Snorkeling Spots In Utila, Honduras?

by debbieo
(Dothan, Alabama)

We will be spending 3 weeks snorkeling in Utila, Honduras. This will be a new Bay Island adventure for us.

We will try to explore every nook and cranny of snorkeling spots that time allows.

If you have been, we are interested in any information about snorkeling spots you can share, and also information about how you traveled from Roatan to Utila.

Wish us luck in spotting a Whale Shark while we are there!

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Nov 21, 2016
Utila Snorkeling
by: Dave Clausen

I was in Utila for snorkeling in both 2013 and 2014. Utila has a very limited road system, which hinders the snorkeling options unless you go by boat.

Nearly all the accommodations are in town, where there are no beaches and no snorkeling except perhaps for marginal snorkeling under some piers.

However there is one neighborhood, called Blue Bayou, at the far western end of the road about a mile from the end of town that has excellent snorkeling right offshore. There are some houses and cottages to rent there and one small hotel at the very end of the road. (I can't remember the name of the hotel; it isn't fancy.)

We stayed at a place called Slumberland in Blue Bayou that had two "villas" for rent. It was a little expensive by Utila standards and could have used some TLC but was basically fine. We rented bicycles to get back and forth to town.

Besides snorkeling off Blue Bayou, we also hired a fishermen to take us out to Water Cay, a small offshore island that has good snorkeling. However, I thought the snorkeling was better off Blue Bayou.

We also took a kayak trip to the north side of the island where there was interesting but very shallow snorkeling.

In 2014 there was a small boat shuttle that took you along the island's lagoon to a new fancy vacation home development where there was snorkeling off their beach club. This was nice alternative to Blue Bayou for a day, but again I thought Blue Bayou had better snorkeling.

In general, I would rate Roatan better than Utila for snorkeling, especially West Bay Beach on Roatan which has some spectacular snorkeling. West Bay Beach is also more sheltered from wind than Utila. We were blown out for snorkeling a couple of times on Utila. However, Utila has a completely different slower vibe than Roatan, which is an advantage for Utila. Also, I thought the town on Utila was more attractive than any of the towns on Roatan.

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