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Diving in Cayos Cochinos

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When to go to Cayos Cochinos

Diving can be done all year round. The rainy season is from July to January, with the rainiest months being October through early January. The average air temperatures range from 24 to 34C/75F-93F. The average water temperature rangies from 25 to 29C/78-84F. Visibility ranges from 10-35m/32-114ft. The currents may vary, but generally are slight. What to see These islands feature various marine life, which includes more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk, several types of sea turtles, more than 500 species of fish, one of the world's largest manatee populations. There is a possibility to see whales, dolphins, hammerhead sharks and other pelagic species. The islands offer numerous opportunities for scuba divers and snorkelers. Visitors can explore small sandy cays, submerged seamounts, fringing reefs and vertical walls. Some of the most exciting diving takes place on seamounts where tiny tropical fish mingle with pelagics.

Scuba diving in Cayos Cochinos

Cayos Cochinos is a group of two small islands, Cayo Menor and Cayo Grande, and 13 small coral cays situated off the northern coast of Honduras, about 30km northeast of La Ceiba. Closest airports are Goloson International and Utila. From any of these you can get to Cayos Cochinos by boat. There are no cars on the islands, which makes this place ideal for travelers looking to avoid a crowded tourist metropolis. Cayos Cochinos, a Marine Biological Reserve from 1993, is a part of the second largest coral reef system in the world known as the Meso-American Barrier Reef. There are about 16 sites within the Marine Park that are suitable for all diving levels (average depth ranges between 2-30m/5-100ft). The best sites are Roatan Banks, Pelican's Point, Lion’s Head, The Garden, Big Coco and Little Coco. Lion’s Head is a nice, shallow sandy dive with lots of huge coral heads, while Roatan Banks is a sea mound where huge schools of barracuda, jacks, snapper, turtles, rays, groupers and every type of coral and reef fish can be found. Roatan Banks is recommended for certified divers only.