It’s easy to give-in to the desire to spend your first hours running for the shoreline, Mai-tai in hand. And while a beach day is perfect for many, consider spending your first day on this Honduran island getting to know it a bit better. Explore. West Bay and West End are two names you’ll likely use as reference frequently. West Bay is the furthest western end of the island. Look here for some good (but pricey) restaurants, white-sand beaches and luxury resorts.
It would be a shame to come to Roatan and not explore the underwater world a little bit. Right on your doorstep lies the second largest coral reef system in the world (the first being the Great Barrier Reef in Australia) and a great mangrove swamp just begging to be discovered. Whether snorkeling or diving, exploring the hundreds of species of sea life, the manta rays, the moray eels and the little sea-dragons with funny heads – the world is important, exciting, and all around you – in Roatan.