The Bay Islands consist of eight islands and 53 small cays located off the northern coast of Honduras. Among these are Roatan, Utila and Cayo Cochinos which are world-renowned for their sheer walls, sloping drop offs and shallow soft coral reefs.
Roatan is ideally situated along The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second longest barrier reef in the world. This extensive reef attracts a wide variety of marine animals and feeds the Bay Islands with healthy and diverse populations of fish and other marine creatures.
From February to May there are good opportunities for encounters with juvenile whalesharks around the waters of Utila. We have scheduled our charters during these months.
This safari is escorted by a Snorkel Venture Photo Pro who will offer tips for using cameras whilst snorkeling and how to get the most out of your camera system.
The 7 night charter runs from Saturday to Saturday with time divided between Roatan, Cayo Conchinos and Utila. We'll start by spending Sunday snorkeling the shallow reefs of West End Roatan which are adorned with soft corals and schools of colourful reef fish including French Angelfish, butterflyfish, tangs and parrotfish.
There's plenty of snorkeling to be enjoyed around the island so we'll stay on Roatan for Monday as well with another full day of snorkeling. We'll spend time at sites such as Front Yard and Half Moon Bay as well as other reefs around the island - impressive gorgonian fans, giant barrel sponges and hawksbill turtles are among the many highlights.
From Roatan we'll travel south to the beautiful Cayo Cochinos islands. This small collection of island are certainly pleasing to the eye with white sand beaches and palm trees which are surrounded by blue waters and diverse reefs. This is a good area for larger encounters including barracuda, tarpons and jacks.
On Wednesday we will head to Utila for more reef snorkeling and the chance to see juvenile whale sharks which can be seen frequently between February and May. Encounters are never guaranteed but range from average to good. Expect more beautiful soft coral gardens with sloping reefs and dramatic drops offs. Eagle rays, spiny Caribbean lobster and morays are among the highlights here.
Thursday is split between Utila and Roatan depending on the conditions. This is a flexible day depending on the conditions and the potential for whalesharks. On Friday we'll head back to Roatan for more snorkeling on the West End before lunch and a chance for some land touring.
For more information on local land tours or extending your stay in a resort just get in touch here.
Water temperature: 75-84F, 25-28C. 3 mm wetsuit recommended.
Sample Itinerary (please note this is subject to change due to weather and sea conditions)
Saturday - Boarding: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday - Thursday: Eat, Sleep & Snorkel (up to 5 snorkel sessions are offered each day)
- Sun: Roatan (West End of Roatan)
- Mon: Roatan (West End or South side Roatan)
- Tues: Cayos Cochinos
- Wed: Utila
- Thurs: Utila/Roatan
Friday - Roatan (West End or South side Roatan) for two snorkel sessions, lunch then return to dock, sunset cocktail party/dinner ashore
Saturday: 8 am Check Out
The Roatan Aggressor IV is a 120’ power yacht. Accommodations include 1 master stateroom with a queen bed, 8 deluxe staterooms; 7 having a double and single berth, and one having 2 twin beds. All staterooms have climate controls, private bathrooms and showers.
Sleeping 18 guests in privacy and comfort, 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, a complete photo center with a digital video and still photo editing computers. camera table with low-pressure air hoses, and two hot, fresh water showerson the dive platform.
The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with fresh local fruits and veggies, island seafood, and local grown meats serving Caribbean and American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. You will awaken to fresh fruits, local specialties, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners are seated and served each evening including: salads, vegetables, fresh local seafood, beef or chicken with fresh homemade desserts.
Once onboard, please speak to the chef about any special needs. Certain special dietary and beverage requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location.
The Aggressor’s beverage selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary.
Price per person
Twin Cabin: 3395 USD
Deluxe Cabin: 3495 USD
Master Cabin: 3695 USD
Non Sharing Cabin: On Request
Initial deposit: US$400 per person
12-months from departure: US$600 per person interim deposit
Final balance: Due 90 days before departure
Many major airlines fly direct nonstop from the USA to Roatan (RTB) from multiple gateways on Saturday: American Airlines, Delta, and United. There are many direct flights from the US and several connecting flights through the US gateway cities of Miami, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas.
From the UK and Europe there are various flight connections via Miami.
The ROATAN AGGRESSOR® liveaboard departs from the dock located at Romeo's Restaurant in French Harbor, Roatan. It is located 7 miles from the Roatán International Airport (RTB) in Coxen Hole.
Guests arriving into the Roatán International Airport on Saturday will first clear customs then proceed outside. There are several options depending on what time you arrive. You may take a taxi to Romeo's Restaurant and store your bags on the ROATAN AGGRESSOR and have lunch until boarding at 3:30 pm or, from the airport you may take a taxi to the host hotel, Clarion Suites at Pineapple Villas in French Harbor and have lunch and enjoy their facilities for an additional charge. Guests may board the yacht anytime between 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Everyone must be onboard by 6 pm.
The ROATAN AGGRESSOR® liveaboard returns back to the dock located at Romeo's Restaurant Friday afternoon after lunch (2 snorkel sessions offered Friday). A sunset cocktail party will be hosted on the sundeck with dinner ashore.
Check-out is Saturday morning at 8 am. The crew will assist organizing transportation back to the Roatán International Airport or the host hotel if you are extending your stay.
Late Saturday Departure
For guests departing Saturday afternoon a day package’ option can be purchased onboard the Roatan Aggressor that will include transportation from the yacht to the Clarion Resort (host hotel) where guests can enjoy the beautiful facilities. The cost is $45 plus tax and includes transportation from the yacht to the Clarion, lunch, use of the facilities and transportation to the airport.
To find out the latest availability on this tour click on the link below:
Enquiry for Roatan & Utila Snorkeling Safari
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