We are very happy to have another great Caribbean snorkeling trip opportunity for you. Join this small guided group of 16 snorkelers on a liveaboard yacht for a week, as you tour Roatan, Cayos Cochinos, and Utila. These are part of the chain of Bay Islands of Honduras on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Not only will you snorkel wonderful shallow reefs teaming with tropical fish, but you will also have a pretty good chance of seeing juvenile Whale Sharks, stunning walls that drop into the deep that are full of life, and larger fish species.
This trip is being run by our partner and friend Ben and his team. Based in the U.K., they are experts at running amazing excursions, and have a great appreciation for the underwater world.
The comfortable 120 foot long Roatan Aggressor IV yacht, exclusively chartered for this snorkeling-only exploration, will be your home base for this trip. In addition to the Aggressor crew, a guide from Ben's team will accompany you who is also an underwater photography pro, to help with your pictures.
Even if you have visited Roatan before, this trip will provide a unique way to snorkel new areas, and experience stunning island landscapes and sunsets, from the vantage point of your comfy liveaboard yacht.
And if you have never traveled with an all snorkeling group, it is a joy. Everyone is in love with the same activity, and the entire trip itinerary is completely organized around visiting snorkeling spots that are perfect for snorkelers (not divers). You will come away from this trip with lifelong memories and friends!
Roatan and Utila are Honduran Caribbean islands in northern Central America. Belize is neighboring to the west, and both are part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.
You will fly directly to the island of Roatan, to Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport (code RTB). There are many direct flights available from the USA, on United, American, and Delta airlines. From Canada there are also direct flights from Toronto or Montreal. From the UK and Europe there are connecting flights available through Miami in the US. There are direct flights from Belize and San Salvador. And you can hop over directly from the Cayman Islands.
After arriving on Roatan you will take a short taxi ride to the Aggressor Liveaboard dock, located at Romeo's Restaurant in French Harbor.
Your group will spend the first couple of days snorkeling the west end of Roatan from your liveaboard. Then the yacht will head to the Cayos Cochinos islands for a night, then Utila for another day and a half, then back to Roatan for even more snorkeling.
This traveling itinerary was custom created by Aggressor Yachts for your snorkeling group, to give you the best opportunities to see a great variety of sea life and underwater topography around this island chain.
You will have up to five snorkeling sessions per day. You will enter and exit the water from large stable ladders off the back of the yacht, and there will be crew members in an inflatable raft keeping watch on the snorkeling group, and giving anyone a break when they need it.
You will explore the west end of Roatan, at sites like Front Yard and Half Moon Bay. You will find wonderful shallow reefs with big gorgonian fans, healthy hard corals, schools of beautiful reef fish, like French Angelfish and parrotfish, and Hawksbill turtles.
The Cayos Cochinos islands have beautiful white sand beaches and palm trees, with unique reefs surrounding them. Here you will have the opportunity to see larger species of fish like barracuda, jacks, and tarpons.
Around Utila you will have a pretty good chance of seeing juvenile Whale Sharks which are commonly in the area during the time you will be visiting. There are also some lovely shallow coral reefs around Utila that drop off into vertical walls. Spotting Eagle Rays, lobsters and moray eels can be spotted here too.
The Roatan Aggressor IV is a 120ft world-class liveaboard yacht with accommodation options of one master stateroom
with a queen bed, eight deluxe staterooms; seven having both a double and single
berth, and one having 2 twin beds. All staterooms have climate controls,
private bathrooms and showers. The yacht has 110 volt US type power outlets.
She features a roomy, air-conditioned salon and dining area, sun deck complete with a hot tub, lounge and deck chairs, stereo (has an iPod plug-in), shaded wet bar and grill, and a complete photo center with a digital video and still photo editing computer.
In addition to the main exit on the sleeping deck there are two other emergency exits at each end. Each cabin has a fire extinguisher in addition to the main extinguishers. There is also a night safety officer whose sole purpose is to check all key areas, and to assist with any needs.
onboard menu serves a plentiful variety of fresh local fruits and
veggies and locally grown meats in Caribbean and American style dishes,
as well as barbecues. Breakfasts will include fruits, local
specialties, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunch will be
buffet-style. And dinners are seated and served. Nearly all dietary
requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.) can be accommodated
if ingredients are locally available. All meals are included, as
well as complimentary soft drinks, beer, and wine.
This is a small group charter and we expect it to fill quickly. Your spot is reserved with your deposit. Contact Ben below for deposit instructions.
March 19-26, 2022 - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist.
Twin Cabin: $3,595.00 US per person
Deluxe Cabin: $3695.00 US per person
Master Cabin: $3895.00 US per person
The initial deposit for this trip is $400 US per person. At 12 months before departure there is a $600 US per person interim deposit, and at six months there is another $1000 US per person interim deposit. The final balance will be due three months before departure. A few payment options are available including debit and credit cards.
Individual travelers - Ben will happily find someone of the same sex for you to share a room with.
Ben and his U.K. based team are the organizers and leaders of this trip (more about them below). Galen & Nicole from TropicalSnorkeling.com are promoting this trip, but all signups, trip organization and payments are made to and managed by Ben's team. TropicalSnorkeling.com does receive a referral fee in exchange for promoting the trip, at no extra cost to attendees.
How to Sign Up or Learn More?
Use the contact form below to contact Ben and his team to request more information about them and express your interest in signing up. They will get back to you shortly with full details.
Ben (pictured with Nicole) is our friend and snorkeling trips partner. He and his team are based in the U.K. and have around twenty years of experience guiding in Asia and beyond. He has been running his own business since 2010 and is primarily offering guided snorkeling trips, but he started with diving. He began offering snorkeling specific trips because he was aware that snorkelers often get the short end of the stick when thrown in with divers. He and his team love the freedom and low stress of snorkeling, and are very aware of the different needs of snorkelers versus divers, in terms of the reef depth, and calm surface conditions needed.
experience going on one of his snorkeling trips we found it very well
organized, the guides were fantastic and very helpful, and the underwater experiences were exceptional. Snorkeling
groups really get the benefit of all of Ben and his guides' years of
experience in the water, and with different resorts and liveaboards.
of his trips are small groups of 12-18 guests, or with a similar ratio
of snorkelers to guides. And for where they visit, and how packed they
are with experiences, they are affordable.
His company is licensed and insured. Barring extreme circumstances they do not cancel trips, and all funds are held in a trust until the trip is completed giving you 100% financial security if they or any of their suppliers go out of business before the trip happens.