Blue Channel snorkeling dive site can be accessed from either shore or by boat. You may encounter snapper, tangs, damselfish, grouper and grunts.

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.

After a long day of snorkeling the Blue Channel, 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.

The Blue Channel snorkeling dive site is located southwest of the airport and south of West End town. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Blue Channel including The Wife / Hole-In-The-Wall, Half Moon Bay, Lighthouse Reef and Divemasters Choice.

Local Contacts:  Roatan Marine Park (504) 2445-4206 Instituto Hondureno de Turismo (504) 2222-2124; Barefoot Divers (504) 9468-7147; West Bay Divers (504) 9775 7295.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Chillies Hostel, West End (504) 2445-4003; Coconut Tree Cabins, West End

Luxury Loding:  Infinity Bay Resort +504-2445-5016; Barefoot Cay Resort +504-9967-3642; Palmetto Bay Plantation +504-9991-0811

Breakfast Restaurant:  Earth Mamas, West End

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  16.293304, -86.599833

Date Published:  7/23/2014

Date Updated:  8/6/2016

ID:  24429

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